Long before aqua tools like dumbbells and noodles were available to use in classes, there existed only one floatation aid that was a staple in every pool – the kick board. Used to assist swimmers with technique and to develop lower body power, the kick board made its way into the aqua class as instructors looked for ways to aid suspension exercises and create resistance in the water.

The number of exercises was somewhat limited, as the kick board did not have handles, required considerable strength to be pushed through the water, and caused shoulders and fingers to fatigue quickly with both suspended and resisted exercises. New tools became available that were much more flexible with movement in water and provided options that the kick board couldn’t, and so it was increasingly left in the store room during classes.

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