- CERTIFICATION – Instructors must hold a current, nationally recognized certification.
- DIVERSE – Instructors must be well-versed and have experience in various class formats
- ENERGETIC, ENTERTAINING STYLE – Being able to teach BASIC class formats in a DYNAMIC and HIGHLY ENERGETIC style is essential.
- EXPERIENCE – Being able to teach to a diverse range of levels and be especially comfortable with beginners. Being able to read participants, adjust accordingly and to make everyone FEEL SUCCESSFUL.
- EXCELLENT FORM, PHRASING, CUEING and SAFETY
- HEALTHY ROLE MODEL – Instructors should dress in professional attire with a neat appearance, be fit, healthy and ‘in shape’.
- EXCELLENT PEOPLE SKILLS, OUTGOING PERSONALITY, PROFESSIONAL and FRIENDLY – Instructors must excel in these areas and be able to ‘walk their talk’ by promoting their classes on-site in an encouraging manner. Having a ‘visible’ instructor goes hand in hand with being approachable and encouraging.
- ‘GO WITH THE FLOW’ attitude – Instructors must be adaptable and flexible. Travel is an ‘adventure’ and it must be looked at this way.
- ABILITY TO THINK ‘OUTSIDE THE BOX’ – Most fitness-based resorts have limited equipment but most have steps and mats. Some have other equipment like stability balls and hand weights however, most do not. Microphones are not usually part of the sound systems. Most resorts do have MP3/I-Pod capabilities as well as CD players. Take the necessary cords/hook-ups. Many classes are held outdoors in more casual settings, most often not in ‘studios’. Instructors must be flexible in their approach and enjoy the spirit of movement while adjusting to some of these unique resort class settings/scenarios.
- VERSATILITY – Resort teaching requires versatility. Some resort contacts can be quite flexible with regards to allowing each instructor to make small adaptations. Other contacts like the class formats to stay the same.
- INDIVIDUALITY – Instructors are encouraged to bring their own ‘flavor’ to each class. For example, ‘stretching’ can incorporate yoga and basic pilates concepts while ‘step’, ‘aqua fitness’ and ‘low impact’ classes can include some body sculpting, interval, tae box and dance components.
- AQUA FITNESS EXPERIENCE – Aqua fitness certification is recommended, but not mandatory for teaching water classes within this fitness role. A good “working knowledge” of this format, however, is needed to teach at any of the fitness-based contracts on our roster. Instructors who are less versed in aqua fitness need to possess a sincere interest in taking the necessary steps to be comfortable and prepared to teach this format.
- MIND/BODY EXPERIENCE – For those who are thinking of taking some mind/body workshops or self study, we encourage you to do so. As fitness professionals, it is important to continue developing skills and learn new concepts. Health, wellness and fitness all go hand in hand. One cannot expect to become ‘certified’ over a weekend but knowledge is power and staying current is vital in our industry. Mind/body concepts can be incorporated into many of the resort classes especially stretch classes.