HYDRO-FIT Academy 2017

September 23 & 24, 2017
Willamalane Park & Swim Center
Springfield, Oregon



Full Weekend
16.0 AEA CECs

Single Day
8.0 AEA CECs

The Academy is HYDRO-FIT's premier instructor training event offering two full days of in-depth workshops with cutting edge education for water exercise instructors and fitness professionals. The two-day format devotes one day to shallow water training (Saturday) and the second day to deep water training (Sunday). Nine all new workshops are featured this year from presenters Craig Stuart, Steph Toogood, Terri Mitchell, Lori Templeman, Cassie Biddulph and Marilyn Hinson. Register for the Full Academy Weekend, or a Single Day. Want to attend an individual Course? Please call us at 800-346-7295 to determine availability.
Our host facility is Willamalane Park & Swim Center located in Springfield, Oregon. Willamalane houses three indoor swimming pools: an eight-lane 25-yard lap pool, an adjacent warm water exercise pool, and a separate deep water diving well. The pools are large and the water clarity is exceptional. A spacious and comfortable lecture room is directly adjacent to the pool areas for quick and easy transitions from classroom to pool.

HYDRO-FIT Academy 2017 Schedule at a Glance



Saturday, Sept. 23     Shallow Water Focus Day

8:00 – 8:45am             Welcome and Introductions

8:45 – 9:45am             Aqua Alignment / POOL — Hinson

9:45 – 10:45am           Disco Waves / POOL — Biddulph

10:45 – 11:45am          Loaded Movement Training / Classroom — Mitchell

11:45 – 12:45pm          Loaded Movement Training / POOL

1:00 – 2:00pm             Lunch

2:00 – 3:00pm              Hand Buoy ABCs / Classroom — Toogood

3:00 – 4:00pm              Hand Buoy ABCs / POOL 

4:00 – 4:15pm              Break

4:15 – 5:15pm              AquaLogical Legs / POOL — Mitchell

5:15 – 6:15pm              AquaLogical Legs / Classroom 



Sunday, Sept. 24       Deep Water Focus Day

8:00 – 8:30am              Check In 

8:30 – 9:30am              Newton Goes Deep / Classroom — Templeman

9:30 – 10:30am            Newton Goes Deep / POOL 

10:30 – 10:45am          Break

10:4511:45am           Deep Water Running / POOL — Stuart

11:45 – 12:45pm          Deep Water Running / Classroom

1:00 – 2:00pm             Lunch

2:00 – 3:00pm              Deep ABC Training / Classroom — Toogood 

3:00 – 4:00pm              Deep ABC Training / POOL 

4:00 – 4:15pm              Break

4:15 – 5:15pm              Deep H2O Tool Box / POOL — Stuart

5:15 – 6:15pm              Deep H2O Tool Box  / Classroom


Course Descriptions

Saturday 8:45–9:45am

Aqua Alignment   

Learn how to apply Pilates alignment principles in the aquatic environment. Experience HYDRO-FIT movement vocabulary while analyzing the “way” and the “how” to attain and maintain excellent posture and form. Explore a simple variety of intensities and movement patterns to glean a basic knowledge of alignment while in motion. Discover how alignment vocabulary cues empower both the class and the individual creating a real “group” exercise sensation. 1.0 AEA CEC


Saturday 9:45–10:45am

Disco Waves

Get a refreshing blast of creative ideas to inject fun and energy into your shallow water class routines. Make your students feel like disco era superstars with Cassie’s inspirational blocks of simple and effective choreography. These 70’s era moves are sure to keep your classes moving and grooving! 1.0 AEA CEC



Saturday  10:45–12:45pm

Loaded Movement Training (LMT) 

An emerging trend known as Loaded Movement Training is an effective way to help students and clients develop functional strength by training the muscles together as one system. LMT challenges & conditions muscles, fascia and other systems in the body. Discover how to apply LMT to your aquatic fitness program through integrating multiple-joint exercises focusing on stability, mobility, strength and power.  2.0 AEA CECs

