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 We appreciate all of your kind words and work towards a better program everyday.

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From: Mauro L [mailto:mxxxxx@gmail.com]
Sent: July-11-18 6:01 PM
Subject: Update & Thanks!!


Hi Julie and Joanne,

Just wanted to thank you again for such a great experienceduring the training & certification journey. Has been such a great positivelearning curve and your support in my case transitioning from Land to Water.Not to mention the confidence level and the full "Tool Box" ofexercises that I have received, with the most adaptable techniques. A lot of myparticipants are already noticing that, they are loving the exercises names!LoL Most of them are not fully getting the "Titanic" thing thou butthey laugh anyway...


On my 2nd week of teachings, 6 classes per week in 5locations. Participants have been spreading the positive feedback from lastweek start and this week so far 4 pools full capacity 50, 38 and 20 people!!That's exciting and wanted to share the good news and positive feedback aboutmy classes.

Thanks again. I look forward to seeing you in futurepractices and/or training.


Enjoy the rest of the nice summer!



Email Sent: December-07-17 10:20 PM
To: Drusilla
Subject: Re: WaterART report and diploma


Thank you so much for going through and evaluating my examand lesson plan in such a timely fashion. That was a huge surprise to me ! Iwill go through all comments again when I have some quiet time. As a former classroom teacher I appreciate the detailed comments.  


Many thanks, 

Anne-Marie M. from Alberta

Email Sent: May-02-16 6:36 PM

Subject: Thank you Lydia .Workshop April 30th and May 1st, 2016 Location Mt. Pleasant ,SC.

I would like to say thank you so much , I  enjoyed the workshop with Lydia Pontius on April 30th and May 1st,2016 in Mt. Pleasant SC. Lydia did outstanding job and provided a volume of  information  for Aquatics  Arthritis and Aquatics Sports Conditioning  workshop . She demonstrated her professionalism and outstanding facilitation. Lydia delivered all important information of this workshop it was interesting and exciting and very informative as she has a vast knowledge and life experience she so freely shared with us. I was very happy and thankful that you have people such as Lydia teaching and instructing water instructors. Lydia is a shining example of love for her profession and a credit for Water Art Fitness International Inc.

Very Respectfully , Lyubov Bergen

Congratulations Jan Nance, Certified Instructor from Atlanta, Georgia

Jan started into Water Exercise on a personal journey. When she realized the benefits and the enjoyment she gained  with the WaterART Programs, she signed up to learn more and become a Certified Instructor and Aquatic Personal Trainer. Consequently, not only has she  lost over 300 lbs, she has successfully helped many people who also have weight  and/or other medical issues. She recently helped a ex-professional basketball player rehabilitate with water exercise from a stroke that paralyzed his left side. Thanks Jan for sharing your commitment and  interest with WaterART. We are proud of your accomplishments and keep up the great work!


From: Maurya Tatler
Sent: June-30-15 12:00 PM
To: Judy Bjornson
Cc: info@waterart.org
Subject: WaterART Instructor Certification Course in North Vancouver.

I wanted to thank you for setting up such a great coursethis weekend. I was very impressed with the amount of knowledge we covered, the practical portions of the course were full of great ideas as well. I hope to meet with you in the near future as I begin to set up my exercise blueprints for the courses and clients I will be working with.

June-09-15 9:49 AM

To: info@waterart.org
Subject: Good article in today's local paper




Email Lydia Linton Pontius

(843) 814-4575 (mobile)

Certified WaterART Master Trainer see bio click here

For Email Correspondence scroll down

Sent: May-14-14 9:04 PM
To: info@waterart.org
Subject: Online Recertification Course


Hi Julie,

I was so impressed withyour online re-certification course for aquatic fitness. The DVD080 (4 DVDs) were comprehensive and very informative. I found that the exams were reflective ofthe material covered in the DVDs.

