This unit describes the performance outcomes, skills and knowledge required to instruct an approved community fitness program designed to promote wellbeing and increase physical activity levels in community groups. Program evaluation is the responsibility of the approving authority.  This unit applies to fitness and recreation program instructors who work with a range of clients in a variety of locations including aquatic, recreation, leisure, fitness, gym and community centres.

Unit details

Study level:
Vocational and further education (TAFE)
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Assessment tasks will be designed to reinforce and extend knowledge and skill competence within set and controlled parameters in accordance with each unit's learning outcomes and performance criteria requirements, including the setting of work based practical application tasks designed to provide evidence of competence outcomes, within periodic and scheduled timelines. Students will be expected to demonstrate the following required skills: - instruct three approved community fitness programs, that individually or cumulatively incorporate: clear and accurate instructions and pre-session information: personal introduction; verbal pre-screen; session level outline and demonstration and explanation of exercises; well-timed visual and verbal cueing; class organisation and formation; emergency procedures; appropriate and safe footwear and clothing; rests; correct exercise techniques and breathing; - modification of exercise options to meet individual needs; - sensitivity to social and cultural differences or needs; - regular encouragement and feedback to clients during session, and; - use the following communication skills: clear verbal communication; modelling and demonstration, and; motivational techniques.Students will also be expected to demonstrate the following knowledge: - legislative and regulatory requirements regarding community fitness programs; - organisational policies and procedures; - approved community fitness programs; - instructional techniques to enable effective delivery and monitoring of program; - general characteristics of main cultural and social groups in Australian society and key aspects that relate to client cultural and religious protocols and preferences for exercise, and; - injury prevention strategies to maximise client participation in the program.

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