Thank you for the very helpful handouts. 



Dylan Harries presenter:  CALA Aqua Kickbox Upper Body Independent Study 

Contact CALA to register for their Aqua Kickbox Independent Learning. There are 3 workshops:
Upper Body
Lower Body
Take all 3 for Certification in CALA Kickbox
416-751-9823 CALA_AQUA@mac.com  www.calainc.org

Testimonial from the CALA Lacombe Alberta Conference June 2022

CALA thanks everyone for their constructive and valuable feedback.  We learn from each experience.  This was the first time we offered a combined live/zoom conference.

The Need for a Balanced Workshop

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Charlene leading the new CALA Ultimate Aqua Muscle & Core (HydroRevolution - AquaLogix Equipment) workshop in Mississauga
Hello CALA Enthusiasts,
Thank you so much for a wonderful afternoon workshop experience. The time really flew by for me and I had fun! The questions and creative ideas were wonderful and set a fabulous tone for the workshop. Many thanks to Ann and Lisa and Mark for helping out at the event. And special thanks for Linda Northcott for managing to book this workshop at Malton Community Centre.
Contact CALA if you would like to book an Aquafit Workshop of Certification Course at your facility. www.calainc.org  416-751-9823 CALA_AQUA@mac.com  CALA offers customized workshops to meet your needs. Hybrid (theory through zoom and practical onsite).

Charlene presented and exceptional and important Older Adult Functional Movement Workshop in Mississauga this weekend.
Participants took away new ideas to to implement into their classes and an new insight into working with older adults.
Contact CALA if you would like to bring this workshop to your facility.
416-751-9823 CALA_AQUA@mac.com

Older Adult Functional Movement Workshop
It’s all about strength, balance, coordination, mobility, & gait training to enable participants to age with vim & vigour. Learn how to build confidence & elevate self-esteem while motivating seniors to take charge of their health & well wellbeing.
Experience Aqua Infused Yoga poses to add to your classes. Move from chest deep to deep water or remain in one depth.

Contact CALA to register for Certifications and Workshop Independent Study Training

On Site Live:

When: Fri June 24   5pm - 9pm (EST Can & USA)
Sat June 25  7:30am - 4pm (EST Can & USA)
Sun June 26 7:30am - 4pm (EST Can & USA)
Where: Peterborough Ontario
Who:  To be announced

Credits:  Earn CECs with canfitpro, BCRPA, SPRA, CFES. If repeating the course earn 8 CALA CECs.  If AFLCA Certified, petition for credits AFLCA CEC Petition Application forms

Download Registration Form and Course details

On Site Live

What: CALA Older Adult Functional Movement Workshop
When: Sun, May 29 2022 from 3:30pm-6:30pm EST

Where: Clarkson Community Centre, Mississauga, ON

Who:  Charlene Kopansky, CALA Founder and President

Credits: 3 CALA CECs,  (see registration form for other accreditations)

Download the registration forms and course details


On Site Live

What: CALA Ultimate Aqua Muscle & Core Workshop
When: Sat, May 28 2022 from 2:30pm-5:30pm EST

Where: Malton Community Centre, Mississauga, ON

Who:  Charlene Kopansky, CALA Founder and President

Credits: 3 CALA CEs,  (see registration form for other accreditations)

Download the registration forms and course details


Job Posting

CALA Aquafit Instructor

Posted May 12, 2022
Birchmount Bluffs, Scarborough ON

Download job posting pdf


Saturday June 4, 2022

Full Brochure  Registration Form

Save the date in your calendar
Conference is open to everyone who want to expand their knowledge about Aquafitness (including your management, participants, personal trainers, sports trainers, medical professionals etc)

Proof of full vaccination is not required nor is mask wearing.

  Choose to attend the conference in person or view it through ZOOM.  ZOOM brings the conference to CALA members and other participants around the world.  Participants will have access to the zoom recordings for 3 months.

Charlene will review all the prescreening and announce those who have been chosen to participate in the Train the Trainer Program.  Remember you pre-screening should show your exceptional CALA knowledge and how you will train the CALA methodology using the newest CALA language.  If you need a copy of the most recent GAF and/or VWT manuals, please contact CALA.  Make yourself shine above all other submissions.  Remember your video recording file must be sent directly to CALA as a file not a link to the recording.  CALA requires a physical file.  You can use various means of Transfer transfer such as: google doc, inserted in an email, WeTansfer (free transfer software) or other transfer means.

