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Level 2 Aqua Instructor Course

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Level 2 Aqua Instructor Course


All you need to do is complete the home study assessments, there's no practical attendance required.

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  • Pay in full

    Total payable £213.75 5% discount £11.25
  • 6 month payment plan

    1 x £25 and 5 x £20 Minimum deposit £100 Total payable £225

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

    Level 2 Fitness Instructor Qualification

  • Accreditations

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

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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 online and distance-learning, incorporating both theory and practical training and assessments to ensure that you have the essential knowledge and skills to succeed. This blended and self-paced structure ensures you’ll have plenty of time to master the technical aspects of teaching water-based exercise before you undertake your final assessments.

Course Structure:

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Distance learning

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Online 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

If you don’t already have a recognised level 2 fitness instructor qualification, you will need to complete the anatomy and physiology, health, fitness and professionalism module also. This would incur an additional fee of £220.00. Experience of participating in water-based exercise sessions will also be essential. If you don't have this experience, we strongly advise that you start attending sessions as soon as you enrol and that you give yourself longer to complete the programme.

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

This water-based fitness instructor qualification includes a range of both theory and practical assessments to ensure you have the necessary knowledge and skills. You'll complete all of the theory assessments 9coursework) online, whereas your practical assessment you will complete remotely. Essentially, once you and your support tutor feel your ready to complete your practical assessment, you'll record yourself teaching a small water-based exercise session to a group and submit this for assessment.



  • Worksheets
  • Workbooks
  • Lesson plan

Practical assessment

  • Teaching a class
  • 45-60 minutes
  • Completed remotely

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
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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
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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

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