Low weight-bearing environment to work on strength, gait, balance and mobility.

Aquatherapy at the Victoria Athletic Club

Aquatherapy is a great way to prepare for surgery or recover from injuries, falls, accidents and illnesses. Aquatherapy is beneficial for individuals managing arthritic, whiplash, inflammation, chronic pain, or difficulty weight bearing.

Water pressure and buoyancy can help reduce inflammation in joints, reduce the speed of pain signals, and reduce loads on joints in the legs and back. Movement can become easier with less load through the joints. Balance can be challenged safely and gait patterns can be corrected in the water. Water also provides gentle resistance in every direction of movement, so strength and stability are continually being challenged.

See different options and therapies below.


Private Sessions

A private 60-minute aquatherapy session is similar to a private Kinesiology session.

An initial assessment is required and a program will be developed from the information gathered. It then typically takes 2-4 private aquatherapy sessions after the initial assessment to perfectly tailor the program to your needs and abilities.

Once the program has been finalized, you can choose to continue with private sessions, to complete your program independently, or to join small group sessions for a semi-independent experience.

Private sessions at either location allows you to access the facilities before and after class — including the hot tub, sauna, and weight room.

Small Group Sessions

These small group offering are based on a two month registration period and are available on Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays at 9:30am at the Victoria Athletic Club.

The groups have a ratio of 4-6 clients to one intstructor. Each individual will ahve a personalized program created specifically for them based on their needs, abilities and goals and will complete their program semi-independently while in the group.

Anna-Marie de Zwager is present to coach, instruct, correct, progress or alter programs as needed. Additional instructors may be present as well to maintain a high quality student:instructor ratio. A private initial assessment is required prior to starting in the group to allow for the individualized program to be created. Please contact Anna-Marie for an appointment.

The Venue: Victoria Athletic Club

Located inside the beautiful Hotel Grand Pacific, the privately-run Victoria Athletic Club pool is a 25-meter shallow-water pool — inviting to anyone who is not a strong or confident swimmer.

It is equally perfect for those needing a shallow-water program to focus on lower body strength, balance, and gait patterns.

Our pool allows you to focus on walking and the usual functional strengthening and stabilizing exercises in order to meet your needs and goals.
Anna-Marie is available to coach or alter programs as needed.

2023 Schedule

Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays 9:30am


Session 1: January – February (Starts Jan 16)

Session 2: March – April

Session 3: May – June

Session 4: July – August

Session 5: September – October

Session 6: November – December