Aquatic Fitness Professional (AFP) Certification Self-Study Online Prep Course

AEA Aquatic Fitness Professional (AFP) Online Prep Course


This interactive online education, developed by AEA experts, is an excellent resource to build the skills necessary to lead aquatic group exercise and personal training.  Utilizing additional reading resources, various quiz formats, video demonstrations, and audio voice over content, the 101 learning objectives provide in-depth education for aquatic exercise leadership and knowledge. Also included is a sample test with question format similar to the AEA Certification Examination.  Read More...

This course is highly recommended, but not required, for those seeking AEA Certification and is designed to reinforce the 2018 Seventh Edition AEA Aquatic Fitness Professional Manual. Topic areas follow the seventh edition manual:


PART I: Foundations of Fitness and Exercise

  • Physical Fitness
  • Exercise Anatomy
  • Exercise Physiology
  • Movement Analysis
  • Exercise Motivation and Behavior


PART II: The Aquatic Environment

  • The Physical Laws as Applied to the Aquatic Environment
  • The Pool Environment and Design


PART III: Instruction and Programming

  • Shallow-Water Exercise
  • Deep-Water Exercise
  • Aquatic Exercise Leadership
  • Exercise Programming
  • Special Populations


PART IV: Safety, Scope of Practice, and Legal

  • Safety, Emergencies, Injuries, and Instructor Health
  • Basic Nutrition and Weight Management
  • Business Issues and Legal Considerations


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Suggested Preparation Timeline to obtain AEA Fitness Professional Certification

6-8 Months Prior:  Read the Certification Learning Objectives available at the AEA website under the Certification menu to review the examination content based upon the Seventh Edition Aquatic Fitness Professional Manual (AFP Manual). Read the manual and use the key chapter concepts and review questions provided each chapter to test comprehension of the information.

6 Months:  A minimum of 6 months practical aquatic fitness experience is recommended. Those seeking certification should participate or apprentice in classes led by AEA Certified Professionals. Candidates should understand and practice skills in the areas of: choreography, cueing and deck teaching; moving to music and various water tempos; monitoring participant safety; and maximizing the training benefits in the water by mastering concepts such as inertia, acceleration, frontal resistance and levers.

Minimum 3-6 Months Prior:  Intently review the AFP Manual, focusing on areas of difficulty.  Optional, participate the AEA Online Prep Course.  The Aquatic Fitness Practical Applications in-person workshop can assist candidates in learning the practical side of being an aquatic fitness professional and how to effectively apply essential knowledge.