A perfect way to strengthen and rehabilitate from injuries.

Please check out our Gentle Strength classes for land-based functional strength & balance routines.

Aquatherapy at the Victoria Athletic Club

Aquatherapy can be beneficial for individuals managing arthritis, 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.

We have programs running at the Victoria Athletic Club at the Hotel Grand Pacific. Please see below for the different options and therapies.


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 the client’s needs and abilities.

Once the program has been delivered and finalized, the client will be able to choose to continue with private sessions, complete their program independently or join the small group sessions for a semi-independent experience.

Your private Kinesiology session at either location will allow you access to the facility before and after the class. This includes the hot tub, sauna and weight room.

Please contact Anna Marie for availability of private sessions.


These small group offerings 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 instructor. Each individual will have 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.

Session Information

Small Group Aquatherapy is offered on a 2-month basis and is limited to 7 participants per group.

An initial private assessment plus 1-3 private Aquatherapy sessions is a requirement for registration to ensure clients are semi-independent with their programming prior to entering this group.

Please contact us to book an initial assessment. Once your initial assessment and 1-3 private sessions to introduce your program have been completed, you can register for the class via our WellnessLiving partners. To register, click here, create an account or log into your current account, purchase the Aquatherapy option with the correct day/month (example Tuesdays Sept/Oct) and then book yourself into those classes.

2022 Schedule & Fees

Session 1:  January – February
Session 2:  March – April
Session 3:  May – June
Session 4:  July – August *note no classes first 2 weeks of July. See price below.
Session 5:  September – October
Session 6:  November – December

The cost for each 2 month session is $315*. (July/Aug 2022 $245)

If you are a member of the Victoria Athletic Club, the cost for this 2 month session is $234*. (July/Aug 2022 $182)

UPCOMING 2023 Schedule & Fees

Session 1:  January – February
Session 2:  March – April
Session 3:  May – June
Session 4:  July – August
Session 5:  September – October
Session 6:  November – December

1x/wk = $333 + GST
2x/wk = $630 + GST

Note: Discounted Rate for Athletic Club Members
1x/wk = $252 + GST
2x/wk = $468 + GST

Additional Information

  • Sessions take place at the Victoria Athletic Club in the Hotel Grand Pacific (463 Belleville Street)
  • Prices are pro-rated for clients joining part way through a session
  • Additional weekly Aquatherapy groups may be opened up pending demand

Victoria Athletic Club

The pool at the privately run Victoria Athletic Club, inside the beautiful Hotel Grand Pacific, is a bright, inviting 25-meter, shallow water pool, perfect for anyone who is not a strong swimmer or overly confident in the water. It is also a great location for those only needing a shallow water program such as to focus on lower body strength, balance and gait patterns.

The shallow water, private pool allows for a focus on walking along with the usual functional strengthening and stabilizing as per clients’ needs and goals.

Anna-Marie is present to instruct, correct, progress or alter programs as needed.

Fees at Victoria Athletic Club

Private Aquatherapy Sessions
Direct Pay $105*

Small Group Registration (2 months)
Members $234* (July/Aug 2022. $245)
Non-Members: $315* (July/Aug 2022. $182)

*All prices subject to 5% GST
**Contact us for ICBC private and group rates