Use your VWT Training Manual that you received as part of your training course to find answers to you basic questions.  It is a great resources.

Your GAF manual is your guide to assembling class plan.

Contact CALA if you need to replace your manual:

 416-751-9823    cala_aqua@mac.com 

Aquatic exercise better than physical therapy for chronic low back pain, study finds

Access Article

Your Compass to Inspiration –
Aqua 360 x 180 Workshop

ZOOM online Platform

Friday January 28, 2022
2:00pm - 4:00pm
Jennie Queen: CALA Master Trainer

Download Registration Form

  • Posted December 30, 2021
    CALA Aquafit Instructor - Jadaco Recreation Management
    contact Tanya Stittle tanya@jadaco.com

Charlene's 2021 Holiday Message  to all of CALA's members and friends


See you in 2022 at our CALA training events.

New CALA Workshop

Ai-Chi The Dance of Life Part 2

ZOOM online Platform

Sunday January 23, 2022
11:00am to 2:00pm
Dylan Harries, CALA Master Trainer


View the complete list and details at www.calainc.org


by downloading the CALA Scheduled Events document at:
www.calainc.org/Scheduled_Events/CALA Scheduled Events.pdf

Proof of vaccination is required


View the complete list and details at www.calainc.org


by downloading the CALA Scheduled Events document at:
www.calainc.org/Scheduled_Events/CALA Scheduled Events.pdf

Proof of vaccination is required


View the complete list and details at www.calainc.org


by downloading the CALA Scheduled Events document at:
www.calainc.org/Scheduled_Events/CALA Scheduled Events.pdf

Proof of vaccination is required



Posted December 12, 2021






Save the date

Saturday June 4 2022

10am to 6pm

CALA is accepting registration
 requests now.


CALA Certified Aquafit Instructor


Caledon Centre for Recreation and Wellness
Address: 14111 Hwy 50, Bolton, ON L7E 2V2

Southfields Community Centre
ddress: 225 Dougall Ave, Caledon, ON L7C 3M7

Mayfield Recreation Complex
Address: 12087 Bramalea Rd,

Download job posting


CALA Certified Aquafit Instructor
University Settlement, Toronto ON
Download posting - full description and details
Posted November 2, 2021



Posted October 29, 2021

CALA Aquafit Instructor
Bradford West, Gwillimbury ON

Download full description of the position description

CUSTOMIZED Education including Hybrid ZOOM + on site training.

The agenda for a customized Hybrid Private Site Course includes active theory on ZOOM and active practical application of the theory in a facility pool and studio/classroom.

CALA encourages Facilities to establish in-house customized training for their staff and community members. CALA is able to deliver a wide variety of accredited continuing education workshops and specialty certification programs including, Aqua Personal Training, Aqua Pre-Post Natal, Group Aqua Fitness, Water Running, Aqua Kick  Box, Aqua Infused Yoga, Ai Chi, HydroRider, Healing Waters: Aquatic Post Rehabilitation, Liquid Barré, Aqua Matt and Ai Chi. The CALA Foundations of Vertical Water Training Course (VWT) is the pre-requisite for all specialty certifications.

 Centre of Excellence

Customized CALA Education will create a Centre of Excellence in your community. Your team of CALA Certified Instructors will share their expertise in both chest deep and deep water classes for all levels of fitness and all ages. Become a magnet for your community members by enticing a variety of people to explore the diverse Aquafitness class offerings that your facility will offer.

 How can CALA help your community experience the joy of movement?

