Charlene's Message

The resurgences of aquafitness as a viable means of enhancing well-being is exciting and encouraging. People are filling classes, moving to music and enjoying the challenges and rewards of the aquafitness experience. The Canadian Aquafitness Leaders Alliance was founded in 1993 to meet the increasing demand for the establishment and high quality leadership in aquafitness. The CALA organization seeks to enhance aquafitness leadership through our comprehensive manuals, intensive training courses, workshops, conferences and a high certification process. 

CALA continues to develop leading edge programs to increase the diversity of water exercise programs. Fitness leaders, coaches and personal trainers are exploring Water Running, Aqua Kick Box, Aqua Natal, Aqua Cycling, Aqua Africana, Aqua Abdominals and many forms of Aqua Rehabilitation. These and other specialty water exercise programs are making their way into private and community based pools. 

CALA continues to be the front runner in researching and developing new programs. The creative spirit that drives this organization is reflected in the passion and commitment demonstrated by CALA certified leaders and trainers world wide.

Background

The Canadian Aquafitness Leaders Alliance Inc. was founded by a dynamic, passionate and dedicated individual who embodies a vision of excellence. Charlene Kopansky found a place on the Dean's Honour Roll while earning an honours degree in Biological Sciences (Human Kinetics) from the University of Guelph, in 1977. She followed this degree with a Bachelor of Education in Science and Physical and Health Education from the University of Toronto. Since 1978, Charlene's skills in dance choreography, fitness and aquafitness leadership have made her a popular presenter in Brazil, Trinidad and Tobago, Mexico, Australia, Germany, Israel, Carribean, South Africa and New Zealand. In 1996, she was awarded the prestigious 'Top Presenter' award at the Bodylife, German Convention.

Charlene is in high demand as a trainer and presenter across Canada and worldwide. In addition to developing and training the course curriculum for CALA, Charlene is a trainer for Ontario Fitness Council/FOLP, and BCRPA. She is a regular presenter at Canadian and international fitness conferences, including CanFitPro, GO50 Age Concern, H2Oz and LEAD. As a master trainer, she has developed the CALA training team in Canada, Europe and South Africa. Her outstanding efforts to raise the standards of professionalism in aquafitness and related water exercise activities plus land fitness have won Charlene many accolades, including: Volunteer Recognition Award, OFC, 1992; Leadership Award, OFC, 1994; Who's Who of Canadian Women in Fitness, 1997-98, Chatelaine Magazine; and Fitness Leader of the Year, 1998, The Fitness Institute; canfitpro Lifetime Achievement award 2013. Charlene Kopansky won the Aqua Presenter, Mo Hagan was second and  Darin Dieterich was third at the Conference: Attack Aqua & Wellness July 2003

Charlene continues to be a visionary as she promotes the highest standards in the field of aquafitness leadership. Since its foundation in 1993, CALA has attracted delegates from around the world to the only national Aquafitness Convention in Canada: “CALA Exclusively Water”. CALA standards and continuing education credits (CECs) are recognized across Canada and beyond. Since 1996, CALA has offered training in aquatic therapy and now brings "The Healing Waters – Aquatic Post Rehabilitation Program" to participants and leaders across Canada and internationally with aquatic post rehabilitation training at CALA Conventions including an "Aqua Arthritis" specialty training and certification course.

As we continue into the new millennium, CALA continues to grow in numbers and knowledge, because of the combined talent, drive and vision of its founder, Charlene Kopansky, and the enthusiasm and support of its members.

The resurgences of aquafitness as a viable means of enhancing well-being is exciting and encouraging. People are filling classes, moving to music and enjoying the challenges and rewards of the aquafitness experience. The Canadian Aquafitness Leaders Alliance was founded in 1993 to meet the increasing demand for the establishment and high quality leadership in aquafitness. The CALA organization seeks to enhance aquafitness leadership through our comprehensive manuals, intensive training courses, workshops, conferences and a high certification process. 

CALA continues to develop leading edge programs to increase the diversity of water exercise programs. Fitness leaders, coaches and personal trainers are exploring Water Running, Aqua Kick Box, Aqua Natal, Aqua Muscle, Aqua Cycling, Aqua Africana, Aqua Abdominals and many forms of Aqua Rehabilitation. These and other specialty water exercise programs are making their way into private and community based pools. 

CALA continues to be the front runner in researching and developing new programs. The creative spirit that drives this organization is reflected in the passion and commitment demonstrated by CALA certified leaders and trainers world wide.

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Learn About CALA

CALA is an international, educational organization with a mandate to provide high quality training, certification and access to current information for its members and others in the active living community. 

Recognized as the Gold Standard in Water Fitness Specialty Programs, Aquafitness and Healing Waters: Aquatic Post Rehabilitation Training & Certification

CALA's Philosophy



Charlene Kopansky
CALA, President and Founder

Holistic Approach:

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With a holistic approach to leadership, equal importance is placed on the mind, the body and the spirit. 

CALA training courses, workshops and conferences are designed to develop the excellence to be found in everyone. Participation in CALA events provides opportunity for the "the mind to discover, the body to move, and the spirit to soar".

The professional development needs of CALA members are enhanced by a diverse offering of workshops, specialized courses and annual conventions. 

CALA's mandate is to advance the level of expertise and create a unified body of aquafitness leaders and aquatic rehabilitation specialists. As a consequence, participant satisfaction and the professionalism of the industry are enhanced. CALA does not aim to supersede training programs offered by other organizations. The goal is to work in a mutually beneficial and supportive atmosphere to promote continuing growth and development of aquafitness leaders and aquatic rehabilitation specialists in Canada and international locations.

CALA is linked with provincial, national and international fitness and health organizations. CALA training and certification exceeds the basic standards and is recognized as the gold standard in aquafitness leadership and aquatic rehabilitation in Canada.

History

The Canadian Aquafitness Leaders Alliance Inc. (CALA) was established by Charlene Kopansky in 1993. The company grew in response to the demand from fitness professionals for focused leadership and training in the specialized field of aquafitness and aquatic rehabilitation.

Mission Statement

The Canadian Aquafitness Leaders Alliance Inc. (CALA), is dedicated to providing a high quality training, certification and communication network for aquafitness leaders and aquatic rehabilitation specialists. CALA promotes professionalism and excellence through thoughtful integration of the mind, body and spirit.