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Training Aqua Leaders in Western & Far West NSW. Clinton Gibbs Health Promotion Officer Western NSW LHD. What is Aqua Fitness?. Popular way to keep fit Improves strength & flexibility Increases energy levels Beneficial to people with arthritis, back pain, balance and joint problems

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Training Aqua Leaders in Western & Far West NSW

Clinton Gibbs

Health Promotion Officer

Western NSW LHD


What is Aqua Fitness?

  • Popular way to keep fit

  • Improves strength & flexibility

  • Increases energy levels

  • Beneficial to people with arthritis, back pain, balance and joint problems

  • Don’t need to be able to swim

  • Easy to learn and fun


Why Aqua for Western & Far West Communities ?

  • Aqua groups requested by a group of Aboriginal Ladies

  • Poor exercise opportunities in many communities

  • Most have a pool

  • Suitable for all fitness levels

  • Affordable

  • Can be done with no equipment


Lightning Ridge

Coonabarabran

Dubbo

Broken Hill

Cowra

Wentworth


Non-Aboriginal population: 264,490

Aboriginal population: 27,829

Source: ABS population estimates (SAPHaRI). Centre for Epidemiology and Evidence, NSW Ministry of Health.


Source: ABS population estimates (SAPHaRI). Centre for Epidemiology and Evidence, NSW Ministry of Health.


How it Has Happened

  • Training manual was developed

  • Aqua instructor contracted to train leaders in 2009

  • Manual further developed

  • 62 people attended

  • 37 came to a 1 day refresher training in 2010

  • 34 Aqua groups in Summer 2009/2010


The Training

  • HP advertise 2 day training courses

  • Participants must be a LHD volunteer or Staff

  • Broken down into practical & theory sessions

  • Practical assessment & written quiz to be completed

  • Participants are required to lead a free class within the next 12 months

  • CPD and CEC points can be claimed

  • Session on Western NSW PA guidelines included


What Participants Learn

  • Principles and Foundations of Aqua fitness

  • Properties of water

  • Aqua fitness program design and workout structure

  • Teaching and cueing techniques

  • Safety considerations

  • Leaders roles and responsibilities

  • Class formation and selection of specific exercises

  • Program modifications for special conditions

  • Equipment and music


What Happens After the Training?

  • Leaders become part of the Western NSW LHD Physical Activity network

  • PA network meetings held regularly

  • Equipment supplied

  • Follow ups and group visits

  • Grant information

  • Linked with Local Health District sites

  • Other training & program information is shared

  • Participants are invited to attend a refresher 12 months later


Recording Group Statistics

  • The size & type of groups vary in many ways

  • Health service staff enter stats in local systems

  • Volunteers send stats to us and/or keep them for their records

  • We are looking at ways we can access stats from systems used

  • Sites do their own evaluation of their groups


Example of an Aqua Group

  • Taken from a 2011 group with 4 leaders

  • Participants also reported an increase in muscle tone, weight loss, improved mental health & an increase in social interaction


So What?

  • 19 courses & 14 refresher days have been held

  • 165 people trained & 96 people attended refreshers

  • 90% of refresher attendees had led a group

  • Free groups offered to 23 communities

  • Additional resources & information added to package

  • Increased awareness of other health programs

  • Increase in PA opportunities in many communities including Aboriginal ones


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