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1200 – Intro to Aquatic Therapy and Rehab

Beginner / Full-Day Workshop

 2020 National Aquatic Therapy Conference Dates

Wednesday, February 12 – Washington, DC

Thursday, April 23 – Chicago, IL

Tuesday, June 23 – Sanibel FL (International Aquatic Therapy Symposium)

Thursday, November 12 – Chicago, IL

 Washington, DC / Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2020 – 7:30 am-5:00 pm – 8.0 credit hours

Classroom: 7:30-9:30 am

Indoor Pool: 9:30 am-12:30 pm

Lunch on own: 12:30-1:30 pm

Classroom: 1:30-5:00 pm

 Chicago, IL / Thursday, April 23, 2020 – 7:30 am-5:00 pm – 8.0 credit hours

Classroom: 7:30-9:30 am

Indoor Pool: 9:30 am-12:30 pm

Lunch on own: 12:30-1:30 pm

Classroom: 1:30-5:00 pm

Sanibel, FL / Tuesday, June 23, 2020 – 7:30 am-4:15 pm – 7.5 credit hours

Classroom: 7:30-9:15 am

Pool: 9:30 am-12:00 pm

Lunch on own: 12:00-1:00 pm

Classroom: 1:00-4:15 pm

Chicago, IL / Thursday, November 12, 2020 – 7:30 am-5:00 pm – 8.0 credit hours

Classroom: 7:30-9:30 am

Indoor Pool: 9:30 am-12:30 pm

Lunch on own: 12:30-1:30 pm

Classroom: 1:30-5:00 pm

2020 Spring Professional Days

Albuquerque, NM / Saturday, March 7, 2020 – 8:00 am-5:00 pm – 8.0 credit hours

Classroom: 8:00-10:00 am

Indoor Pool: 10:00 am-12:00 pm

Lunch on own – 12:00-1:00 pm

Indoor Pool: 1:00-3:00 pm

Classroom: 3:00-5:00 pm

Green Bay, WI / Sunday, March 15 – 8:00 am-3:30 pm – 7.0 credit hours

Classroom: 8:00-10:00 am

Indoor Pool: 10:00 am-1:00 pm

Lunch on own – 1:00-1:30 pm

Classroom: 1:30-3:30 pm

Faculty: Ruth Sova, MS, ATRIC


“Intro” is an informative full-day workshop for those health professionals who would like to expand skills into aquatic therapy and rehab, review for the ATRI certification, or see what changes have occurred in the field.

Aquatic therapy and rehabilitation is a growing market and provides an excellent service to clients.  “Intro” offers the most current essential information you need to get confident in the concepts, compare the efficacy and outcomes to land-based therapy, try several popular aquatic therapy protocols during the in-pool lab, and access resources for more in-depth knowledge.

Aquatic Principles: The seminar will include basic aquatic principles including buoyancy, resistance, and hydrostatic pressure, and how those principles change the biomechanics of movement patterns.  Participants will experience how the principles affect balance, stabilization and mobility, and how to use laminar flow, turbulence, and positional variations to improve the client’s benefits.  Some terminology is reviewed.

Outcomes: Aquatic therapy is shown to improve function in certain clients more rapidly than traditional therapies.  A review of outcomes (who aquatic rehab works for, indications and contraindications, what diagnoses it helps, why it’s helpful, and when to use it) and the concepts of aquatic therapy protocols are discussed.

Techniques: We will determine the concepts and methodology of popular aquatic therapy and rehabilitation techniques, patient populations that these modalities can work for, and discuss competency and where to learn more about each.

Specialized Clientele: Participants will determine which techniques are safe and appropriate for which specialized clientele. Specific aquatic therapeutic interventions for older adults, the obese, children, people with arthritis, fibromyalgia, back pain, knee pain, diabetes, CAD, asthma and COPD, cerebral palsy, hearing and vision impairments, CVA, hip replacements, DD, GI track problems, Parkinson’s, MS, osteoporosis, shoulder problems, prenatal women, and athletes are discussed.

Pool Lab: Finally, this presentation will allow participants to experiment with the basic concepts of Ai Chi, Ai Chi Ne, Bad Ragaz, AquaStretchTM, PNF, Halliwick, UCT, the Burdenko Method, BackHab, and Watsu® in the pool.


  1. Participants will be introduced to basic hydrodynamic principles and their beneficial effects on clients.
  2. Participants will experience several major aquatic protocols.
  3. Participants will compare very different aquatic protocol concepts.
  4. Participants will match their client situations with one or two aquatic protocols.
  5. Participants will analyze modifications and precautions, indications and contraindications of each aquatic technique with each client need.
  6. Participants will access aquatic therapy and rehabilitation resources.
  7. Participants will examine and apply aquatic therapy equipment to sample patients.

FACULTY: Ruth Sova, MS, ATRIC, founder/president of ATRI, is an internationally known speaker, author and consultant. She is the founder of six different businesses including the Aquatic Therapy & Rehab Institute, the Aquatic Exercise Association, Living Right Magazine, America’s Certification Trainers, Armchair Aerobics Inc., and the Fitness Firm. A leader in the health and wellness industry, she also draws on her vast experience as an entrepreneur to teach others what it takes to assume the risk of business and enterprise. Ruth is the author of numerous articles and 15 books on her specialties of wellness and business. She is the recipient of numerous awards including the Sevier-McCahill Disability International Foundation Award; and the John Williams, Jr. International Swimming Hall of Fame Adapted Aquatics Award. Known for her high energy and practical teaching approaches, Ruth has brought thousands of people over the years to understand the benefits of water exercise.