Any material that Imissed during my original certification course was covered in these DVDs and it provided a refresher of the original material that I learned. I have taken the practical components of these DVDs and I have applied them to my aquatic fitness classes. The participants were very impressed with the new exercises that I introduced to them.  For my next re-certification, I plan on taking the home study course again.


Thanks again,

Roslyn Caro, Vaughan, ON

From: Pradeep Ranchod [mailto:@gmail.com]
Sent: April-25-13 8:08 AM
To: info
Subject: Re: from WaterART Fitness - WP membership and home study certification options

Thanks Julie!

It is quite amazing to note how fast, informative and user friendly your website is - yesterday as soon as i got off the phone with Alicia, i noticed i had received emails pertaining to my order placed and shipping info.

Congrats to your team.

Thank you,


From: Linda McClintock

Date: September 10, 2013 10:26:55 PM EDT

To: Lucia Getsi

Subject: Re: your email


I really did get a lot out of your workshops.  You did a wonderful job and it certainly shows that water therapy is your passion and teaching is what you were born to do.  

        One of these days I will have to come to your Aqua Power Gym Class.  Have to admit that by the afternoon I am usually exhausted and don't have enough get up and go to workout (or I just forget).  

Thanks for your hard work and the great classes.  I am now trying to apply some of it, as several of my students have probably already told you--we did many new things in class yesterday, and they were just amazed at all the difference doing opposed lever movements made in their ability to work the water.



January 6th, 2012


From: Dawn Burke (Michigan) 

Emailed: Friday, January 06, 2012 10:30 AM

Just started reviewing the Shape Up & Water Train DVDs. They are excellent dvds with great new exercises. Kudos to you and your team!


Sept 17th, 2011 - Columbia, South Carolina

Barbara had accomplished so many levels of Certification.
           Barbara was always striving for excellence with her education.
           Then, we found out - her real story.

Barbara is an exemplary example of the how water exercise may change your
           life for the better. We hope you will be inspired to reach out to help others

Discover WaterART true potential. Thank you Barbara for your story!

Here is the link to more information

April 15, 2011


Aquatic therapy helps Iredell man walk again | Statesville Record & Landmark
           Dorie Shore, WaterART Master Trainer, has worked to help a man rehabilitate to walk from a serious accident.

Annapolis County council has unanimously approved a proposal that will allow the WaterART program to continue at the wellness facility in Cornwallis Park, it said in a media release March 24, 2010. Council was asked to consider renting the pool to accommodate this program in an effort to maintain the WaterART classes. This decision comes just one week after councilors unanimously approved a motion authorizing county staff to negotiate a contract with the Cornwallis Stingrays Swim Club, which would allow them access to the wellness centre for practice purposes

"These programs assist people with chronic disabilities and assists with pain management for individuals that live with chronic pain," said Annapolis County Warden Peter Newton. "We (council) recognize this fact and want to work closely with community organizations to ensure our residents are still able to participate in these programs and take advantage of the health benefits associated with each one of them."
           more details on  
WaterART program gets council go-ahead

Friday, March 05, 2010 5:06 PM

Subject: The Weekend of February 27 and 28



Hello Drucilla (note Drusilla) and Ruth,


Wow! It was an exciting, educational and get in shape weekend! I learned/reviewed many water exercises, I purchased some useful items,  and I benefited from the land work out and pool drills which got me ready for my Tennis match on Monday. Drucilla nice meeting you.


My thanks to the Drucilla/Ruth WaterArt Team.   Stay in touch.

