Join leading aqua fit pros as they share their aqua fitness expertise & show you how to develop classes that are safe, fun and effective!

LET's make a splash!

AQUACON 2024 TUCSON, AZ

Friday, september 27th - SundAY, september 29th, 2024
edith ball adaptive recreation center | located in gene c. reid park
3455 e zoo ct, tucson, ARIZONA 85716

FOR THE LOVE OF AQUA | FOR THE LOVE OF AQUA

JOIN US FOR

THE FEST
WAY TO MAKE A
SPLASH IN fall 2024

From The FEST pre-con aqua course, like the Aqua Progressions I Certification with the Desert Swim queen herself, Janice Jaicks, to a FULL day of aqua fitness workshops covering topics such as Oodles of Noodles and Buoys in the Deep End! with Manuel Velazquez, Ai Chi with Donna Lewen, Master Aqua Zumba Class with Guillermo Melendez and Strength Training with Irene Pluim Mentz… YOU are in for a SPLASH!

AQUACON 2024 CEU PROVIDERS: ACE | AEA | AFAA | FitnessFest | KIPS

AQUA PROGRESSIONS I PRE-CON CERTIFICATION CEU PROVIDERS: ACE | AEA | AFAA | FitnessFest | KIPS

AQUA PROGRESSIONS III PRE-CON CERTIFICATION CEU PROVIDERS: AEA | AFAA | FitnessFest | KIPS

Learn More, Find Registration Details & Select Ticket Options Below!

Meet THE AQUACON 2024 LINEUP

The PRESENTERS

AQUACON 2024 PRESENTER
janice jaicks

Janice Jaicks is the founder and CEO of FitnessFest Conference & Expo, FitnessFest Events, AquaCon, and Desert Swim School, all of which have been in operation and incorporated since 1990. She has also been teaching water fitness since 1985 and training instructors in water exercise for over 25 years. Hundreds of instructors have been trained using Janice’s Aqua Progressions I program (previously titled Water Aerobics 101), and a more recent hybrid course is now being rolled out across the country. She is certified through AEA, ACE, and the Arthritis Foundation, and has enjoyed presenting aqua workshops for IDEA, SCW, AquaCon, and her own FitnessFest conferences. 

AQUACON 2024 PRESENTER
donna lewen

Donna Lewen, BA, ATRIC, has been trained at the Southwest Institute of Healing Arts and at the Aquatic Therapy & Rehab Institute. She combines a natural approach to optimal health, implementing both land and water programming. Donna’s speciality is relieving chronic pain. She has extensive experience working with persons with arthritis and a neuro-diverse clientele. The most recent award given to her is the 2023 Lifetime Achievement Award from the Aquatic Exercise Association and the Aquatic Therapy & Rehab Institute. Donna is a Trauma Informed Yoga Nidra Therapist, assisting clients in creating balance in the nervous system.

AQUACON 2024 PRESENTER
guillermo melendez

Guillermo is a native of Chicago, IL. He now resides in the heart of Texas. He has been a ZUMBA® training educator and convention presenter for over four years. He has a dance background of over 15 years. He has his Bachelor of Science in Health & Wellness and is finalizing his Masters in Holistic Nutrition. Guillermo aka “Memo” brings his passion for dance and fitness to all of his presentations – people may ‘walk in’ to his sessions, but ‘dance out with Happy Feet” when a ‘Memo’ event is done! He is a Zumba Education Specialist for the following disciplines: Zumba® Basic 1, Aqua Zumba®, Zumba® Toning, and Zumba® Proskills. Zumba® Toning and Zumba® Aqua Zumba Jammer of Choreography Workshops. Memo is a certified NASM Personal Trainer, ACE Certified Group Fitness, AFAA Certified Group Fitness, AEA Certified Aquatic Professional, CPR/AED certified.

AQUACON 2024 PRESENTER
irene pluim mentz

Irene Pluim Mentz, PT, ATRIC, was born and raised in the Netherlands where she also became a licensed physical therapist before she immigrated to the United States. She is the co-owner of One Step Beyond, Inc. Physical Therapy and continues to practice as a physical therapist with a very diverse population. Irene’s passion for anything “water” led to becoming certified with AEA and with Aquatic Therapy and Rehab Institute. She integrates her knowledge of hydro-dynamics with physical therapy into all her sessions. Irene is the inventor and developer of the Aqua-Ω adjustable drag resistance water exercise equipment. In the past several years, Irene has been presenting at SCW’s Mania’s as well as for FitCon’s DCAC and Music City Fitness Conferences. She also became S’WET certified, because their mission of changing the perception of aquatic fitness aligns with Irene’s passion of getting everybody in the pool!

