• CREDIT HOURS: 8

    This interactive online course is designed for the beginner and intermediate healthcare and fitness professional interested in incorporating aquatic exercise into patient and client program design.

    The basic concepts and principles essential to aquatic exercise programming are presented, along with discovery exercises developed to help you realize the versatility of water and how to effectively design a progressive program. Simple and fun independent pool activities allow you to experience the principles first hand.

    The instructor explains interesting, complex concepts in an easy to understand manner and applies them to real-life examples. Thought-provoking interactive questions and answers related to the clinic setting are incorporated into the course text. You will also have the opportunity to use the class Discussion Board, where students and the instructor can post comments and responses.

    You will also learn about:

    • Contraindications and Precautions to aquatic therapy
    • How exercise in the water is very different than exercise on land
    • Optimal water temperatures for various types of water activity
    • Which equipment to use and when to use it
    • Subcategories of clients with specific needs (i.e. pregnancy, pediatrics)
    • The physiological effects of immersion, especially involving the cardiovascular and renal system
    • Therapeutic benefits and challenges of water exercise
    • How to build trust with patients who may be afraid of the water
    • Deep water vs. shallow water exercise programming
    • How to implement safety polices at your site (including a printable safety checklist)
    • Aquatic therapy documentation
    • How to perform group therapy sessions
    This course provides the foundation you need to design programs for people of all abilities, from the elderly to elite athletes.

    Teaching methods for this course include: course content delivered in text format, pictures, interactive activities, web links, student discussion board, e-mail to the instructor and individual hands on assignments. All reading material is provided within the course and through links to other web sites.

    Course Goal: Participants will be able to integrate aquatic therapy programs to meet needs of patients and clients of all functional abilities.

    Upon completion of this interactive online course, the Learner will be able to:

    • Identify three (3) therapeutic effects of buoyancy, hydrostatic pressure and turbulence
    • List three (3) specific precautions and contraindication to aquatic therapy
    • Develop a progressive, safe exercise program utilizing the properties of water
    • Identify one (1) type of aquatic therapy equipment to meet rehabilitation/ fitness goal
    • Describe three (3) benefits to a specific aquatic therapy methods


  • CREDIT HOURS: 8

    This interactive online course is designed for the beginner and intermediate healthcare and fitness professional interested in incorporating aquatic exercise into patient and client program design.

    The basic concepts and principles essential to aquatic exercise programming are presented, along with discovery exercises developed to help you realize the versatility of water and how to effectively design a progressive program. Simple and fun independent pool activities allow you to experience the principles first hand.

    The instructor explains interesting, complex concepts in an easy to understand manner and applies them to real-life examples. Thought-provoking interactive questions and answers related to the clinic setting are incorporated into the course text. You will also have the opportunity to use the class Discussion Board, where students and the instructor can post comments and responses.

    You will also learn about:

    • Contraindications and Precautions to aquatic therapy
    • How exercise in the water is very different than exercise on land
    • Optimal water temperatures for various types of water activity
    • Which equipment to use and when to use it
    • Subcategories of clients with specific needs (i.e. pregnancy, pediatrics)
    • The physiological effects of immersion, especially involving the cardiovascular and renal system
    • Therapeutic benefits and challenges of water exercise
    • How to build trust with patients who may be afraid of the water
    • Deep water vs. shallow water exercise programming
    • How to implement safety polices at your site (including a printable safety checklist)
    • Aquatic therapy documentation
    • How to perform group therapy sessions
    This course provides the foundation you need to design programs for people of all abilities, from the elderly to elite athletes.

    Teaching methods for this course include: course content delivered in text format, pictures, interactive activities, web links, student discussion board, e-mail to the instructor and individual hands on assignments. All reading material is provided within the course and through links to other web sites.

    Course Goal: Participants will be able to integrate aquatic therapy programs to meet needs of patients and clients of all functional abilities.

    Upon completion of this interactive online course, the Learner will be able to:

    • Identify three (3) therapeutic effects of buoyancy, hydrostatic pressure and turbulence
    • List three (3) specific precautions and contraindication to aquatic therapy
    • Develop a progressive, safe exercise program utilizing the properties of water
    • Identify one (1) type of aquatic therapy equipment to meet rehabilitation/ fitness goal
    • Describe three (3) benefits to a specific aquatic therapy methods