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Carrie Thorson, PT, is a Campus Director and ATU instructor. And you can be too! All you need is a degree and a love for water. Read more...

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Our courses are approved by the Federation of State Boards of PT for up to 21 CCUs. That's 5 free credits!

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Love the water? Then get recognized! PTs and OTs and assistants, apply this class to your Aquaticist℠ credential and get promoted faster. Read more...

Aquatic Therapy University
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Plymouth, MN  55447
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WELCOME to the 1st social networking site for the Aquatic Therapy Industry. If aquatic therapy is your passion or your business, this is the social network for you ~ Andrea Salzman, MS, PT, Founder, Aquatic Resources Network

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Wellness and water at a retreat in India

I'm nearing the end of 2 years working to set up and provide the aqua services at a new high-end wellness retreat in north India. It's been such an engaging (and challenging) experience that I am continuing.  I am so greatly indebted to Harold Dull for creating the healing art that is Watsu and for…


Posted by Sara Firman (Sulis) on March 8, 2016 at 8:37am

Importance of staying hydrated when immersed in water for long periods

Being in water for some time makes most people want to pee.  This is why I ask aquatic bodywork clients to avoid drinking too much fluid before a session and encourage them to drink plenty of water afterwards.

The dehydrating effect is especially significant for some (see highlight below) as Peggy Schroedinger, Aqua PT explains.  I thought this might be of interest here ...…


Posted by Sara Firman (Sulis) on October 9, 2014 at 3:03am

Aquatic therapy Start-up looking for Ecp.

My start up is aquatic therapy and looking for a lead therapist with several yrs of exp plus management. I don't have experience -just the idea. If I find the right person I can open in 6 mths. Are there any sites other than indeed Craigslist or LinkedIn to find the right person?

Posted by Randa on March 11, 2014 at 3:37pm

1st European Conference on Evidence Based Aquatic Therapy (ECEBAT)

Dear Colleague,

We would like to invite you to visit the website of ECEBAT: The 1st European Conference of Evidence Based Aquatic Therapy, March 2013 in Izmir / Turkey

The conference will include a scientific program with keynotes, short presentations, poster sessions.

We will have a pre-conference program…


Posted by Johan Lambeck on September 8, 2012 at 6:27am

Need help with pool depth

My community is building a therapy pool!   They want to slope the floor  slightly.    My hospital pool does the same thing ranging from 3.5 to 4.5 feet.   It is not good for walkers, esp. those with SIJ dysfunction.    Can someone point me to an article that address the value of keeping the depth a constant 4' ?

Posted by Nancy A. Weinberg on September 3, 2012 at 6:19pm

Profound experience, Water relaxation treatment -spa, Aquatic body work in a natural water pool, heated to the body temperature, קסום וטבעי לטיפולי מים-בריאות זה בטבע Profound experience, Water relax…

Profound experience, Water relaxation treatment -spa, Aquatic body work in a natural water pool, heated to the body temperature, קסום וטבעי לטיפולי מים-בריאות זה בטבע Profound experience, Water relaxation treatment -spa, Aquatic body work in a natural water pool, heated to the body temperature, קסום וטבעי לטיפולי מים-בריאות זה בטבע שלנו…


Posted by Matilda Ben Shoham on September 1, 2012 at 3:03am

Watsu testimonial from a veteran

Veteran Josh says that Watsu is the first thing he has tried that has made a difference after just one session; noting that antidepressants for example can take up to one month to be effective.

This is a wonderful account that I hope will reach many other veterans. Please share.

Josh asks his colleagues to 'truly immerse yourself in [Watsu]'; notes that he slept like a baby the night after his session (no combat dreams); and finds that Watsu is helping him to trust others, as…


Posted by Sara Firman (Sulis) on August 14, 2012 at 12:00pm



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Pediatric Primer Knoxville Aug 20-21 New. Thu-Fri class
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Aquatic Speech Therapy Minneapolis, MN Oct 10-11 Next class in 2017
Medically Fragile Pittsburgh, PA Oct 17 This class is full!
Aquatic SI for the Lifespan Phoenix, AZ Oct 17-18 New Content
2-Wk General Studies Intensive Orlando, FL Oct 20-29
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Ortho-Neuro Survey Orlando, FL Oct 20-21
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Musculo Primer Orlando, FL Oct 22-23 Just added. Thu-Fri class
Geriatric Protocols Orlando, FL Oct 24-25 21 credits!
Elite Athlete Orlando, FL Oct 26-27 New. Mon-Tue class
Aquatic Sensory Integration Orlando, FL Oct 28-29 Just added. Wed-Thu class
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Geriatric Protocols Minneapolis, MN Nov 7-8 This class is full!
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Evidence-Based Pediatrics Minneapolis, MN Nov 14-15 Last peds class of 2015
Holland Mini-Intensive Amsterdam, NE Nov 27-30 New dates
Ortho/Neuro Survey New York Dec 4-5 NY Campus class
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Hong Kong Dec 4-8 New Partner
Sports Training & Rehab Conference Shanghai, CH Dec 12-15 Super-sized Elite Athlete


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Aquatic Therapy Command Center

International clearinghouse of information for the aquatic therapist, aquatics facility and pool patient.


Home of Aquatic Therapy University. Provides CEUs / trainings/ courses / continuing education for the physical therapy provider, occupational therapist, speech therapist, athletic trainer and others.


Answers questions such as: What is aquatic therapy for? What water therapy equipment should I buy? Where can I find a hydro pool or therapy pool? What is the difference between aquatic physiotherapy and hydrotherapy? Do I need special education or certification to perform aquatic therapy and rehabilitation?



Recent "The Aquatic Therapist" (Blog)

Get Five Years of Aquatic CE Training in One Sitting!

Many people want to pursue continuing education for professional enhancement in aquatics, but getting that training can be a long process. Long gaps between classes can leave you needing a refresher when you finally get back in the pool for...

Andrea Salzman Bringing Aquatic Therapy to WAHC in Oct

Have you ever wondered where to start with aquatic therapy? Getting in the pool can be a valuable resource for clinicians in a variety of disciplines, but it can be difficult to integrate a new program. Even for those with...

The World's Newest Aquaticists

Instructor Kiki Dickinson poses with Aquaticists℠ Elsa Nail and Maria Portela, and Aquaticist℠ Instructor Kara Morales. After completing their training this October, Elsa Nail, MSPT, and Maria Portela, PTA have received their Aquaticist℠ credential, and Kara Morales, MSPT, ATRIC, MAq,...

You could be sued under the ADA. Are you in compliance?

Did you know that the U.S. government is interested in who you refuse to treat in your therapy pool? In 2008, an individual in Texas complained that a physical therapy office refused to provide him aquatic therapy because he has...

Supervisor Kudos for ATU Intensives

Since our Knoxville 2-week intensive wrapped up a few weeks ago, we wanted to check back in with one of the students, Melodie Sherer, COTA, on how her studies with ATU helped her. "I want to tell you about my...


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For pediatric aquatic therapists/instructors who work with children on the autism spectrum. We will be sharing our coolest treatment ideas and creating a mock protocol for the infant, toddler, and school aged child demonstrating autism traits.
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