Advanced Aquatic Courses 2018

The opportunity to participate in the APA Aquatic Physiotherapy Levels 1, 2 and 3 courses doesn’t come along every year.

These courses help physiotherapists broaden their understanding of movement in water and develop advanced skills in screening, physiology and clinical reasoning. In 2018, you have the opportunity to complete all three Aquatic Physiotherapy and take your knowledge to the next level.


Aquatic Physiotherapy Level 1

Aquatic Physiotherapy Level 1 course (or equivalent similar foundation course in aquatic therapy) is a prerequisite for Level 2 and Level 3 courses. The following Level 1 courses offer foundation skills in understanding the environment, exercise prescription, manual techniques and evidence based practice are offered in the first few months of 2018, allowing you to complete all three levels in just one year.

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QLD, Herston - 3-4 March 2018

VIC, Heidelberg West - 3-4 March 2018

SA, Bedford Park - 24-25 March 2018

WA, Perth -28-29 April 2018

Other level 1 courses are available throughout the year.

Aquatic Physiotherapy Level 2: May - July 2018

These three online units represent a higher level of aquatic physiotherapy practice for those interested in extending their knowledge and skills. Each unit represents approximately eight hours of work and involves readings, webchats and an assignment with feedback.

All the material is available for download onlineimpro, with set times scheduled for participants to contribute to webchats.

Applied Physics (Unit A) looks at the physics of the aquatic environment—with a particular focus on buoyancy and drag—and how understanding these in more detail ensures physiotherapists prescribe the most appropriate and effective exercises.

Applied Physiology (Unit B) looks closely at pain, cardiovascular exercise and screening.

Clinical Reasoning (Unit C) explores how physiotherapists can be more critical and effective in how they measure and plan aquatic physiotherapy interventions.

Special price offer is available for all level 2 units when purchased as a bundle before 07 May 2018

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Aquatic Physiotherapy Level 3: August – October 2018

Aquatic Physiotherapy Level 3 represents the pinnacle of teaching. It is the best option for senior physiotherapists managing aquatic physiotherapy services, both in the public and private sector, as well as those managing people with complex conditions in aquatic rehabilitation.

The course explores a wide range of conditions, looking at complex client management, evidence-based practice, leadership, service delivery, risk management and quality improvement in clinical practice. It includes two online learning components as well as an intensive 10-days program. The in-house lectures and practical sessions are conducted at the state-of-the-art hydrotherapy pool at Austin Health in Melbourne.

The course provides the skills necessary for advanced clinical practice and career progression to the peak of aquatic physiotherapy. Many participants have also published research following the completion of the course.

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Course information booklet


Free downloadable resources