Level 2 aqua instructor course

Make a splash with our leading online water-based exercise and fitness instructor qualification

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water-based exercise class

An industry leading aqua instructor course

Take your career in group exercise to a new level with this leading water-based (aqua) fitness instructor qualification.

  • Completely online:

    A fully on-demand theory and practical training offers great flexibility

  • Licence free:

    Achieve a qualification with no ongoing license or renewal fees

  • Self-paced:

    Achieve in as little as 4-6 weeks, although you can take your time if you like

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Book your place for only £100 deposit

Book your place for only £100 deposit

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Payment Options

  • 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



Payment Options

  • Pay in full

    Total payable £422.75 5% discount £22.25
  • 6 month payment plan

    1 x £60 and 5 x £57 Minimum deposit £100 Total payable £445

Course overview: Level 2 aqua instructor course

Water-based fitness instructors are currently in great demand. If you're considering becoming an aqua fitness instructor, there's never been a better time than now because the demand for your knowledge, skills and services are at a record high.

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.

Our aqua 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 or to accrue some extra CIMSPA points.

The on-demand structure of this aqua instructor course ensures that you can learn and progress at your own pace. If you want to take a more intensive approach, you can qualify in a matter of weeks. If you want to take your time and master the content before you complete your assessments, then this is also fine because you’ll have up to 6 months to finish your assessments.

  • Entry requirements

    Our aqua instructor course (Award) has been designed and priced for qualified fitness instructors looking to add more skills to their profession. Therefore, if you don’t already have a recognised level 2 fitness instructor qualification, you will need to select and complete the Certificate version of the course, which includes anatomy and physiology, health, fitness and professionalism. These additional modules would incur an additional fee of £220.00. Once complete, you'll receive a full Level 2 Certificate in Water-Based Exercise.

    You will also need some practical experience of participating in water-based exercise sessions, so 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.

  • Accreditations

    This Level 2 Award in Teaching Aqua Fitness is certified by YMCA Awards and is fully endorsed by CIMSPA. Before we can certificate you, we will need evidence of your Level 2/3 fitness instructor qualification.

    With the backing of YMCA Awards and CIMSPA, you can rest assured that your achievements will be recognised around the world by all health, fitness and leisure operators.

  • Learning Materials

    This programme includes a range of online eLearning style content to guide you through all the essential knowledge and skills. We also provide within this eLearning, a range of short video lectures filmed on a live course to guide you through the essential knowledge and skill development content.

    We'll provide you with a practical class demonstration so that you can see how the theory content that you have learned applied to the practical environment. We strongly advise that you watch this more than once and that you take notes to consolidate your learning.

  • Career and Progression

    On completion of this level 2 aqua instructor course, you'll be eligible to deliver aqua fitness classes around the world as this qualification is internationally recognised.

    If you're thinking of adding new skills and qualifications to your CV, then you might want to consider our Pilates instructor courses, or our yoga teacher training courses.

  • CIMSPA CPD Points

    This qualification is fully mapped to CIMSPAs professional standards and is worth 10 CIMSPA CPD Points.

Payment Options

Our programmes are carefully designed to ensure that they offer the highest quality, widest accessibility and greatest flexibility.

Our aqua-aerobics course has been created to the highest standard in order to provide a qualification which is fit for industry while also being fairly priced.

Special Offers, Discounts and Deals

We are committed to quality, fairness and transparency, which is why we openly list our course prices on our website for all to see. We don’t engage in discounting, bargaining or deal-making and our price promise ensures that all our students pay the same fair price for their training and qualifications.


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Term: 6 months

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Pay in Full


Get a 5% prompt payment discount
when you pay your fees in full.

Buy Now, Pay Later


Term: 6 months

Buy now and pay later with
our INTEREST FREE payment plans.

Purchase Order


Provide a purchase order on enrolment
and settle the invoice within 30 days*

*Only available for business bookings and subject to the appropriate due diligence.

You're in safe hands

Throughout this level 2 aqua instructor course, you'll have access to our team of passionate and enthusiastic learning support tutors who will be on hand to guide you through your qualification and answer any technical, assessment or career-related questions that you may have. Our support team are true champions which is why they're constantly rated as 5-star on all the major review platforms.

Some of the more common ways we support our students includes:

  • Phone

  • Email

  • Video call

  • Webinar

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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 this aqua instructor course and you will develop a wide range of knowledge and skills, including:

  • 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

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

  • Exercising in water

    Properties of water
    Types of water-resistance
    Using eddy resistance
    Using viscous resistance
    Muscle contractions in water
    Hydrostatic pressure and exercise
    Buoyancy and exercise

  • Pool safety considerations

    Water depth
    Emergency procedures
    Pool hygiene
    Appropriate clothing
    Size of pools
    Using outdoor pools

  • 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

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

A career as an aqua instructor
with unlimited opportunities

Join the thousands of HFE graduates, including those that have qualified as aqua fitness instructors, who are now working with some of the world's leading gyms and health clubs.

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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 to practice in a live fitness environment. Throughout your studies you'll complete all of the knowledge assessments (coursework) online, whereas your practical teaching skills will be assessed on poolside where you'll need to deliver a full water-based fitness session to a group of participants. As this is an online programme, you'll simply need to record yourself delivering your aqua session and submit this to us for marking. Our support team will help you prepare for this assessment.

For more information on the assessment process, take a closer look at the assessments for this course or watch the following assessment video.

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  • Multiple choice workbooks
  • Lesson plan
  • Worksheets


  • Aqua fitness class
  • 45-60 mins
  • Record and submit for marking

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