Equipment: HYDRO-FIT Cuffs and Hand Buoys



Saturday  2:00–4:00pm 

Hand Buoy ABCs (Aerobic, Balance, Core)


Aerobic stimulus + Balance training + Core strengthening. Discover how a triple training focus brings more to your water workouts. Learn and experience three segments illustrating contrasting use of Hand Buoys to address a variety of fitness levels. The aerobic segment demonstrates power moves, the balance section uses buoyancy to practice functional poses and the core segment trains for proper posture and alignment. 2.0 AEA CECs

Equipment: Mini Hand Buoys and Noodle Buoys



Saturday  4:15-6:15pm

AquaLogical Legs


Its absolutely aqua logical. Our legs take us where we want to go! Review pelvis and hip anatomy to better understand effective ways to harness buoyancy & resistance using diagonal movement patterns to train the legs for increased strength and stamina. Discover how incorporating various impact levels with intensity progressions creates additional challenge to develop improved function. 2.0 AEA CECs

Equipment: Mini Cuffs and WAVE Webs



Sunday  8:30–10:30am

Newton Goes Deep


Go deep and review Newton’s Laws from the ‘wet’ perspective. Learn how to modify and apply intensity alterations specific to the deep water environment using the principles of inertia, acceleration, and action/reaction. Expand your ability to provide effective progressions and regressions that fully utilize the water’s unique properties. It may seem simple, but there’s a lot beneath the surface to know and understand. 

2.0 AEA CECs. Equipment: WAVE Belt, Cuffs and WAVE Webs



Sunday  10:45–12:45pm

Deep Water Running (DWR)


Running is an excellent form of exercise on land — and in the water. But it’s different. Learn the core elements of teaching proper running form and technique in the zero-impact environment of deep water. This session examines how to expand DWR and take it to new levels by incorporating complimentary ‘vertical swim strokes’ to challenge all the muscles and systems in the body. 2.0 AEA CECs. 

Equipment: WAVE Belt, Cuffs, Pool Saddle and WAVE Webs



Sunday  2:00–4:00pm

Deep ABC Training (Angles, Balance, Core)


Use deep water to the MAX! Explore varied working positions using the limbs to stabilize and de-stabilize the body in both symmetrical and asymmetrical

patterns. Investigate progressive exercise through 360° to ensure muscle balance and joint integrity. Experience how soft & sequential patterns integrated with rigid & power moves come together to create optimal fitness benefits. 2.0 AEA CECs

Equipment: WAVE Belt and WAVE Webs



Sunday  4:15-6:15pm

Deep H2O Tool Box

Gear up, get wet and expand your aquatic tool box. Experience a variety of mini-routines designed to recharge and refresh both your teaching skills and deep water choreography. Learn how to target specific muscles groups and training objectives with functional exercises that balance the overload equally around the body. Upper body, lower body, core and more — these mini-routines are guaranteed to easily snap into your existing choreography and pump up your classes.




Cassie Biddulph has over 20 years experience teaching aquatic fitness and is a tutor and presenter for Hydro-Actif in the UK. Cassie is firmly committed to delivering fun, functional and motivational classes to suit all levels. As a dance and choreography specialist, she is passionate about creating classes that are inclusive and inspirational.



Marilyn Hinson holds a BFA from The Juilliard School and an MA from UCLA in dance. She has danced and choreographed professionally and developed dance programs at Missouri Valley College as an Assistant Professor. Marilyn has been in the fitness industry for 25 years in many capacities. She is AEA, ACE, PMA, GYROTONIC® and GYROKINESIS® certified. She is currently completing her certification as an Eating Psychology Coach through The Institute for The Psychology of Eating. She is the owner of the Movement Studio at The Downtown Athletic Club in Eugene, OR, and the co-creator of the HYDRO-FIT Pool Pilates workout.


