United States Water Fitness Association
The Central Aquatics Information Resource for over 30 Years
"The health and safety of our participants, including our instructors, is our top priority."
- John Spannuth, USWFA President/CEO

Announcing Two National Aquatic Certifications in one package!
Aquatic Wellness Coach
Aquatic Fitness Personal Trainer
Take a step up and sharpen your knowledge as a professional water fitness instructor, teacher, and coach.

Three levels of National Aquatic Certifications:

  • Primary
  • Masters
  • Elite

These two courses are:

  • Home study
  • Self-paced. Complete the work at your own speed.
  • Distance learning - complete the work in your home area.
  • Three-year certifications that can be renewed.
  • Lifestyle Management, Wellness, and Education programs.

Course materials

  • Aquatic Wellness Coach Manual (Edition #1)
  • Aquatic Fitness Personal Training Manual (Edition # 8)
  • Anatomy Manual
  • Open Book Test
  • Distance learning materials - you will receive this material when you return your completed Open Book Test to us.
  • Two Coast to Coast Fitness Marathon Posters

Specific Course Emphasis:

  • Mindset of the Personal Trainer and Client
  • Water Fitness
  • Combating The Aging Process
  • Education
  • Wellness
  • Lifestyle Management
  • Motivation
  • Nutrition
  • Weight Management
  • Physical Health
  • Mental Wellness
  • Personal Safety and Injury Prevention
  • Life Experiences
  • Joy and Happiness

Who Is Our Target Market For This Course?

  • Individuals who want to learn more about water fitness including future trends, philosophies of water fitness programs, etc.
  • All water fitness instructors and others interested in water exercise.
  • People who are now aquatic fitness personal trainers.
  • Aquatic directors, coordinators (and directors) of water fitness programs, group exercise coordinators, etc.
  • People who are interested in teaching water fitness programs.
  • People who want to be qualified to teach water exercise classes or sessions.
  • People who just want the updated materials about water fitness and have no immediate interest in being certified.


Requirements To Register For The 3 Levels Of The Course

  1. Primary
    • 18 years of age or older.
    • Interest in learning more about aquatic fitness and teaching water fitness classes.
  2. Masters
    • More than 200 or more hours of teaching water fitness classes and/or aquatic fitness personal training sessions over at least 5 years.
  3. Elite
    • More than 400 or more hours of teaching water fitness classes and/or aquatic fitness personal training sessions over at least 10 years.

What Is The Major Difference Of The 3 Levels?

  • The background of the individual in water fitness.
  • The amount of distance learning work required.
  • The program fee.

Steps To Certification

Step Complete These Steps USWFA Action Steps
1. Register for the course with USWFA National Headquarters
  • Your three manuals, Open Book Test, and posters will be mailed to you from USWFA National Headquarters by Priority mail within 48 hours.
  • Your personalized file folder will be developed and prepared to contain all of your course information.
2. Read and study the manuals.
3. Complete the Open Book Test. Return it to USWFA National Headquarters.
  • Your Open Book test will be reviewed and graded.
  • If you have scored the passing score, you will receive a letter from the USWFA with your Open Book test score and your Distance Learning materials to be completed by you.
4. Complete the Distance Learning materials. Mail all of the completed materials to USWFA National Headquarters.
  • If you have successfully completed all of the Distance Learning materials, your Closed Book Test date, time, and location will be worked out with your proctor.
5. Take the Closed Book Test.
  • You will take the test. The facilitator will be the proctor.
  • The proctor will mail your completed test to USWFA National Headquarters within 24 hours.
  • Your test will be reviewed and graded.
6. The staff at USWFA National Headquarters will review and grade all of your course work.
  • If you have successfully completed all of your course work including your course work, your 3year certification certificate and card will be mailed to you.

Course Table of Contents

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