The Aquatic Exercise Association (AEA) is a nonprofit educational organization committed to the advancement

of aquatic fitness health and wellness worldwide.


The Aquatic Exercise Association (AEA) is the leading organization specifically targeting aquatic fitness through education and certification worldwide. Our top priority is providing access to the latest industry resources, research, products, training and education to increase global health, wellness and longevity through aquatic exercise.

Heather Gaskins - CECs Tracking/Courses, Shop, Exceptional Customer Service
Troy Nelson - AEA Operations Manager, Special Events/Projects, Videography, Photography
Angie Proctor - Executive Director, Overall Administration & Event Planning
Julie See - Director of Education, Education Development, Online Training
Elite global leaders providing AEA trainings and educational workshops. Specialists (Trainers) are also well-known Continuing Education Providers and help AEA in the development and delivery of the AEA-branded online and in-person education.

Nino Aboarrage  

Nino Aboarrage is the director and a professor of Hidroesporte Water Activities Center. He teaches aquatic exercise, swimming and biomechanics at the University Center of Rio Grande do Norte in Brazil.    

Gina Bastidas 

Gina has more than 25 years of experience in fitness and has specialized for the past 7 years in aquatic fitness.  She is a national/international presenter for various organizations and works cooperatively with the Mexican Swimming Federation.  Gina has successfully organized many events to improve the level of education and participation in aquatic fitness in Mexico.  

Javier Bergas del Rio 

Javier Bergas, BS, is a primary school teacher, International AEA Training Specialist and the fitness director and product manager of Ego Wellness Resort in Lucca, Italy. He is an aquatic fitness and swimming instructor for various populations.   

Roxana Brasil 

Roxana Brasil is an international AEA Training Specialist and a Hydrorider Master Trainer.   She is the coordinator at Velox Fitness, owner of Universidade Fitness at Rio, in Rio de Janeiro, and is currently in the Doctorate program at Valencia University.   

Giorgia Collu 

Giorgia Collu is an international AEA Training Specialist, a Hydrorider and FIN Master Trainer and was awarded the 2012 AEA Aquatic Fitness Professional Global Award.   She is the creator of the popular Aqua Fluid Pilates and Water Polo Gym programs.   

Christina Darahem   

M. Cristina Darahem, MS, is an AEA International training Specialist. She is a coordinator at Nado Livre and the owner of a swimming school at Ribeirão Preto in San Paulo, Brazil.    

Daniela De Toia 

Dr. Daniela De Toia is a sports scientist. Her areas of expertise include babyswimming, pre- and postnatal and functional training on land and in water! She manages a brand new pool and fitness center and educates all trainers.   

Vanina Delfino 

Vanina Delfino holds many certifications, is an international AEA Training Specialist, swim instructor and CEO for WaterCYCling and Acquamar in Argentina.   She was the recipient of AEA’s 2017 Aquatic Fitness Professional Global Award.    

Monica Escanero 

Monica is a Master Trainer in Sport City University in SC Aqua program. She studies anatomy applied to rehab. Monica has been an aquatic instructor since 1991. Specializes in Aquapilates. She has over 20 years of experience in the fitness world as a personal trainer and over 15 training instructors.     

Mushi Harush   

Mushi Harush, MA, has been an international AEA Training Specialist since 1994 and is the Founder of the Israeli Aquatic Exercise Center.  She is the proud recipient of the 2005 AEA Global Award, Contribution to the Aquatic Fitness industry.   

Asa Hellstrom 

Åsa has been active in the fitness field more than 25 years and worked professionally for 20 years with aquatic fitness as instructor, innovator, educator and author.  Former competitor in Race Sailing and Gymnastics, she holds a degree in Physical Education Teaching from the Swedish University College of Physical Education and Sports. Married with three children, Åsa lives on the island of Ekerö.     

Katrien Lemahieu 

Katrien Lemahieu is the co-creator of the BioExercise program and CEO of Kataqua, a Netherlands organization known globally for quality training in a wide range of aquatic styles.  Katrien received two AquaEmma awards and the Tsunami Spirit Award.   

Ian Levia 

Ian Levia travels extensively educating thousands of individuals. Constantly seeking new ways to improve and empower the lives of others, recent trips to Thailand, Korea and Philippines have helped him shape new and exciting methods of fitness.   

