What is Aquafusion?
Aquafusion is the UK’s only private provider in aquanatal training with courses designed specifically for Midwives. The company is part of Award Winning Professional Fitness & Education. Aquafusion specialises in teaching midwives, health and fitness professionals in how to safely deliver exercises classes to pregnant clients in the support and comfort of the water.
Aquafusion offers high quality educational training courses in Leeds, West Yorkshire leading to valuable and nationally recognised qualifications. We give you the knowledge, confidence, ability and motivation to enable you to deliver safe, effective community-based exercise sessions during and after pregnancy.
You will be taught how to structure a safe class and be provided with two full lesson plans to enable you to start teaching once you have finished your course.
This successful programme is now recognised in the UK and Europe and is endorsed by the Royal College of Midwives (RCM)
Where did the idea for Aquafusion come from?
Aquafusion was developed in the early 1980s by Christine who was a Personal Trainer and tutor for the YMCA. When she found out she was pregnant with twins she was unable to find exercises pregnancy classes and felt frustrated at not being able to maintain her fitness. She approached physiotherapists and midwives and together they developed a programme of Aquanatal courses which were successfully run throughout the Leeds area. The programme was initially approved by REP’s but as the programme developed Christine applied to the RCM for approval. That approval remains to this day. Aquafusion has trained hundreds of Midwives who are now running successful classes in the UK and abroad.
Is exercise safe during pregnancy?
RMC and Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (www.RCOG.org.uk) state that “The guidelines suggest that keeping active during pregnancy leads to fewer complications, better physical and emotional wellness for the mother and better outcomes for the baby.” To read more about their suggestions click here.
Aquanatal exercise is a low impact form of exercise and the buoyancy and support of the water makes sure that the class is an enjoyable and a safe way to remain active in pregnancy. Aquanatal classes are also social and a great way to meet other expectant mums.
Can I still undertake the workshop if I am not a qualified midwife?
Yes. Most of our students do come from a midwifery and a professional healthcare background. We also welcome trainee midwives and students from a fitness and swimming background too, however, we do ask that you check with you insurance company that once you have trained with us that they are happy to insure you to teach pregnant clients in the pool.
Where can I teach once qualified?
Many of our trained midwives and professionals have gone on to teach within the community for the NHS but some have gone on to develop their own successful Aquanatal business to support mothers during and after pregnancy. Midwives can teach in community or private swimming pools.
Where do you run your courses?
As our courses are widely recognised we attract students from all over the UK, and from as far away as Gibraltar and the Outer Hebrides to attend the courses in Leeds. There is an excellent network of trains and local B&B’s and hotels to stay in. We also offer in house training in the UK and Europe.
How long are the courses?
The Aquafusion Introduction To Teaching is a two day course. The Aquafusion Advanced Teaching and the Back & Abdominal Care in Pregnancy & Beyond are one day courses.
How are the courses taught?
They are a taught through a mixture of practical and theoretical sessions including workshops. The nature of the course means that time will be spent in the pool so you get to experience how the class feels in the water. You will be taught two tutor led classes in the pool and undertake micro teaching in the pool on both days of the courses. You will also take away lots of class ideas and two full lessons plans so you can begin teaching straight away.
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