2804 – Therapeutic Aquatic Assessment Specialty Certificate Program

Intermediate / Pool Workshop / 3-Day Program

15.0 credit hours equal to 15.0 CECs/1.5 CEUs


Recorded Course Time Break Down as Follows:

Day 1: Classroom: 1 hour / Pool: 3 hours / Classroom: 1.5 hours

Day 2: Pool: 1.5 hours / Classroom: 2 hours / Classroom: 2.25 hours / Pool: 1.25 hours

Day 3: Classroom: 1 hour / Pool: 1.75 hours



This Specialty Certificate focuses on design and implementation of in-water assessments for use in therapeutic aquatics. Background and use of WOTA 1 & 2 – a comprehensive, valid and reliable assessment tool deployed around the world in leading aquatic therapy institutions for ongoing assessment of mental adjustment and function in the water and goal setting for future treatment, the Ball State Water Run, and underwater balance beam will be taught. Design of task-specific assessment instruments is included, particularly identifying a task, establishing a baseline, maintaining constants, and administering the assessment, along with application, record keeping, goal setting and ongoing reporting to HMOs. How to measure progress is included. Correlation with land assessments will be considered. This Specialty Certificate is for anyone wishing to develop and implement in-water protocols for assessing a variety of motor skills, as well as functional behaviors.


Tirosh and colleagues (2008) have, rather than investigating a single assessment task, developed a battery of tasks to measure functional in-water mobility. Using skills from the Halliwick method, Tirosh developed the Aquatic Evaluation Forms (2010), now used as standard practice not only in Israel, but also in Europe. This assessment protocol is extremely important, as it is first, research validated. Second, this protocol can be used with individuals who are not capable of following directions, as well as more competent individuals.



1)   Receive the official WOTA assessment toolkit.

2)   Receive a resource of additional formal and informal assessments for in-water implementation.

3)   Set treatment goals according to WOTA results.

4)   Explore land-water correlations between four different land assessments.

5)   Examine a process for designing in-water assessments for tasks specific to client needs.

6)   Develop a process for maintaining integrity of the assessment and record keeping process.

7)   Examine how research-based assessments are developed.

8)   Participate in sharing experiences of how professionals are currently employing in-water assessments.


FACULTY:  Susan J. Grosse, MS, currently president of Aquatic Consulting & Education Resources, has over 40 years experience in aquatics as a teacher, as well as in a variety of leadership roles at the local, national, and international levels. She is past president of the American Association for Active Lifestyles and Fitness and past chair of the Aquatic Council of AAHPERD. Her publications include work in adapted aquatics, lifeguarding, instructional swim, water exercise, posttraumatic stress disorder, crisis management, contagion, and program administration. She received the ATRI Tsunami Spirit Award in 2006 and the International Swimming Hall of Fame John K. Williams Award in 2009.


Ruthy Tirosh, MSc, is one of the pioneers of hydrotherapy in Israel. She has been head of the Aquatic Therapy Department at Alyn Hospital, Pediatric and Adolescent Rehabilitation Center in Jerusalem, Israel, since 1998. She was a founding member of the Israel Hydrotherapy Association, and served on its Board of Directors 2002- 2007. Tirosh is one of the main promoters of professional water assessments. She initiated, tested and validated the WOTA assessment tests that are used around the world to assess function in water and set treatment goals for people with special needs. She is a frequent speaker at international conferences and aquatic therapy courses.