Rehabilitation Certification for General Populations (all inclusive fee)


CTW004a, Manual, 28 Laminated cards, Video091 (6 parts).

Comprehensive exam process (6 months to complete theory & case study practical).

SKU: CTW004a Category:


This Aquatic Rehabilitation for General Populations is designed to give a comprehensive overview of exercises suitable for a  general population recovering from injury,  replacement surgery, and other debilitating conditions that prevent them from enjoying full mobility with daily living. In other words, this program is for less fit population as compared to WaterART’s Aquatic Rehabilitation Athletic Populations.

The learning objective is to understand anatomy, safe joint range, muscle action and overall fitness levels requirements to be able to design and oversee safe exercise programs that will help each person return, as close as possible to, or improve upon, their previous levels of mobility.      

The goal is to provide overall mobility for recovery and function for activities of daily living. Therefore the regions of focus will cover suggested exercises for : the Cervical Thoracic and Lumbar areas of the spine, and the shoulder, hip , knee and ankle joint areas. Other exercises include suggestions for clients requiring CVA or post stroke rehab which can also be used for most movement disorders. These exercises will provide  the Instructor with a generic base of safe, adaptable movement that can be combined to create programs suitable to each client’s personal needs. Some people with a chronic condition may never advance beyond a certain stage for recovery  however this does not mean they have not improved their quality of life. We train to work  on the ability not disability.

SKU:  CTW004a


In order to gain the most out of this program and become successful, the following  is highly recommended:

  1. To have completed at least 2 levels of WaterART Certification or equivalent
  2. Unless candidate holds one of the  following certifications: Registered Kin, Registered PT, RT, OT, AT or PTA.

Please note that only Registered Allied Health Care Providers may utilize the term Therapist or Aquatic Therapist when they are Certified and qualified. Other professional must work in the post rehabilitation field to stay within their scope of practice.

Course materials

  • H2O Post Rehabilitation Instructor Manual for General Populations (430 pages)
  • Study Guide Questions & Practical Case Study reviews
  • 28 Laminated poolside reference cards
  • Video streaming via WaterART Fitness App unlimited for Members  (6 months for non members) OR  Vimeo  for computers OR DVDs of the following videos:
  • Comprehensive Certification Exam Process (theory & practical assessment)
  • Online profile and Certification E-diploma when successful with examination process
    We offer three Styles of Video streaming and viewing
    a ) What is a Workout Video is a start to finish follow- a- long program. Learn a template for total body benefits from start to finish. A great way to learn flow and fast track your lesson planning skills.
    b)What is a Tutorial Video – A tutorial is a video-guided PowerPoint presentation with a Certified WaterART Master Trainer which reviews all the classroom sessions and information that instructors would typically receive if attending an on-site training event. Video tutorials are an excellent investment as they can be reviewed several times, especially if the information is new and somewhat overwhelming. We highly recommend our guided tutorials to those who are not familiar with exercise science.
    c) Educational Videos offer a a multitude of exercise inventory and ideas. Often in a program you can’t teach or train every exercise variation, modification or progression;  however, we give you “lots” of ideas to add variety and progression to your skill set. Having more ideas to plan a program and/or work with a client are the cornerstones of efficacy.

Table of Contents & Learning Objectives

Chapter 1 Introduction
Chapter 2 Bones, Joint & Muscle Structure
Chapter 3 Anatomy and Function
Chapter 4 WaterART System of Exercise Design
Chapter 5 Tools of Aquatic Rehabilitation Design
Chapter 6 Starting Point for General Populations
Chapter 7 Exercise Inventory
Chapter 8 Common Cervical Conditions
Chapter 9 Common Shoulder Conditions
Chapter 10 Common Thoracic and Lumbar Spine Conditions
Chapter 11 Common Hip Conditions
Chapter 12 Common Knee Conditions
Chapter 13 Common Ankle Conditions
Chapter 14 Cerebrovascular Accident (CVA) or Stroke
Chapter 15 Motor Vehicle Accident Injuries
Chapter 16 Rehabilitation Assessments
Chapter 17 Intake Forms
Grading Exercise Buoyancy Tables
Study Guide Answers & Appendix
Student Handouts
Examination Process – How to complete Theory & Practical Case Study

Video Programs

  • Intro To Post Rehabilitation Instructor – DVD091 part 1 (30 minutes)

This Tutorial video follows a power point presentation to introduce the Instructor to the many aspects of Post Rehabilitation in the water. Topics include the wide variety of conditions that can be helped in the water. The need to work on mobility and function to bring each client back as close as possible to former strengths. Suggestions for safe water entry and many practical comments to train water skills will help the instructor create an effective program suited to each client’s ability. This program will review an essential checklist for programming people  with many functional limitations who are new to water exercise.

  • Intro To Anatomy DVD091 part 2 (66 minutes)

Having a good general knowledge of all joint and muscle action is an essential part of Post Rehabilitation programming. This Tutorial DVD power point presentation guided by Leigh de Groot Doctor of Physiotherapy  gives professionals a complete overview of all joint biomechanics and the muscle action required to move through a safe range of motion. Each major muscle group is examined in detail for location, strengths and weaknesses. A wide variety of exercises are shown to assist instructors to chose safe movement for the condition being rehabbed in the water.

