CALA grows when you give constructive feedback

During the pandemic, CALA ZOOM live and FACEBOOK independent learning opportunities has brought training to new and current members and Aquafit Instructors around the world.  Members who would not otherwise have met and shared are brought together to experience CALA learning and make new friends.  Your feedback helps CALA continue to grow and improve their available training events.  Participant and Trainer Feedback

The CALA ZOOM Virtual training events have been a great success. It was a new delivery environment for everyone.  Learning challenges were welcomed by both Charlene Kopansky, our outstanding team of trainers, instructors and of course instructors. They raised up to the challenge and brought exceptional training to our current members and new non-members.  Our participation spanned the world.  People who may not have been able to participate in CALA training events and get their CECs were not able to not only take the training but meet other instructors from around the world.  They got to share experiences about aquafitness and now how their facilities are handling covid-10 reopening.

Teaching Aquafit will be a new world when we return to our facilities. The classes offer may change, number of people in class by be lower, the use of equipment may be limited - maybe people will have to buy their own rather than using share facility equipment.

Workshops and Certification Courses

  • Love all the new certifications CALA is offering (Aqua Infused Yoga, Aqua Kick Box, Liquid Barre.  Looking forward to new CALA training events.
  • The VWT and GAF Certification training was to the point, was delivered using layered learning which reinforced learning.  Trainer made sure we knew exactly what would have successful assessments.
  • Loved the Liquid Barre.  It introduced us to a new and very different style of Aquafitness.  Having the trainer go through exactly what the expectations were for the assessment. The recordings will be so helpful when practising.
  • Changing the Chatter Workshop brought a new perspective to managing the chatter.  Turning over body awareness to the participants will be something new in our Aquafitness classes.  The participants will be too busy thinking about their form and feeling their body respond to each exercise.
  • Branding - The New You.  Returning to the pool we will be meeting new people with different expectations.  Our regulars may be gone. We will have new people who don't know me. Educating them who you are and how you deliver your training will be one of the first things we will need to do. They will need to learn your cues, how you give feedback and coach them. This is the time we can redefine ourselves.
  • Aqua Yoga is not what you expect. The CALA program infuses Yoga movements into the regular recreational Aquafitness classes. Having a fixed choreography will be different for everyone. Once they know the choreography, then we will work on the perfection of each movement.

Participant Feedback

Here is some of the feedback CALA has received from the participants who participated in the zoom training

  • Love meeting instructors from all over the world
  • Learn how important it will be to use non-verbal cues when we return to our pools. Trainers helped us fine tune our non-verbal cues. Feel natural now.
  • Found it comfortable to ask questions
  • Did miss the pool but found concentrating more on the theory made me more knowledgeable about my role as an instructor. When we get back to the pool we will be able to implement my theory
  • Loved that we could review the training via the recording after the session. Something you could not do with in person training
  • The trainers have make you aware that there is more to teaching Aquafit than demonstrating the movements. You need to understand how the body works, people management, understanding various medical conditions, water safety, personal safety, emergency procedures, health and safety, pool management, knowledge of swimwear, designing a balance class, acceptance of feedback, working under covid regulations, etc.
  • Wonderful to see such a wide variety of sessions being offered. Having them on zoom means members can take them all from the comfort of their home.
  • When you take your assessment, the feedback you received is very helpful. Throughout the training session, the trainer made sure we knew exactly what we needed to pass the written test and what they would be looking for during the practical assessment. Could not have asked for better support.
  • As a new instructor, the ongoing contact is important in my development.  You can contact CALA trainers directly or post on their Facebook page.
  • As a new instructor, the first steps are terrifying but once your start the training you learn you are not alone. During the training have made new friends to support me.  When preparing for the exam, they were there for support and as a study buddy. Practised together over ZOOM and received great feedback which helped me create a successful practical 30 minute class.  Thank you my friends

Trainer Feedback

Here is some of the feedback CALA has received from the trainers who participated in the zoom training

  • It has been a new learning experience for trainers, getting use to zoom technology, adjusting the screen to make sure you are in frame, and learning a new way to present the material.
  • Love meeting instructors from all over the world that I would not have meet under other circumstances.
  • Participants are fortunate to have the recordings to review what they miss if their connection goes down
  • Start to become familiar with so many participants.  Many of the participants attend several sessions. 
  • Without the support of the everyone on the CALA Team, these sessions would not have been possible
  • ZOOM virtual training allows trainers to bring the training to the participants rather than having the training brought to them.
  • All the trainers have stepped up to deliver new CALA training sessions relevant to how covid-19 has affected our learning, how facilities will function when they open, what is going to impact our delivery of Aquafit classes, how instructors will need to adapt or change their schedules, type of class, how the changes will impact the participants

Thank you to our Team of CALA Trainers and CALA Administration Support Team for their contribution to the successful delivery of Virtual Training through ZOOM

Our CALA Master Trainers have been outstanding CALA Training Events since March 2020.  Thanks to our outstanding Team of Trainers, these sessions have been well attended by members throughout the world.

Meet our Master Trainers who have delivered the training.  In 2021, other CALA trainers will be offering workshops and/or courses.  Keep checking the Upcoming Event web page.

Dylan Harries,
Master Trainer

Charlene Kopansky,
President and Owner
Katherine McKeown,
Master Trainer
Jennie Queen,

Karl Notargiovanni,
CALA Trainer

Kristin Murphy
CALA Trainer


CALA invites everyone to view their list of Upcoming Events and join one or more of these events. 

Everyone is welcome to join the workshop but the certification course require CALA membership and the VWT Certification pre-requisite. 

Looking forward to seeing you at a CALA session. Continue to spread the word about the CALA training events.