Kickboard Ideas for Aqua Class

Wednesday, January 10 2024

Most pool facilities have kickboards laying around for the lap swimmers, but they also make for a powerful piece of drag equipment in an aquatic fitness class. Kickboard Bootcamp with Jackie Lebeau is a 50-minute aquafit class format that alternates two exercise stations, one with a kickboard and one using the pool wall. Challenge your class members with a fun bootcamp format that includes cardio, core training and muscle conditioning. You can offer this class in either deep or shallow water or mix it up in both.



Kickboard Bootcamp was designed to provide aquatic fitness instructors with a variety of options. Water fitness instructors typically deal with different pool shapes, sizes and depths.  Jackie has provided an excellent class format for working around those issues. This aquatic fitness video was filmed with two participants and two exercises stations, one with a kickboard and one using the pool wall. You can break up your class in two groups and follow the format exactly as is, or you can teach your class as one group and make some adjustments as outlined below.

This class format includes a short warm-up and cool down and six exercise segments. If you are splitting your class into two groups, follow the video as is and switch stations as shown in the video. If you are instructing the entire class as one group, consider following the recommendation in the outline below, or change it up to suit your needs.
Segment 1: (5:00 minutes) Warm-up
Segment 2: (5:30 minutes) Timed Interval 1 (choose kickboard station)
Segment 3: (6:00 minutes) Circuit (follow as is)
Segment 4: (5:30 minutes) Timed Interval 2 (choose wall station)
Switch Depths or stay at same depth
Segment 5: (5:30 minutes) Timed Interval 3  (choose wall station)
Segment 6: (6:00 minutes) Circuit (follow as is)
Segment 7: (5:30 minutes) Timed Interval 4 (choose kickboard station)
Segment 8: (6:00 minutes) Cool down/stretch

Once again, instructors have lots of options if teaching to the entire class. They can choose to do all wall in the first half and all kickboard in the second. They can teach this all deep, all shallow, or transition depths as per the outline above. If a kickboard is not available, they can select a different piece of equipment and insert their favorite exercises with the timed intervals provided. Watch Jackie provide more tips for using kickboards in an aqua class and for teaching this bootcamp format.



Kickboards are inexpensive and a great tool to add to your facility’s equipment inventory. Browse them at the Kickboard link on Amazon. You can purchase one for less than $15.00.  The kickboards used by the students in the video were similar to this Kickboard by Sporti.

Fitmotivation extends a big thank you to Jackie for sharing this well-designed class format that provides subscribers with a variety of options for instructing. Stay tuned for more videos with Jackie posting this winter. She has been filming videos with Fitmotivation since 2016. The first video she ever filmed for Fitmotivation was Kickboarding Circuit.
Watch a fun behind-the-scenes look of her most recent filming and some of her others.




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.