  • Beginner Mobility Program DVD091 part 3 (56 minutes)

A picture is worth a thousand words. Follow WaterART Master Trainers Jane Pomponio and Julie Twynham as they take you through an inventory of movement essential to safe water programming for post rehabilitation clients who are new to water, new to exercise or both.  All exercise movements are shown above and underwater with subtitles and detailed commentary for effective video training reference.

  • Shallow Water Exercises for those New to  Exercise DVD091 part 4 (68 minutes)

Learn how to work one on one with a post rehabilitation client in shallow water. This video program illustrates how to get the client into the water safely and comfortably. Once in, the instructor and client work through an inventory of essential movement to train for function on land. This inventory includes safe and effective warm up movement, specific strengthening and stretching exercises and ideas for modifications for the wide variety of conditions that clients bring to the water.

Unloaded Water Exercises for those New to Exercise DVD091 part 5 (59 minutes)

This DVD is designed to help clients who need to begin their post rehabilitation without any loaded stress on their joints. The client is fitted with a belt to keep the feet off the pool floor. All movement can be done suspended in shallow water or taken to the deep end if the client has developed safe water skills. Exercises cover all components of fitness and show how to train the client to handle buoyancy, using instructor assistance at first, then, working solo as they feel comfortable.  The client can be trained to use the resistance of water to assist travel as well as increasing resistance to add strengthening progressions as their condition improves. The goal is to provide balanced exercise that will provide benefits for their safe return to land.

  • Equipment Toolbox DVD091 part 6 (23 minutes)

There is a wide variety of equipment available for pool use, some floats while others sink.  Which will be safe and effective to help your client?   Take a look at the differences between buoyant and resistive equipment and the requirements for the many general post rehabilitation conditions that may come to your pool.  Each exercise must be specific to the condition and be both safe and effective. See suggestions for targeting the same exercise with different pieces of equipment to help with choice.

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Contributing Authors

Leigh de Groot, B.Sc, DPT is a Doctor of Physiotherapy licensed in both Ontario and the State of New York. She has been involved in aquatics in varying capacities since 2002 years including Lifeguarding, teaching swimming lessons and teaching Red Cross First Aid and CPR courses. She has been a WaterART Instructor since 2007 and is certified in Arthritis, Seniors, Pre and Post Natal and is an Aquatic Rehabilitation Specialist and Therapist. She joined our team of Master Trainers in 2013 and brings to the table a unique combination of her love for aquatics as well as a passion for helping people of all ages live their best lives possible through exercise and rehabilitation.

Julie Twynham,is the Educational Director and Creator of WaterART Fitness International. Her strong academic background from the University of Waterloo, in Human Kinetics, combined with her dance and coaching background provide her with strong technical and creative skills. Currently,she is Certified through The Aquatic Exercise Association (AEA) and American Council on Exercise(ACE). Her background also includes high performance and cardiac rehabilitation exercise testing and at the Toronto Fitness Institutes as well as designing their Personal Trainer Exercise Inventory (land and water) and Better Back Programs. She developed and facilitated instructor training programs for both land and water. Through, Body Check Inc.,(established in 1985) she has developed over 97 Educational DVDs for both land and water modalities. She developed and ran the Speedo Aquatic Fitness System in Canada (1993-2000) and has worked throughout the world helping consumers and fitness professionals learn about exercise design. As a veteran of the fitness industry for over 30 years, she has presented for many world organizations, community centers and clubs throughout Canada, United States, Europe, Hong Kong, Singapore, U.K. and South Africa including: World IDEA, Aquatic Exercise Association, Ontario Fitness Council, Atlanta Aqua Society, European Aquatic Fitness Conference,Canadian Aerobic Instructors Network, University of Waterloo, York University, Washington State University, Michigan State University, Manitoba Fitness Leaders, Alberta Fitness Leadership Certification Association, Ontario Fitness Council, to name a few.

Drusilla Leitch, is the Certification Director and a Master Trainer for the WaterART Fitness Training Programs.She is the co-author of the WaterART Seniors, Tai Chi, Mind Body, Rehabilitation, Instructor, Shape Up and Arthritis Manuals for Land and Water. She has developed and co-produced over 93 DVDs through WaterART Fitness. She started in the Fitness industry over 35 years ago, with her “Fitness is Fun” program and approach for maintaining healthand wellness. She has delivered creative, dynamic and innovate programs for senior fitness as well as regular group exercise programming for both on landand water.She was the recipient of the Ontario Fitness Council Leadership Award and former presenterof an Active Living Program for the Elder Hostel Association in Ontario. She regular teaches classes and provides post rehabilitation services for seniors at Vanastra Recreation Centre.

Additional information

Weight 2.2 kg
Dimensions 36 × 31 × 9 cm
Video Option

App Video Streaming, Extra Charge: Hard Copy DVDs, Vimeo Video viewing for any device

DVD Access

DVD091-A, DVD091-B, DVD091-C, DVD091-D, DVD091-E, DVD091-F, DVD160, DVD164, DVD165