Mee-Hee Park 

Mee-Hee is the founder of the Korea Aquatic Exercise Association (KAEA) and organizes an annual conference in Seoul that attracts international presenters and attendees. She has taught over 20 years in the fields of aerobics and yoga and is a requested instructor for the National Sport for All Council.  Mee-Hee is a former AFAA Korea Consultant and is currently completing her Aqua Meditation program.   

Laura Ribbins

Laura is renowned for her exceptional teaching ability for swimming, adult fitness and dedicated personal involvement with community programs for all ages. She has over thirty years experience in the fitness industry, presenting internationally spreading her contagious passion and energy for movement.  Laura has starred in many fitness videos and proudly in 2000, Laura was awarded AEA Professional of the Year.    

Silvia Senati 

Silvia Senati is an AEA International Training Specialist, author and a master trainer for aquatic fitness since 1998.  She is a master trainer for ThaiFit Water Kombat and specializes in combat style, choreography, toning and HIIT for land and water.   

Cristina “Tinoca” Senra 

Cristina (Tinoca) Senra, MS, is the owner, CEO and a trainer for Mundo Hidro in Portugal.  She is an AEA International Training Specialist and presenter, an Ai Chi trainer and a Star 2 international trainer for Anti-Gravity.   

Steph Toogood 

Steph Toogood is the Education Director for her company Hydro-Actif, an international AEA Training Specialist and UK tutor for the ASA aquatic exercise referral program. She has won numerous awards and focuses on aging well using water exercise.    

Elite level of industry leaders providing AEA trainings and educational workshops. Specialists are also known industry Continuing Education Providers and help AEA in the development and delivery of the AEA-branded education and trainings, live and online in the USA.


Monique Acton 

Monique Acton is the president of The Personal Health Trac, an international presenter, AEA Training Specialist and author of the “Make It Personal” column in Akwa magazine.  Certifications include AEA, ACE, AFAA and Medical Exercise Training Institute.   

Ashley Bishop 

Ashley Bishop is an AEA ATS, a Zumba Jammer™ for Zumba® Fitness and a CE provider for ACE, AFAA and AEA.   She is the Fitness Director for uforia studios and can be found most weekends sharing her passion for fitness education across the continent.      

Karen Creasey 

Karen Creasey, MA, BS, CHC, CPT is a speaker, author, certified health coach, personal trainer and aquatic training specialist.  She is passionate about motivating, inspiring and educating people to improve their health, wellness and overall life performance.  Karen is dedicated to help you reach your maximum potential!     

Kimberly Huff 

Kimberly Huff, MS, CSCS, is a fitness director in a continual care retirement community and is certified through ACSM, NSCA, AEA, ACE and a certified health education specialist.  Kim was a contributing author to the AEA AF Manual and the AEA AFP Manual.   

Jackie Lebeau 

Jackie Lebeau, MS, is the Senior Director of Fitness & Instruction at the University of Virginia., an international presenter and an AEA Training Specialist. Jackie is the owner of JLA Fitness and is a CE Provider for ACE, AEA and AFAA.   

Lindsay Mondick  

Lindsay Mondick is the YMCA of the USA National Senior Manager of Aquatics.  She is a presenter and continuing education provider for the YMCA, ACE, and AEA, an AEA Training Specialist, and author for Akwa magazine.   

Jenni Lynn Patterson-LeCour   

Jenni Lynn Patterson-LeCour is an AEA ATS, NSCA-CPT and CE Provider for AEA, AFAA and NASM. Combining her education in health psychology and swimming experience, Jenni enjoys creating a total body workout that challenges every type of participant.   

Lori A. Sherlock 

Lori A. Sherlock, EdD, is an AEA Training Specialist and associate professor in the School of Medicine at West Virginia University, where she teaches the aquatic therapy curriculum within the division of Exercise Physiology.   

Craig Yaniglos 

Craig Yaniglos is the aquatic fitness director of the Hubbard Community Pool in northeast Ohio and an AEA Training Specialist.  Craig is passionate about attracting all types of populations to the pool and educating aquatic fitness professionals around the globe.

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