Welcome to Aquafusion

Aquafusion offers high quality educational training courses in West Yorkshire leading to valuable and nationally recognised qualifications.  We give you the knowledge, ability and motivation to enable you to deliver safe, effective community-based exercise sessions during and after pregnancy.


Aquafusion was developed in the early 1980s by Christine.  When she found out she was pregnant with twins she was unable to find exercises and pregnancy classes.  She approached physiotherapists and midwives and together they developed a programme of Aquanatal courses. This successful programme is now recognised in the UK and Europe and was endorsed by the Royal College of Midwives.

These community led programmes enable midwives and fitness professionals to outreach to members of the community to help and encourage them to adopt a healthier lifestyle during and after pregnancy. For the latest details on Aquafusion events and activity then click the Facebook icon below and follow our page.

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Why Choose Aquafusion?

Our tutors are specialists in their field and are all highly qualified and proactive within the health and well-being profession. Our courses offer midwives the opportunity to teach exercise within the community for the NHS or to enable them to develop their own Aquanatal business to support mothers during and after pregnancy. Our students travel from far and wide to Leeds to attend our courses coming from as far away as Scotland, Manchester, Birmingham, Derby and London. As well as midwives travelling from Malta, Gibraltar and the Outer Hebrides. Many of our midwives continue their careers within the NHS alongside teaching Aquanatal and some go on to set up exciting new businesses for expectant and post-natal mothers.

Our Courses

Aquanatal -
Introduction to Teaching

This intensive practical and theoretical foundation course provides the knowledge and coaching skills to lead a community based aqua-natal exercise class safely and effectively.

All our administration team and tutors will enthusiastically manage and support the whole training process from initial enquiry through to successful completion. Our enthusiasm is second to none and will inspire you to reach your full potential through our training programmes.


29 Feb & 1 Mar 2024  – Nuffield – Shipley Fitness & Wellbeing, West Yorkshire

15 & 16 Nov 2024 – Nuffield – Shipley Fitness & Wellbeing, West Yorkshire

Course Cost (2 Days) £375 – if a course is oversubscribed we may need to ask for a non-refundable deposit to secure your place.

For an application form please contact us at


Aquanatal -
Advanced Teaching Skills

This course is designed for midwives and fitness professionals who are currently teaching or returning to aqua-natal community classes.

This course will further your knowledge in both ante and post-natal exercise prescription & looks at a wide variety of class formats including circuits. It will look at introduction of small equipment into an aqua-natal session including water noodles, floats, water buoys and will also introduce the concept of introducing circuit style formats into your session plans.

The course is designed to give you an up-date on teaching skills and communication and introduce you to new ideas to refresh your teaching. Delivered through theory and practical sessions where tutors can support and give you feedback throughout.

We usually recommend that you have attended our Aquanatal – Introduction To Teaching course prior to attending the Aquanatal – Advanced Teaching Skills course.

On completion of this 1 day course you will receive a Certificate Of Attendance.

20 Sept 2024 – Nuffield Shipley Fitness & Wellbeing West Yorkshire 

Course Cost (1 day) £190 – if the course is oversubscribed we may need to ask for a non-refundable deposit to secure your place.

For an application form please contact


Back & Abdominal Care in
Pregnancy & Beyond

This course is a basic introduction to how to teach safe and appropriate exercises using the principles of Pilates.

It introduces Midwives and Health and Fitness professionals to the principles of core stability and back care that are essential to new mums during and after pregnancy.

It will introduce you to 10 exercises that focus on improving posture, maintaining abdominal tone, aiding back care and maintaining pelvic stability, along with lifting and carrying baby. The course will enable you to introduce exercises that are core-based and aimed at strengthening the back and abdominals to improve posture during pregnancy and beyond. Delivered through theory and practical sessions where tutors can support and give you feedback throughout.

On completion of this 1 day course you will receive a Certificate Of Attendance.

Next courses:

21 Sept 2024  – The Studio, Menston, West Yorkshire

Course Cost (1 day) £190 – we many need to ask for a non-refundable deposit if the course is oversubscribed to secure your place.

For an application form please contact us

Modern Pilates

Modern Pilates

Whether your interest in Pilates is just a hobby, or you are a fitness or health professional, Modern Pilates nurture, support and teach you the skills you need to become a successful Clinical Contemporary Matwork Pilates Teacher (Certified by YMCA Awards Level 3). 

Modern Pilates is an established method of teaching Pilates originally created by Cherry Baker, Christine North-Minchella & Dr Christopher Norris (MCSP) and we are proud of the reputation we have gained within the industry.

All MP courses are delivered Face to Face to ensure you have the best practical experience possible.

All the team at Modern Pilates are now managed by our Lead Tutor Graeme Baxter. While we still run the courses through our West Yorkshire base Graeme manages the course bookings, our tutors and assessors.



The Studio

Introducing The Studio in Menston.

We have been developing classes and tutorials for the past 10 years and have built up a unique community-style environment where friends can meet and exercise together without the pressures of a ‘big gym’ environment.
At the Studio we run a wide range of classes for all levels and abilities with an emphasis on Modern Pilates, Fitness, Personal Training and Mummy Fit.
Due to the growth of this aspect of our business we are always looking for new teachers and tutors to join us and support Christine’s own teaching programmes and commitments.
Christine has delivered classes at large nationally renowned Fitness Centres, and in subsequent years has set up and run  two of her own Studios, she has built up a huge bank of knowledge. This wealth of experience is available to any teacher who wants to develop their own studio operation and would like to benefit from a guiding hand.

Clicking here will take you direct to The Studio’s own website where you can find out more

“Hi could I just say the tutor Christine for this course was nothing short of perfect she kept us motivated and was so kind and warming it was a pleasure to be on this course. I’ve done many many fitness courses and this lady had everything. Thankyou so much” (Aquanatal 1 – Introduction to Teaching)
Emma Carthy