Tuesday, July 02 2019 is officially declaring the month of May as International Aqua Month in honor of AEA’s International Aquatic Fitness Conference (IAFC), which is held every May.  Last week, over 600 attendees from around the world celebrated the 30th anniversary of IAFC at the Innisbrook Resort in Palm Harbor, Florida.

Anyone who has ever attended IAFC will attest to the educational excellence of learning from aquatic fitness leaders from all over the world.  The international scope of IAFC creates educational diversity and a cultural glimpse into how aquatic fitness varies across the globe.  My years of assisting AEA’s Executive Director, Angie Proctor, with IAFC planning and onsite staffing have provided me personally with a love and appreciation for international aquatic fitness. is now my opportunity to support international aquatic fitness and to provide instructors with international diversity and education.  Shortly after the site launched I began showcasing some of my USA colleagues in videos.  Last year I was able to expand to international colleagues and now there are videos from 22 of my global Fitness Friends streaming.  Instructors from all across the world are logging on and learning from some of the best instructors in the world.  
There are now subscribers from 35 different countries. 

Argentina, Australia, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, El Salvador, Finland, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Hungary, Iceland, India, Israel, Italy, Jersey, Korean Republic, Mauritius, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Puerto Rico, Singapore, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Trinidad & Tobago, United Kingdom, USA

Due to the huge international response to I have started adding disclaimers on the notes that accompany the videos, reminding instructors that aquatic fitness is taught differently all over the world and to adjust content accordingly.   Anyone who has ever attended IAFC has no doubt taken an occasional session with an international presenter and realized that the style and content would need to be modified for their students.  

Aquatic fitness is taught differently around the globe for varying reasons, including population, class times, cultural influences and more.  IAFC is a showcase of international aquatic fitness and I am striving to provide video viewers that same international diversity.  It is important to note that in doing so I do not censor the creative content of my Fitness Friends.   Instead, I rely on video viewers to use common sense and modify the style, cadence, exercises and instruction to suit the needs of their students and to adhere to the guidelines and recommendations of their certification organization.  Similar to attending a conference session or a workshop, it is generally agreed that if you can take away at least one new concept, cue, or exercise than the time spent watching the video is worth it.  The feedback from subscribers has been very positive. subscribers now have exclusive access to aquatic fitness programming from around the world.  In Spring 2017, we have showcased the workouts and talents of the following global aquatic leaders:

H20 Core Solutions – Steph Toogood (United Kingdom)
So You Think You Can Aqua– Dom Gili (Australia)

April Aqua Fusion – Andrea Gilardoni (Italy)
Aqua Bottle Workout– Antonio Russo (Italy)

Hand Buoy Workout – Ekaterina Khapkova (Russia)
Aqua Combat vs. Aqua Aerobics – Silva Senati (Italy)
Working 5 to 9 – Katrien Lemahiue (Netherlands)

June (6/7) Aqua Ball Interval – Carine Van den Berghe (Belgium)

The best instructors in the world are helping video viewers to become the BEST instructors in their community.   Log on and get busy creating some international aqua. 

Author: Mark Grevelding is the founder of Fitmotivation. He is also a training specialist and consultant with the Aquatic Exercise Association’s (AEA). Mark has been active in the fitness industry for 22 years as a group fitness instructor, personal trainer, international presenter and a continuing education provider for AEA, AFAA & ACE.