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Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Becoming a Senior Fitness Instructor

The Senior Fitness Instructor Course (SFIC) certifies participants to lead fitness classes for older adults in our community. This course in Renfrew County is possible through funding from the Champlain LHIN and a local partnership between Whitewater Bromley and Rainbow Valley Community Health Centres and Barry’s Bay and Area Senior Citizens Home Support Services.

What do I need to do to become a Volunteer Senior Fitness Instructor?
  • Complete the 36-hr in class training offered this October/November 2017 in Eganville
  • Complete 16-hr field experience
  • Complete take-home test
  • Complete a practical evaluation to achieve certification
  • Complete a 2-hour CPR and AED training session

What support will I have during and after the training?
Volunteers will be supported by covering all training costs including the fees, certification, and mileage. Other support provided includes:
  • Annual CPR and AED training, annual SFI “Refresher” training courses;
  • Administrative support (e.g., preparing and printing required forms, arranging and paying for space to run courses and activities);
  • Equipment for use during fitness classes (e.g., Therabands, dumb bells, stability trainers);
  • Coaching/Mentoring from SFIC Instructor; and
  • An annual volunteer recognition event.

What will be my commitment to the community as a result of this training?
We ask that you:
  • Design low-mobility and high-mobility fitness classes for older adults according to the principles described during the SFIC
  • Lead a minimum of one Fitness Class per week for a minimum of one year. This may be done with a co-facilitator; and
  • Commit to the requirements of certification during this year (ie, refreshers)
Please contact Kathy Blomquist at 613 757 2827 for more information.
Thank you for your interest in the health and fitness of our community!

Download the SFIC Brochure.

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