AQUACON 2024 PRESENTER
manuel velazquez

Manuel Velazquez is a Group Wellness-Mind & Body Movement Specialist, Certified Personal Trainer, and an international speaker having presented at fitness conferences worldwide for over two decades! He is the recipient of the NYC all Around International Presenter of the Year and has received the SCW Presenter of the Year Award. Manuel is a continuing education faculty member for SCW, ACE, AFAA, ACSM, AEA and WATERinMOTION and stars in over 50 fitness instructor training videos. He  is currently one of the head instructors for Rancho La Puerta in Tecate, Mexico!




LEARN MORE ABOUT THE 2024 PRE-CON COURSE, AQUACON WORKSHOPS, AND OUR FEST ACCOMODATION RECOMMENDATIONS

COURSES & WORKSHOPS​

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 27TH, 2024


(VIEW ONLY – IF ATTENDING THE AQUACON 2024 PRE-CON, ADD THE PRE-CON TICKET TO YOUR CART & PROCEED TO CHECKOUT TO COMPLETE REGISTRATION)

AQUACON 2024 PRE-CON CERTIFICATION COURSE - LECTURE TO START
AQUA PROGRESSIONS I: PUTTING TOGETHER A COMPLETE PROGRAM
FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 27TH I 9:30 AM - 2:00 PM

Learn all you need to know to teach a safe and effective water aerobics class warm up through fun, fresh choreography & core-specific exercises with noodles (suspended and plank), and the complete static stretch cool down! You will create your own portal, and at your leisure, view and study detailed online lectures/modules designed to educate you on working with special populations (older adults, persons with arthritis, diabetes, obesity etc.), how and when to offer specific modifications, how to make smooth transitions, some basic anatomy & movement terminology, and an awesome video on breaking down all the moves. Then, the fun part! Get in the water with the creator, Janice Jaicks, and go through the entire practical. You will be given an opportunity to create your own routine and practice your skills to the rest of the group! An online exam will follow.

(8 CREDIT HOURS: AEA | ACE | AFAA | FITNESSFEST | KIPS)

API COURSE MANUAL AVAILABLE IN YOUR ONLINE CERTIFICATION PORTAL. SUPPLEMENTAL HANDOUTS PROVIDED IN-PERSON

AQUACON 2024 PRE-CON CERTIFICATION COURSE - LECTURE TO START
AQUA PROGRESSIONS III
FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 27TH I 11:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Many of us teach older adults in our aqua classes. Within these populations come a variety of health concerns. From arthritis, to joint issues, post-surgery, obesity, diabetes and on and on. Donna has been a fitness professional working with special populations for over 30 years. Learn in detail not only about these health concerns, but also how to offer options in your group OR private setting in the pool.  You’ll embrace the knowledge of four hours of lecture, a detailed manual, and a spreadsheet to break down health concerns and their contraindications.  Then, a two hour in-pool demonstration/training from Donna!

(8 CREDIT HOURS: AEA | AFAA | FITNESSFEST | KIPS

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 28, 2024


(VIEW ONLY – ADD THE AQUACON 2024 MAIN TICKET TO CART & PROCEED TO CHECKOUT TO COMPLETE YOUR REGISTRATION – PLEASE DO NOT COMBINE REGISTRATIONS, ONE ORDER PER REGISTRANT)

APPROX. 8 CREDIT HOURS: AEA | AFAA | FITNESSFEST | KIPS

AQUACON 2024 WORKSHOP
POWER OF THE POOL
Janice Jaicks
SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 28TH I 8:30 AM - 10:20 AM

Whether you have been taking Janice’s workshops over the years at FitnessFest or AquaCon, or recently have taken Janice’s Aqua Progressions 1 certification, you’ll love the way she breaks down her cardio moves in this workshop! NEW to Janice? You don’t want to miss this one! 

You’ll take a cardio move and break down the basics.  Learn new cues for alignment and posture, while adding in several upper body components and options for all populations. High energy, cool choreography, and modifications.

