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The course is self-paced, allowing you to start and stop as necessary. The Online Course is based upon the content of the Manual supplemented with additional examples and learning tools. The e-Manual is included in this course. Printed black&white version of the Manual in 3-ring binder is available for separate purchase on AEA website under Shop.

AEA (Aquatic Exercise Association)

Course curriculum

  1. 1
    • E-Manual

  2. 2
    • Overview

    • Program Overview

    • Course Overview

    • Target Audience for Programs

    • General Program Goals

    • ​Specific Physical Goals

    • ​Program Outcomes

  3. 3
    • Medical Aspects

    • What Is Arthritis?

    • Joint Structure

    • Joint Structure Slide Presentation

    • Osteoarthritis

    • ​Rheumatoid Arthritis

    • ​Process of Inflammation

    • ​Other Forms of Arthritis & Related Diseases

    • Psychosocial Impact

    • ​Forms of Exercise

    • Exercise Categories

    • Exercise Principles for Arthritis

    • ​Other Points to Consider

    • Program Applications for Arthritis Symptoms

    • Practice Review Questions

  4. 4
    • Class Components

    • Creating a Balanced Class

    • General Class Structure

    • Essential Class Components

    • Flexibility & Range of Motion

    • Muscular Strengthening & Endurance

    • Cardiorespiratory Endurance

    • Balance & Coordination

    • Relaxation Techniques

    • Key Instructional Elements

    • Health Education

    • Posture & Body Mechanics

    • ​Body Awareness

    • Breath Awareness

    • Optional Class Activities

    • Class Formats

    • ​Continuous Training

    • ​Interval Training

    • ​Circuit Training

    • ​Deep-Water Options

    • Exercise Intensity & Progression

    • Signs of Overexertion & Distress

    • Talk Test and RPE

    • Practice Review Questions

  5. 5
    • Exercise & Activities-General

    • Exercise Categories

    • Exercise Subcategories

    • Subcategory Summary Pages (AFAP)

    • What did you learn?

    • Subcategory Summary Pages (AFEP)

    • ​Exercise Purpose

    • ADLs & General Tips

    • ​Exercise Precautions

    • General Exercise Precautions

  6. 6
    • AFEP Exercise Classification

    • AFEP Exercise Equipment

    • ​Equipment Safety

    • AFEP Exercises & Activities

    • Using The Manual

    • Exercise Page Evaluation

    • Category II Exercises

    • Category III Exercises

    • Category IV Exercises

    • ​Using The Video Library

    • AFEP Movement Library

  7. 7
    • AFAP Exercise Classification

    • AFAP Exercise Equipment

    • Flotation Equipment

    • Supportive Equipment

    • Supportive Equipment Slide Presentation

    • ​Resistance Equipment

    • Equipment Safety

    • AFAP Exercises & Activities

    • Using The Manual

    • Exercise Page Evaluation

    • Category II Exercises

    • Category III Exercises

    • Category IV Exercises

    • Using The Video Library

    • AFAP Movement Library

    • Practice Review Questions

  8. 8
    • Lesson Plans

    • What Is a Lesson Plan

    • Lesson Plan Structure

    • Equipment Options

    • Lesson Plan Development Tool

    • Lesson Plan Questions

    • Multi-Level Programming

    • Exercise Modification

    • Health Education

    • Health Education Topic on Arthritis, Anxiety and Depression

    • WARM-UP & COOL-DOWN

    • Sample Routine 13

    • Cardio Combinations

    • Practice Review Questions

  9. 9
    • Teaching Tips

    • A Welcoming Beginning

    • Programming for Success

    • Presentation Skills

    • Presentation Strategies

    • ​Cueing Tips

    • 4 Postural Stabilization & Awareness Activities

    • Program Themes

    • Ending On a Positive Note

    • Beyond The Class

    • Ten Tips for Safe & Effective Exercise

    • ​Professional Considerations

    • Practice Review Questions

  10. 10
    • Aquatic Environment

    • P​roperties Of Water

    • Laws Of Motion

    • Law of Acceleration

    • Law of Action & Reaction

    • Movement Principles

    • Movement Principles

    • Teaching Position

    • Teaching Position Slide Presentation

    • ​Safe Pool Environment

    • ​Water Temperature

    • ​Monitoring Participants

    • ​Water Safety

    • Practice Review Questions

  11. 11
    • CPR/AED Certification Information

  12. 12
    • Directions to the AFAP Leader Exam