The CALA holistic philosophy "encourages the mind to discover, the body to move and the spirit to soar". Let's work together to create an amazing, dedicated team of instructors who inspire the community to pursue health and happiness.



email dharries@dovercourt.org


CALA Independent Learning


Check out the Scheduled Events page for details







New Job Posting

Post August 24, 2021
CALA Aquafit Instructor - SRC  Thornhill On
Submit all applications with resume to
Joy Sobel​ , Multi‑Campus Group Exercise Coordinator
416.638.1881 x2121
4588 Bathurst Street, Toronto, ON

Check out some CALA Music suggestions


Choreography & Music (calainc.org)

New Job Posting

CALA Aquafit Instructor

Maple Ridge, B.C.

download job posting

Oded Netzer,
CALA Trainer and Instructor


New Job Posting

Apply today

 CALA Aquafit Instructor
 - Toronto Finnish Centre

Sari Emas at emas@suomikoti.ca 

tel: 416-425-4134 x 225


a copy of

CALA's Code of Conduct


Give thought to water when someone say, take a drink of water, your body needs it.

Always remember to bring water to the pool.

Thirst is not the only reason you drink water when you are in the pool.

Your body needs to be cooled down, your muscles need water so they can stay lubricated, your body needs water to flush toxins out of your body.

You would not drive a car without oil, why would you drive your body without water?

New Job Posting

Apply today

 Julia Paisley Julia@paisley.ca

Download job posting


New Job Posting


Apply today



Download job posting

New Job Posting


Dovercourt Recreation

Ottawa, Ontario


Start date ASAP

Must have CALA Group Aqua (GAF) Certification

Thank You for keeping us Safe and Healthy during the COVID pandemic

CALA continues to be thankful for everyone who put their lives on the line so that others can remain safe and healthy.  Please continue to do your part in the process.

Hire highly qualified
CALA Certified Instructors

by posting your openings

with CALA.

Contact CALA with posting details.


City of Brampton

Aquafit Program programs are starting
Monday July 19, 2021

Remember to contact

CALA to reserve your spot

to do your

CALA Group Fitness Certification

Charlene enjoys Niagara Falls
 after participating in the Golden Gait Aqua Workshop presented by Katherine July 11, 2021

Have your say in in the development of a new pool in Toronto

This video describes the project: https://youtu.be/vevGoMnab94
A draft design for the new Davisville Community and Aquatic Centre has been developed based on community feedback collected in the spring. (At that time I made suggestions about making sure instructors and lifeguards didn’t have sunlight in their eyes blinding them , to provide room on deck for belt and noodle storage and to make showers not so cold so people want to use them

Job Search Canada | Indeed

Sample posting

Page 1 of 10 jobs

Aquafit Instructors
City of New Westminster
New Westminster, BC
Fitness Instructor 2 = $50.77 - $53.00 per class.

Participant Feedback

Hello Katherine,

Thank you very much for being my instructor.  You are very thorough and detailed and at the same time are so encouraging and make it fun.  Learned so much.  It is the little things that count. I am so happy that I passed, you can't even imagine!  Thank you!

I appreciate your comments and happy that you can see how much I love aquafit and the participants.  It is good for my soul and my body!

I have been incorporating some Yoga into my classes already and can't wait to do the course with you!! I hope you have time to enjoy this summer and that your move is just what you dreamed of.  

Warmest regards.   Jo-Anne

Lifeguard Shortage
A worldwide problem

There are a number of youtube videos on this topic.


Charlene Kopansky
will be presenting at the BCRPA Conference in September 2021
BC Recreation and Parks Association - Conferences - BCFit® (bcrpa.bc.ca) 

Thurs, Sept. 30, 10:30 – 11:15 am
Infuse Your Aquatic Program with Yoga and Stretches
Charlene is in high demand as a trainer and presenter across Canada and worldwide. In addition to developing and training the course curriculum for Canadian Aquafitness Leaders Alliance Inc. (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.

Group Aquafitness
 CALA Certification
Sept/Oct 2021


Pre-requisite:  Closed event for CALA Certified Aquafitness Instructor only with a current CALA membership.


Through the years, your talents, efforts and dedication have contributed to our success.

Together, we take pride in your accomplishment and your commitment to excellence.

Congratulations on your 28th anniversary!”

 “We are proud to have you as the leader of our team and offer our congratulations on this service milestone.

