Get Trained! Water-based exercise
class tailor-made for people with arthritis
The Arthritis Foundation Aquatics Program was created for people with
arthritis to keep joints flexible, muscles strong and to help reduce the pain
associated with arthritis. The
program is a safe, fun way for people to stay fit. The updated program includes
new exercises, deep-water movements and equipment.
Get Involved! Get certified
to lead the class
Every class of the Arthritis Foundation
Aquatics Program is led by a certified leader/instructor. Instructors receive
detailed training on aquatic exercises and routines. Sign up today!
Pre-Requisites for Leaders:
- Compliance with Leader/Instructor Statement of Understanding
- CPR certification
- Ability to swim 25 yards
using any stroke without stopping
- Ability to jump into deep
water, surface and either float for a minimum of ten
minutes or tread water for a minimum of 1 minute
- Ability to perform
the recovery position from the face up or face down in shallow and deep water.
Additional pre-requisites for
- YMCA, Red Cross or other
nationally recognized lifeguard or water safety rescue is required
- First aid certification is
Other desirable abilities
- Empathy towards people
with arthritis and related diseases gained through personal or professional
- Interest in working with
groups of people with arthritis
- Experience in teaching
exercise classes; skill in group process and instructional techniques
- Desire and ability to help
- Strong belief in the value
of physical activity
For the class:
You will need to bring a
swimsuit and towel. Bring your own lunch. Once accepted into the course, you will be mailed or emailed a pre-training booklet to be completed for to the workshop. Complete the booklet and bring it to the training. If you do not bring a completed booklet, you will be asked to leave the training. You must attend the entire training.
You will be notified when
you are accepted into the course. If the course is full by the time your
application is received, you will automatically be placed on a waiting list and
notified by e-mail. Class size is limited.
In order to remain certified by the
Arthritis Foundation, you must attend a re-certification training every three
Deadline for Registration is 10 days prior to training.