Qualified aqua aerobics with a float
Qualified aqua aerobics with a float
Qualified aqua aerobics with a float

Level 2 Aqua Instructor Course

Enquire today

Level 2 Aqua Instructor Course


Please contact us for more information about this course

Enquire now

Make a splash and become an in-demand group exercise instructor with this exciting Level 2 qualification.

  • Course type

    Blended learning

  • Time to qualify

    6-8 weeks

  • Entry requirements

    No entry requirements

  • Accreditations

    YMCA Awards are HFE's awarding body HFE's fitness courses and qualifications are endorsed by CIMSPA

One Career. Unlimited Possibilities.

Join our exercise to music graduates working with some of the world's leading gyms and health clubs.

Pure gym logo Icon depicting Virgin active logo Bannatyne gym logo Nuffield health logo David Lloyd

Level 2 Aqua Instructor Course

Why not increase the number of group exercise classes you offer with our exciting aqua aerobics instructor course?


Aquatic fitness is very different from land-based exercise and is an incredibly popular and in-demand mode of group exercise. If you want to learn how to teach aqua-based exercise then this aqua instructor course could be just what you are looking for.

Group exercise continues to grow in popularity and taking this activity away from the studio provides an exciting change of pace for those you teach. Our Level 2 Aqua Instructor course teaches you everything you need to know about planning and teaching effective exercise in water. You’ll also discover how water affects the body and how you can use this to your advantage to teach exciting, engaging and effective water-based classes.

The course is certified by YMCA Awards and is delivered with a mix of distance learning and practical training sessions. This blended approach ensures you’ll have plenty of time to master the technical aspects of the course before you undertake your final assessments.

Course Structure:

Home icon representing home study

Distance learning

Icon used to represent practical training

Practical training


Final assessments

This qualification is very flexible and is especially popular with exercise to music teachers and personal trainers looking to expand on their repertoire and increase the number of classes, sessions or services that they can offer. It also makes for a great piece of continuing professional development (CPD) evidence for those looking to learn new skills.

Entry Requirements

There are no formal prerequisites for this course, but we do recommend that you already hold a Level 2 Fitness Instructor qualification. Experience of participating in water-based exercise sessions will also be incredibly useful.

If you don’t already have a fitness instructor qualification, you will need to complete the anatomy and physiology, and the principles of exercise and fitness modules also, and this would incur an additional fee of £100.00.

What You'll Learn How You'll be Assessed Learning and Support Materials

What You'll Learn

The course is designed to teach you everything you need to know to be an effective aqua instructor. The theory and practical elements are covered in an interactive and engaging way throughout the course and you will develop a wide range of knowledge and skills, including:

  • Planning Water-Based Exercise

    Planning Water-Based Exercise

    • Gathering client information
    • Equipment for water-based sessions
    • Types of water-based exercise
    • Adapting water-based exercise
    • Progressing water-based exercise
    • Health and safety adaptations
  • Teaching Water-Based Exercise

    Teaching Water-Based Exercise

    • Choreography water-based exercise
    • Warming-up and cooling-down
    • Teaching MSE exercise in water
    • Teaching aerobic exercise in water
    • Teaching flexibility exercises in water
  • Properties of Water

    Properties of Water

    • Using eddy resistance
    • Using viscous resistance
    • Muscle contractions in water
    • Hydrostatic pressure and exercise
    • Buoyancy and exercise
  • Pool Safety Considerations

    Pool Safety Considerations

    • Water depth
    • Emergency procedures
    • Pool hygiene
    • Appropriate clothing
    • Size of pools
    • Using outdoor pools
  • Using Music in Aqua Classes

    Using Music in Aqua Classes

    • Structure of music
    • Beats and phrases
    • PPL and licence free music
    • Styles and genres of music
    • Legalities of music
    • Music subscription services

How You'll be Assessed

As this is a blended learning course, we’ll assess you in a range of practical and theoretical ways. This gives you the best chance of passing first time and successfully launching your aqua instructor career. Please note: If you don’t already hold a Level 2 Certificate in Fitness Instruction (or equivalent) you will also need to undertake the anatomy and physiology module and this will require you to complete a theory exam also. The charge for this is £100.00. Below you will find a summary of the course assessments.



  • Worksheets
  • Workbooks
  • Lesson plan

Practical assessment

  • Teaching a class
  • 45-60 minutes
  • Completed on course

Learning and Support Materials

This water-based exercise instructor qualification is delivered using blended learning, seamlessly combining a period of supported home-study with face-to-face practical attendance. Home-study is not lone study, and our team of learning support tutor will be on hand to guide you through your course. Here’s a snapshot of some of the materials you’ll receive:

Intuitive, informative and visually engaging training manuals
Learning materials


Our aqua instructor course training manual includes all the knowledge and information you need to achieve this qualification.

Unlimited support from our team of remote tutors
Image of support tutor

Friendly and supportive

Our team of friendly tutors are highly motivated to see you succeed. They will always be on hand as and when you need help.

An easy-to-follow study guide
Home study guide

Your compass

All you need to do is follow the study guide and complete the prescribed tasks week-by-week and you'll achieve in no time.

Instant feedback on your learning progress
Study on your own terms

Live course progress

Get instant access to your course progress from our Learner Engagement System (LES).

Access to our flagship CV Connect
Study at your own pace

Get connected

Our exclusive CV Connect system means you are best placed at finding that dream job once you graduate.

*Images are for illustration purposes and may not depict specific course materials

Request More Information

Subscribe to our newsletter

Step inside the world of health and fitness

Level 2 Aqua Instructor Course

Get in touch with us today

Error message

Please select whether you'd like to receive email updates.

Would you like to receive email updates about new courses, venues, dates and offers? You can opt out at any time. See privacy policy to learn more.

Back to top