A unique chance to receive training as an Aqua Leader will soon be available in Orange. Enrolments are being taken now for a free two day workshop presented by internationally renowned Colleen Wilson-Lord OAM and Dr Brian Lord.
Colleen and her husband Brian have been training fitness leaders for over 30 years and are enthusiastic about rural areas receiving equal access to training. Clinton Gibbs, Aqua Project Leader and Health Promotion Officer from Western NSW Local Health District noted this is the third year Health Promotion has offered Aqua training and over 50 leaders have been trained.
“Workshops have recently been held in Broken Hill, Lightning Ridge and Dubbo and now people from around Orange can be trained.” Clinton stated. “If you are interested in helping your community be more active and love the water, this is a wonderful opportunity.”
Participants don’t have to come from a health or fitness background, just be community minded and prepared to undergo some basic Aqua and First Aid training. “Community volunteers can become Registered Volunteers with the Local Health District and receive guidelines on how to run groups” noted Clinton. “The workshops do not provide formal fitness leader training, but are of a very high standard.” he explained.
Exercising in the water is a great option for many people, especially those with injuries or joint problems. The fitness industry reports Aqua is its’ fastest growing sector and it is now widely recognised that it is useful for people other than pregnant ladies and older people.
“While beginners and the less active can start gently, techniques such as deep water workouts or the use of Aqua noodles, dumbbells and belts can provide a more intense workout.” said Colleen Wilson-Lord. “Many top level athletes and sporting clubs use the resistance and buoyancy of water to safely increase strength and fitness without aggravating any joints or injuries.”
Leaders can offer free classes to sporting teams, groups of men, older people, busy workers or anyone. The training is open to people who are prepared to run free Aqua classes in their community for the next 12 months, in the appropriate seasons.
If you would a Registration Form or more details, contact Clinton Gibbs phone 6841 5590 or by email Clinton.Gibbs@gwahs.health.nsw.gov.au.The free workshop will be held on November 21 and 22 at Orange Aquatic Centre, but you must register to attend. Lunch will be provided.
Overall Aqua exercise is a great way to get fit and have fun at the same time. With what may well be a very hot summer on the way, becoming an Aqua Fitness Leader and running classes would be a huge bonus to your community.