 

AQUACON 2024 WORKSHOP
SWING SPORT AQUATICS
Donna Lewen
SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 28TH I 8:30 AM - 10:20 PM
Learn a warm-up, exercise protocol and cool down for clients who participate in swing sports, including pickleball, tennis, ping pong, golf, baseball. This course will show you how to prevent injury, as well as tips to improve game performance. Experience diagonals, utilization of inertia and other techniques to make this program not only fun, but safe and effective.
AQUACON 2024 WORKSHOP
PUT YOUR MOVES WHERE YOUR MUSIC IS!
Manuel Velazquez
SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 28TH I 10:30 AM - 12:20 PM

You want your classes to be more music-inspired? More fun?  No one better than Manuel to kick up the cardio party with some music to match from all genres.

 

AQUACON 2024 WORKSHOP
AQUATIC STRENGTH TRAINING
Irene Pluim Mentz
SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 28TH I 10:30 AM - 12:20 PM

Let’s break down the myth and show your participants they CAN build muscle and become more functional using aquatic exercise. We will discuss considerations regarding your target group, what type (if any) equipment to use, and how to use it safely and effectively.

 

AQUACON 2024 LUNCH BREAK

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 28TH: 12:30 PM - 1:20 PM

ENJOY LUNCH ON YOUR OWN OR WITH A FESTIE. CONNECT & NETWORK DURING OUR PRESENTER Q & A!

Bring your own lunch or enjoy a delicious, prepared lunch and drink for $19!

AQUACON 2024 WORKSHOP
OODLES OF NOODLES & BOUYS IN THE DEEP END!
Manuel Velazquez
SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER, 28TH: 1:30 PM - 3:20 PM

Deep water workouts can really be an amazing workout. Add equipment, and you’ve got upper body, lower body, and core galore! You can transfer any of these moves to shallow water as well.

AQUACON 2024 WORKSHOP
AI CHI
Donna Lewen
SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 28TH: 1:30 PM - 3:20 PM
Just as the body has many different physical systems – immune, endocrine, lymphatic, cardiovascular, etc., we are also an energetic system. The meridians are 12 tangible pathways that carry energy into, through, and out of your body. Without even being aware they exist, they can serve you well when you learn to ask in their language for an energy boost. Meridians are energy pathways that connect the dots. Learn to use advanced Ai Chi techniques to enhance the stagnated energy in the meridian pathways, ultimately freeing the body/mind/spirit, and releasing stagnant emotions.
AQUACON 2023 WORKSHOP - POOL TO START
TABATA... NOT FOR THE FAINT OF HEART!
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 7TH: 1:30 PM - 3:20 PM

Interval training like Tabata has been proven to burn calories long after your workout. So why not take it to the pool! Higher intensity moves will be executed to give you that burst of energy, paired with short rest, and timed intervals to repeat. The Tabata method utilizes 8 rounds of a 20 second at max “give it all you’ve got” effort with a 10 second recovery. The dynamic duo, Janice & Jeanette, will combine their favorite cardio moves to give you a run for your money! We will discuss fresh Tabata music options, how often to change the move with safe effective transitions, and other hot topics. (Jaicks, Pyle)                     

AQUACON 2023 WORKSHOP - LECTURE TO START
CORE FUSION H2O
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 7TH: 1:30 PM - 3:20 PM

Move over traditional sit-ups and crunches, we’re shaking things up and gamifying core work! In this session, learn fun games that inspire friendly competition amongst your clients while sculpting, and strengthening the body’s center of power. Clients will stay for the laughs and return for the results! This innovative workshop leaves you with enough core-movement sequences to fill with uniquely creative strength training workouts focused on every part of your core: the abs, backs, and hips. Enjoy powerful music adapted specifically to the water in a 64-count format. Walk away with enough practical ideas to be ready to use Monday morning! (Velazquez)

AQUACON 2024 WORKSHOP
AQUA ZUMBA CLASS
Guillermo Melendez
SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 28TH I 3:30 PM - 4:30 PM (One hour only)
This refreshing, invigorating Zumba Pool Party will include many different Latin and International dance rhythms. This unique method complements all the muscles and allows all people, those that are fit as well as those with disabilities or physical limitations, to join in the Zumba experience!                    
AQUACON 2024 WORKSHOP
ALL INCLUSIVE AQUATICS
Irene Pluim Mentz
SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 28TH I 3:30 PM - 5:20 PM
In this session we will discuss different ways to adapt your programming to be all-inclusive. We will cover some common diagnoses (like stroke, obesity, fibromyalgia, and arthritis) and ways to allow for safe participation. There will also be time to talk about YOUR own participants and find solutions to include all.              
AQUACON 2023 WORKSHOP - POOL TO START
WET BARRE™: OM
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 7TH: 3:30 PM - 5:20 PM