 Lucia M. Hoffenberg



Date: March 9, 2010 6:48:48 PM EST
Ruth Fraley ( Master Trainer in Naples Florida) 
           Subject: Thank you!
            Hi Ruth -           
           I have received your comments on my completed exam. Thank you for such comprehensive and specific feedback. I especially appreciate the section on the first skill - being able to recover from falling. I blew right by that one - thought I knew the answer. The part about designing my program, each exercise with progression and modification - so important. ...also the one about backward walking - proprioception and balance....heck, it was all helpful.
           Now that I'm pretty comfortable with the class, I'm teaching I'm thinking more clearly and planning better.
           Speaking of the class, we're all having a good time! This opportunity to substitute has been wonderful and it's a good fit for me. I spoke with Robert today, and he's beginning to want to get back to the water, hopefully he'll be back in the saddle by the summertime.
           I just had a proposal accepted to teach a water class through the new Adirondack Folk School in Lake Luzerne this summer. I'll keep you posted on how it goes - should be interesting doing a class in the lake! Got any tips to share about that type of setting?
           Again, thank you. I look forward to doing more training and developing my skills as an instructor.
           Nancy  (newly Certified Instructor) in Saratoga, FL

From: Michele Purdy
           Sent: March 6, 2010 8:04 AM
To :WaterART
           Subject: Enquiry from WaterArt Fitness International Inc
           Dear Julie and Staff,
 Just wanted to thank you for the wonderful, as always, amazing customer service this past week. I ordered some Speedo shoes and a bathing suit and received them both yesterday morning. I absolutely love them both! 

           The Speedo bathing suit fits wonderfully and is so comfortable. (What???? A bathing suit that is comfortable, how can this be?) I chuckled, recalling all the years of buying bathing suits and trying to find THE perfect suit. You know the one......it must make certain areas look smaller, others bigger, cinch in the waist and make my legs elegantly long. I actually bought one of these from Land's End. It looks OK, but the getting into it and then getting out (especially when wet)....all I can say is that giving birth was easier! 

           When I put the Speedo on, all I felt was comfort and the other criteria didn't even enter my mind (but I think I look pretty good in it as well). So once again thanks to all of you (and Tammy, the magenta colour is lovely!) Regards, Michele Purdy          


Feb 10, 2010


Dear Julie,

I purchased the WaterArt Video: Shallow And Deep, Teaching A Combo Class at a recent workshop that I attended, and so impressed with this video. It is exactly what I was looking for, to give me the confidence to teach my participants in both depths of water, and the ability to adjust and mix moves that will keep them motivated.

Thank you so much for producing excellent instructional videos to keep instructors up-to-date and well educated.

Karen Chow

Aquafit Instructor,Scarborough, Ontario

To: WaterART Subject: Re: from Julie at WaterART

Hello Julie,

Thank you for getting back to me. The receipt is fine. I am looking forward to receiving and trying out the buoyancy belt - I have new WaterART class starting April 5...deep water and high intensity cardio.

During the last three weeks partcipation in my WaterART Arthritis class has increased to 28 people....a little too big really...so we may be splitting it up into two classes. This would mean a total of 12 WaterART classes per week !!! WOW. It's growing by leaps and bounds and everybody loves it. Long-time participants have seen huge improvements in their ROM, strength, endurance etc. Word of mouth is doing wonders !

I am also doing a fair amount of Rehab therapy and seeing some remarkable results with clients. Fantastic...which is why I continue to advertise the benefits of WaterART.

You will not be able to reach Monica at the Lifeplex as she is no longer on staff nor is she working anywhere else at this time (to the best of my knowledge).

I am desperately trying to find 4-5 aquatic exercise steppers. Since you informated me that Speedo no longer makes these steppers I've surfed and surfed and surfed the net -without success, trying to find them. If you know of anybody who might have some I would be delighted to make contact - even used steppers would be great as long as they are in good condition. I tried to put a message on the WaterART bulletin board but I=2 0keep getting rejected. I'll keep trying.

Thank you kindly Julie.

