Aquatic Personal Trainer Certificate (APFTC)


The Aquatic Personal Trainer Certificate is designed for experienced personal trainers who want to expand their services by providing personal training for clients in an aquatic environment. Students learn about the effects of water properties on exercise programming, formats for aquatic exercise, and how to monitor exercise intensity in aquatic environments.

Graduates may be employed by health clubs, fitness centers, or wellness centers. Job activities may include fitness testing and risk factor identification, conducting individual and group exercise programs, counseling clients on behavior modifications, and designing individualized fitness programs.

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Employment Options

Graduates Are Prepared To

  • Work in health clubs, fitness centers, or wellness centers

Representative Job Titles For Graduates

  • Aquatic Personal Trainer

Graduate Starting Salary Projections

$15.25/hour (median pay)

Employment Outlook

Employment of fitness trainers and instructors is projected to grow 13 percent through 2022, about as fast as the average for all occupations. As businesses, government, and insurance organizations continue to recognize the benefits of health and fitness programs for their employees, incentives to join gyms or other types of health clubs are expected to increase the need for fitness trainers and instructors.

Education Options

Representative Co-Op/Clinical/Intern Sites

  • Certificate does not include co-op


Effective 2018-2019 academic year

Aquatic Personal Trainer Certificate (APFTC)

Program Prerequisites: Meet with Program Chair, and hold a nationally accredited Personal Training Certificate.

Semester 1LecLabCredits
EMS 100CPR and First Aid for the Health Care Professional 101
HFT 160Aquatic Personal Trainer 122
Total Credits:  223

The letters G, B, and T (displayed after course titles or elective descriptions) identify types of courses required by the Ohio Department of Higher Education as part of an associate’s degree curriculum.
G = General Education course in this curriculum
B = Basic Skills course in this curriculum
T = Technical course in this curriculum


Program Chair
Melinda (Mindy) Piles, MEd, ACSM EP-C, CPT
(513) 569-5713
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