Inspired by the 3 dimensional movements of Gyrotonic, yoga, Myofascial stretch and more, this workshop helps undo faulty movement patterns and muscle adaptations from being sedentary. It incorporates rotation and fluid movements that create a sense of length and openness. Ideal for warm-up, cool-down, mind-body formats, seniors, warm water classes and recovery (Shallow)(Brock)

AQUACON 2023 WORKSHOP - LECTURE TO START
H2O CARDIO DANCE MIX & MUSIC SELECTION
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 7TH: 3:30 PM - 5:20 PM

You don’t have to be fit or flexible to dance. In fact, with this dance workout, you can build fitness, flexibility, and coordination, all while moving to the beat of fun-funk music. Join Manuel and learn and experience his combinations of comfortable choreography with passionate performance. Your body will vibrate and rejoice with the enjoying the sweet and satisfying freedom of moving and grooving. Are you looking for a new way to add spice to your water fitness program? Try adding dance elements. Aqua Dance captivates the joy of movement and the expression of life through integrating world rhythms and music. The fusion of aquatic fitness moves with dance-based choreography will give you, as an instructor, a movement base free from the boundaries and gravity, limited only by the possibilities of the human form. (Velazquez)

SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 29TH, 2024
MAY SELECT ONE POST-CON OPTION DURING REGISTRATION)

AQUACON 2024 POST-CON COURSE
AQUA ZUMBA CERTIFICATION
Guillermo Melendez
SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 29TH I 9:00 AM - 6:00 PM

Learn how to teach effective and challenging water-based workouts that integrate the Zumba® formula into traditional aqua fitness disciplines. Zumba Fitness lovers are die-hard party people, so putting Zumba movements into the water was a ‘no-brainer’. The challenge was made: “People already do salsa in the water, now do something you’ve never seen before”. Create something that everyone can do and still be challenged physically by doing it. Aqua Zumba was born! This refreshing, invigorating Zumba Pool Party will include many different Latin and international dance rhythms. This unique workout complements all the muscles and allows all people, those that are fit as well as those with disabilities or physical limitations, to join in the Zumba experience!**

‌‌Included with Session:

The Ultimate Music & Choreo Collection To Launch Your Aqua Zumba® Career on ZIN NOW
Electronic Instructor Training Manual
Certificate of Completion
Fitness Certification Credits for Instructor Trainings – varies by country
ACE CEC’s
AEA CEC’s
AFAA CEU’s

** You must complete Zumba Basic 1 (Land) training before completing this course. You can register for the virtual session Friday, September 13th or you can find an in-person class on Zumba’s website. Click below to register for all Zumba courses. Registration is separate from AquaCon.

AQUACON REGISTRATION OPTIONS

Aqua Progressions I
AQUA PROGRESSIONS III
Aquacon Main Ticket
Lunch Ticket

 

Terms & Conditions: Cancellations must be in writing thirty days prior to the first day of conference. Your registration may then be transferred to another event through December 31st 2025, or transferred to any livestream event, without a penalty or a transfer fee. There are no refunds.

Any cancellations received after 30 days may be transferred to another event (by 12/31/2025) with a $75 transfer fee. There are no refunds. You may also transfer your registration to another person. They must register themselves. Contact us at support@fitnessfest.org for details.

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The Courtyard Tucson Williams Centre is located just minutes from Davis Monthan Air Force Base, downtown Tucson and the University of Arizona. Our modern lobby features flexible work and dining spaces, free Wi-Fi, and The Bistro – Eat. Drink. Connect.®; which offers a variety of breakfast options, Starbucks® coffee, and evening dinner and drink service. Our outdoor pool, whirlpool, and fitness center are available to help you unwind and remain active while visiting. Tucson has many unique attractions such as the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum, Reid Park Zoo, Pima Air and Space Museum, the University of Arizona, and the Tucson Botanical Gardens, just to name a few! We are the closest Marriott hotel to DMAFB and located just minutes from Tucson Medical Center, Pima Medical Institute, and numerous corporate offices. Our business guests will love the flexible space options and free Wi-Fi in our spacious guest rooms, along with two meeting rooms totaling 1,248 square perfect for hosting a meeting or event.

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