Free Aqua Fitness Leader training is again being offered to community volunteers and health or welfare workers.

Western NSW Local Health District’s (WNSWLHD) Health Promotion Team has arranged workshops in Orange, Dubbo or Walgett to maximise access to training across the region. The aim being for all towns to have access to affordable water-based exercise provided by trained Aqua Fitness Leaders.

Aqua fitness classes are run in 30 western NSW communities, with people increasing their strength and mobility, as well as having fun. Exercising in water is weight supportive, so people who have pain moving on land can still be active in the pool. The classes are excellent for anybody who wants to get fitter. People with pre-existing health conditions such as arthritis, diabetes, asthma or heart conditions are very welcome but may require medical clearance to attend.

The two day free Aqua Fitness Leader training is provided on the condition that classes are provided at no cost, or minimal donation, so everyone can access them. The workshops will be held in Orange on October 18-19, Dubbo on November 1-2 and in Walgett on November 7-8. Anyone willing to run free classes in their local community for at least 12 months after the training is welcome to register.

WNSWLHD can register community volunteers, ensuring insurance coverage for the classes. WNSWLHD can also provide guidelines for running physical activity groups. Volunteers can also receive assistance to gain First Aid qualifications if they are not currently qualified. Aqua Refresher courses are available each year to maintain skills in running groups.

The workshop trainer is the highly respected Colleen Wilson-Lord, OAM. Colleen has been running classes and training Aqua Fitness Leaders for many years and has presented at several international conferences.

To find out more about aqua fitness classes or to obtain a registration form to undertake the free Aqua Fitness Leader training, please contact Kerry Smith (02) 6850 7313, Kerry.Smith1@health.nsw.gov.au or Matilda Low (02) 6809 8972, Matilda.Low@health.nsw.gov.au.