Sharing the pool

can present

some challenges

Reflecting on CALA Events of past
Charlene Kopansky was recognized as a
Women of Influence
Making a Difference:
Sharing Passion with Purpose

Reflecting on CALA's Past

Mo Hagan presenting Charlene with her award

Looking for pools in Toronto
There is probably a similar site where you live

This site will display many of the Toronto pools.  You might find it helpful when looking for Aquafit Classes of facilities who are interested in introducing Aquafit Classes.

Download ZOOM

Online Training

CALA has launched online training events through ZOOM
This is an exciting new way for CALA to offer CALA training events.  Earn CECs

During these times, it will be a great opportunity for your participants to learn the theory behind exercising in water. It will help the participants understand: the benefits of each exercise, muscles and joints used for each exercise, proper form and understand the magical properties of water.

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CALA wants to keep all our members up to date with the latest in event listings filled with details for all the courses and workshops being offered to keep you educated, motivated, inspired and of course on top of your continuing education credits.

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CALA Instructor Insurance

Colleen E. Lloyd R.I.B.(Ont)., CAIB
  905-828-5544 ext. 105
 F: 905-828-7849


New Certification

CALA Ai Chi Specialty

Contact CALA if you are interested.

Available for Independent Learning


Post COVID-19 Recovery: Implications and Program Adaptations for Aqua Professional
Patricia Benjamin Med.
Post COVID-19 Recovery: Implications & Program Adaptations for Aquatic Professionals - Aquatic Exercise Association (aeawave.org)


People who have had COVID show signs of debilitating fatigue, that may linger for several weeks and even months post recovery. Although tests no longer indicate they have the virus, most still suffer from symptoms of fatigue, and an intermittent cough for days, weeks, even months afterwards. Even those affected with mild symptoms are surprised by the slow recovery to a “healthy” normal. As Aquatic Professionals we will have many challenges before us, especially in a post Covid-19 pandemic recovery. Working with and coaching those in differing stages of recovery will require informative decision making regarding our programming.   The following are some implications and aquatic adaptations for us to consider when programming, teaching and coaching those clients. 

new Job Posting

Cambridge, ON

Aquafit Instructor

City of Cambridge


Download job posting

posted April 2, 2021

'Yes! Fitness Music : Discover new music. Teach better classes. Workout Music for Aerobic Instructors.



Hope you enjoy this recording … Leonard Cohen’s Hallelujah  performed by Oakville Choral.
Jane Ohberg, a CALA Certified Members
 A year ago, I never thought that later in the year, I would take part in a virtual choir! Amazing how technology can bring singers together for weekly virtual choir practises … how you can create your own “at home recording area” ….and finally after multiple (!!) attempts, submit a video recording for the tech wizards to bring everyone together!



CPR training is for everyone.  It is not just for medical professionals. Are you ready to help save a friend, stranger or family member.

deck safety

Remember to practice deck safety when you return to your pool.

Ryka shoes are available through CALA. Contact CALA to discuss price and availability.

Aqua Fit for Seniors Location :
Lachine (Québec) 
Chartwell Belvederes Lachine

We are looking for a fun, enthusiastic CALA Certified AquaFit instructor for our seniors!

Two classes of 45 minutes each. Back-to-back. How many times per week: Double classes once a week or twice a week, depending on your availability.

Start date: As soon as possible!

If you are interested, please feel free to send an email to: Kmccullock@chartwell.com  Or call and leave a message at 514-639-7776 x 561



Download posting pdf

Get CALA Certified

CALA offers CALA Certification Programs
Aqua HydroRider
§Group Aqua Fitness
§Aqua Post Rehabilitation
§Aqua Cardio Kickbox
§Aqua Running
§Aqua Infused Yoga
§Aqua pre/post Natal
§Liquid Barré
More offerings in development

CALA Discount

CALA membership benefits continue to grow.

Yes Fitness Music
Breaking News. All CALA Instructors receive a 25% discount on music orders (excluding unlimited App subscriptions).
Contact CALA for discount code, Happy shopping!


Power Music
Breaking News. All CALA Instructors receive a discount on music orders (excluding unlimited App subscriptions).
Contact CALA for discount code, Happy shopping!


CALA Hydrorevolution discount code is “CALA”.  Discount code valid for CALA members only.



To learn more about SOCAN licensing, visit   www.socan.com

Use on legally licensed music for your Aquafit Classes.

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