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CTW004a Aquatic Rehab for General Populations Certification
[FREE 30 min video session with MT, manual, 28 reference cards, DVD091(6 discs), study guide questions & case study, examination process (6 months to complete) , E-diploma and online profile when succe]
Ship Hard Copy Materials Fee:$425.00
One Time Streaming And Ship Hard Copy Price:$499.00

In order to gain the most out of this program, we highly recommend these Pre-Requisites:
1) To have completed 2 levels of WaterART Certification or equivalent 


2) working as an Allied Health Care Provider ( Registered Kin, Registered PT, RT, OT, AT or  PTA,) Only Registered Allied Health Care Providers may utilize the title Therapist.

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

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

Exercises  for initial mobility for recovery will be shown for regions of focus  such as: the Cervical, Thoracic and Lumbar areas of the spine, and the shoulder, hip , knee and ankle joint areas. These exercises will provide  the Instructor with a generic base of safe, adaptable movement to allow development of programs suitable to each client's personal needs. Programming people with a chronic condition may never advance beyond a certain stage “ however this does not mean they have not improved their quality of life. We will learn to work  on the ability not disability.

Pre-Requisite for this program: The program is available via onsite training and/or home study training. You will require an advanced understanding of anatomy, biomechanics, and exercise design so experience in the aquatic fitness industry is important. Two levels of Certified WaterART Certification or be a Allied Health Care Provider. 

Program Overview

  • Free 30 minute video/call session with WaterART Master Trainer ($30.00 value)

  • Comprehensive Manual (451 pages)

  • Intro To Post Rehabilition DVD091- part 1

  • Review of Anatomy DVD091- part 2

  • Beginner Mobility Exercise Program DVD091- part3 

  • Shallow Water Exercises for those New to  Exercise DVD091- part 4

  • Unloaded Water Exercises for those New to Exercise DVD- part 5

  • Equipment Toolbox DVD091- part 6

  • 28 Laminated Pool Program Reference Cards

  • DetailedReport card for Examination Proccess

  • Study Guide Questions & practical case studies

  • Comprehensive Examination process (theory, case studies and practical presenation of case study)

  • Detailed Report card for Examination Process

  • Online profile and Certification E-diploma when successful with examination process

  • Complimentary Upgrade of existing qualifications of all levels of WaterART Certification for 2 years from the passing date of this examination

  • (All WaterART Certifications have the same expiration date and require the same Certification Renewal standards every two years).

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/Post Natal and is an Aquatic Rehabilitation Specialist and Therapist. She joined our team of Master Trainersin 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 DVD's 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 coproduced over 93 DVDs through WaterART Fitness. She started in the Fitness industryover 35 years ago, with her "Fitness is Fun" program and approach for maintaining healthand wellness. She has delivered creative, dynamic and innovate programs forsenior 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 .

Intro To Post Rehabilitation Instructor - DVD091 part 1 This Tutorial DVD follows a powerpoint presentation to introduce the Instructor to the many aspects of Post Rehabilitation in the water. Topics include the wide variety of conditions thatcan 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 safewater 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 newto water exercise.( 31 minutes)

Intro To Anatomy DVD091- part 2 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 assistinstructors to chose safe movement for the condition being rehabbed in thewater. (62 minutes)

Beginner Mobility Program - DVD091 part 3 -A picture is worth a thousand words. Follow WaterART Master Trainers Jane Pomponio and Julie Twynham as they take you through aninventory of movement essential to safe water programming for postrehabilitation clients who are new to water, new to exercise or both.  All exercise movements are shown above andunderwater with subtitles and detailed commentary for effective video trainingreference. (56 minutes)

Shallow Water Exercises for those New to  Exercise - DVD091 part 4 Learn how to work oneon one with a post rehabilitation client in shallow water. This DVD illustrateshow to get the client into the water safely and comfortably. Once in, theinstructor and client work through an inventory of essential movement to trainfor function on land. This inventory includes safe and effective warm upmovement, specific strengthening and stretching exercises and ideas formodifications for the wide variety of conditions that clients bring to thewater. (68 minutes)

Unloaded Water Exercises for those New to Exercise DVD091 part 5 This DVD is designedto 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 offthe pool floor. All movement can be done suspended in shallow water or taken tothe deep end if the client has developed safe water skills. Exercises cover allcomponents of fitness and show how to train the client to handle buoyancy, using instructor assistance at first, then, working solo as they feelcomfortable.  The client can be trainedto use the resistance of water to assist travel as well as increasing resistance to add strengthening progressions as their condition improves. Thegoal is to provide balanced exercise that will provide benefits for their safereturn to land. (59 minutes)

Equipment Toolbox DVD091 part 6 Thereis a wide variety of equipment available for pool use, some floats while others sink.  Which will be safe and effectiveto help your client?   Take a look at the differences between buoyant and resistive equipment and the requirements forthe many general post rehabilitation conditions that may come to your pool.  Each exercise must be specific tothe condition and be both safe and effective. See suggestions for targeting the same exercise with different pieces of equipment to help with choice. (65minutes)

How to Complete the Theory Exam Process:
All Theory Examinations are take-home, open book, applied theory. Exam answers may be emailed in PDF or .doc files OR mailed to be marked. The exam process generally takes about 50-100+ hours to complete. Realize everyone learns andstudies differently so this is an estimate. All marking templates are in the back of the manual.


How to Complete the Practical  Exam Process:

The practical assessments must be completed via a mailed submission via DVD/USB stick of 1 weeks of any of the case study program cards(as written out in the case study). You may film in the program in your home orat a center. We recommend keeping your filming simple with yourself or oneother person (who is willing and not a real client).  To mark yourpractical assessment, we need to be able to see, hear and understand yourexercise goals and objectives so that we may review your technique for safety,efficacy and purpose. Also, the session should follow along what you havewritten out. For liability and virus reasons, WaterART will not  downloadvideo streaming files. You will have to mail the hard copy or ideally USB STICK(we recommend VLC format). Sharing exams and materials is strictly prohibitedfor both liability and copyright reasons.


Exam Deadlines
Any exams submitted after the 6 month period are subject to a $35.00 late fee plus applicable taxes per late exam submission or for each portion ofthe exam (theory or practical /case study). Please note that we do not accept exam submissions after 1 year from the initial training date.

Please note that programs for Post Rehabilitation may be safely facilitated in regular pool temperture pools (83-90 F) . WaterART recommends that people with high blood pressure or who have known cardiovascular diseases should not exercise in water temperatures above 90 Fahrenheit or the equivalent 32 Celsius or above.

PLEASE NOTE: The hard copy of the manual will be shipped as this is not available via live streaming due to copyright and liability issues. If you wish to get going right away with this Certification, there is live streaming options which will include: Exam, 6 DVDs, laminated pool reference cards and study guide questions & answers.

Table of Contents

Common Questions & Answers About WaterART Fitness



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

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