Terri Mitchell has committed her livelihood to aquatic fitness, therapy and wellness for more than 25 years. She is a Physical Therapist Assistant, specializing in outpatient aquatic physical therapy. Terri is an international presenter for ATRI, AEA, and an AquaStretch Instructor Trainer. She is the recipient of the 2010 Aquatic Therapy Professional Award from ATRI, the 2001 Dolphin Award from the Aquatic Therapy and Rehab Institute and the AEA’s 1992 Aquatic Fitness Professional of the Year. She lives and works in Austin, TX.


Craig Stuart is the founder and President of HYDRO-FIT. Certified with AEA, Craig has more than 25 years of experience leading and directing aquatic fitness programs. He is the star of several acclaimed water fitness DVDs and a member of the fitness staff at Mexico’s award winning Rancho La Puerta Health & Fitness Spa. Craig is well known for his innovative teaching techniques and energetic presentation style.


Lori Templeman, BA, is the owner of Fitness Temple in Sacramento, CA. She is a group fitness instructor, AquaStretch™ facilitator and personal trainer. Lori is an AEA national presenter and travels the country leading aquatic fitness programs. She is also a successful freelance writer featured in various fitness publications. Lori’s certifications include AEA, ACE, AFAA, and Arthritis Foundation.


Steph Toogood is an AEA Training Specialist in the UK and founder of Hydro-Actif Ltd, the UK's leading team of water exercise educators. Steph is the star of 11 fitness videos and has 25 years experience teaching and creating water exercise programs focusing on aging well. She is a regular presenter for AEA, HYDRO-FIT, IDEA and ATRI.  Steph is the recipient of AEA’s Global Award for Education Excellence and the UK’s Fab after 50 Health Achiever. She has been named one of the top 10 fitness instructors in the UK.


CECs & Tuition

Continuing Education Credits

HYDRO-FIT is an approved education provider for the Aquatic Exercise Association (AEA). Upon successful completion of the Full Academy Weekend, participants earn a HYDRO-FIT Specialty Certificate* and 16.0 AEA Continuing Education Credits.
*HYDRO-FIT Academy does not offer certification


Tuition for the Full Weekend (16.0 CECs) is $345. Single Day (8.0 CECs) tuition is $195. Individual Workshops (2.0 CECs) are $75 each (please call for availability). Tuition includes all courses, lecture sessions, practical classes and course materials. In addition, Full Weekend and Single Day tuitions include a nutritious lunch each day and healthy snacks throughout the day.


We accept VISA, MasterCard, Discover and AMEX for online registrations. For all other forms of payment including personal check and facility purchase orders, phone-in registration is available by calling 800-346-7295 Monday–Friday, 7:00 am to 5:00 pm Pacific Standard Time.


You may cancel or modify your registration without any penalty/change fee any time prior to September 8, 2017. After September 8th, all cancellations will be subject to a $75 processing fee.

Travel Details

Hotel Accommodations

Special rates are available at our conference hotel, the Springfield Village Inn, located less than a mile from the Willamalane Park & Swim Center. Mention HYDRO-FIT Academy when making your inquiry or reservation to receive a special discounted room rate. The special discounted room rate is good Friday, September 22 through Sunday, September 24, 2017.

Springfield Village Inn
1875 Mohawk Blvd.
Springfield, OR 97477
(541) 747-4546 or (800) 327-6871


Eugene’s airport (EUG) is the nearest to Willamalane Park & Swim Center—located 15 miles away. Portland International (PDX) is 125 miles away. The Willamalane Park & Swim Center offers ample and free off street parking.


If you are registered for the Full Weekend or a Single Day, a nutritious lunch is included each day. Vegetarian and gluten free options are available. In addition, a selection of healthy snacks is provided to all participants throughout the weekend.

What To Bring

The Academy curriculum includes lectures and in-pool activity sessions. Within each day you will transition wet-to-dry and dry-to-wet multiple times. Please come prepared. We recommend you bring: 2–3 swimsuits, 2 sets of casual exercise wear, aquatic fitness shoes, aerobic fitness shoes, 2–3 towels (our host facility does not provide towels), pullovers and warm-ups and a personal refillable water bottle.




Full Weekend
16.0 AEA CECs

Single Day
8.0 AEA CECs











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