Best regards, Valerie

Sent: February 2, 2009 3:17 PM
           To: WaterART 
           Subject: Personal training cert

Dear Julie,
           Thank you for another great weekend! It was intese and you have once again helped me on my pathway to become a better Water Fitness Proffesional. I emailed Pam Bennett to thank her and her staff today and mentioned how great you were! I just got in from teaching 4 classes today and my new shirt was a big hit!
           I forgot to tell you yesterday when we were in the water; I noticed that the zipper on the back of your full body "muscle" suit needed some work. There are threads coming off down the zipper and the tail of the zipper isn't sewn in. I am a costumer so I notice these things. I will finish putting together my program cards and send in my exam this week.
           Thanks again Julie it was an awesome weekend.
           Anne Marie Waterhouse

Sent: December 3, 2008 9:24 AM
           To: WaterART 
           Subject: thanks
           I was in a rush to leave on Sunday so I did not have time to thank Julie for an excellent workshop. I learned some new moves and had a chance to practice them and Yes! I had FUN! Handouts were good. I like the photo demos on the back of the noodle workout.
           As leaders in the Aquafit industry we should be modelling water consumption. Only 3 water bottles for a group of 15. Shame!! We are reminded to bring our water bottles to class.
           I am pleased with my purchase of the closed cell noodles and will be sharing them with my participants in the hope that they can pressure my pool into purchasing some.
           Again many thanks to Julie for a wonderful day.
           Gerarda Schouten

Sent: November 30, 2008 3:27 PM
To: Julie Twynham
           Subject: Thank you
           HI Julie
           Just want to thank you for coming down and doing a fabulous job. I believe that it was well received and that everybody was able to take something from it and use it at their facility.
           I hope you enjoyed our facility and found it accommodating. Also hope that you had a safe trip back to Toronto.
           We will have to definitely do this again in the future.
           Thanks again,
           Penny  DuMouchelle
           Windsor Family Fitness

           From: Kim Enskat [mailto:Kim.Enskat@YMCAstpaul.org]
           Sent: July 22, 2009 7:51 PM
           To: WaterART
           Subject: Thanks from Minnesota
           Hi Julie,
           Had a "TOTALLY AWESOME" time training with you over the weekend. Thanks for all of your help.
           Kim C. Enskat
           Aquatic Lead Staff
           Midway Family YMCA
           1761 University Ave.
           St.Paul, MN 55104
           (651) 644-4692
           Sent: March 19, 2009 5:33 PMSubject: RE: WaterART Fitness - February is Love Your Feet Sale!
           Feb. 14, 2009
           Hello Julie,
           I love getting these news updates with scroll-down course options, how-to-Re-Cert. advice!
           Also, fact that you get CEC with your Video and Quizzes is absolutelly great, supportive of your instructors you have trainer (and realistic for today's modern professional)!
           I am thinking about the Rehab. Cert. course in Hamilton...Will see!
           Taking the WateArt Cert. has been such a good use of my time and money: there is work, even in smaller Can. communities. If you are unique and enthusiastic, plus-research-based in your instructions, your clients 'flock' to your classes!
           Goodness, I feel honoured by the response I have been getting to most of my classes, and I have done this rather a short time. I guess the Nursing/Health background helps a lot! Also, from a personal fitness perspective, having come to "love the water, without fear" is just great, period; a true gift for me!
           Take Care! Hope to see you at some seminar soon.
           Claudia M. Eyre RN, BScN
           WaterArt Certified Instructor
           Personal Training Specialist Can-Fit-ProMarch 24, 2010  -- WaterART Program Gets Council Go -AheadSent: May 24, 2010 6:55 PM
           To: Julie Twynham
           Subject: workshop praise!
           RE: Julie Scratch workshop in Olympium, WA
           From Nancy O'Neil
           Let me begin with "thank you" for an outstanding training this past weekend. One of my favorite trainings ever! You have inspired me to become re-certified to teach water classes. As I mentioned, I stopped teaching several years ago when my life became so full and I needed to focus on my family and work. However;as life is constantly changing, once again I have the time to do something a truly enjoy. I'm taking the plunge and I'm hooked on WaterArt Exercise with Purpose. I can't wait to take that message into my classes.
           Again, thank you and I look forward to our next meeting.


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