WARREN, RI — WaterRower Inc. recently had its WaterCoach Professional education program accredited by the American Council on Exercise (ACE) and the Aerobics and Fitness Association of America (AFAA).

WaterRower, a manufacturer of rowers for use in fitness facilities and homes, offers fitness instructors training designed to increase their knowledge of the benefits of rowing and enable them to teach indoor rowing classes. Instructors who complete the company's WaterCoach Professional program will be eligible to teach WaterCrew, an indoor group rowing program that simulates on-water crew rowing.

“Accreditation by ACE and AFAA lends credibility to rowing as an indoor fitness activity,” says Jill Lancaster, a WaterRower master instructor. “Now, health clubs and fitness facilities will be able to build their instructors' skill sets and expand their suite of offerings to help attract and retain members by offering something new and different.”

WaterRower's WaterCoach Professional program encompasses two levels of instruction. WaterCoach Professional Level I is an online course designed to introduce the trainer to rowing and its numerous physiological benefits. It also covers training methods and programs used by professional rowers. WaterCoach Professional Level II is a hands-on, half-day workshop emphasizing the mechanics, form and technique of rowing, preparing the trainer to teach rowing and facilitate rowing exercise programs.