Warm Water Exercise Classes

Did you know that warm water exercise classes are ideal for people with arthritis and related conditions?

We offer a number of warm water exercises classes throughout New South Wales, giving you the opportunity to exercise with guidance from a trained instructor, in a friendly and social environment. Participants also receive weekly Education Bites via email, designed to complement and reinforce the warm water exercises.

Why should you get involved in warm water exercise?

  • To keep you moving
  • To improve your coordination and endurance
  • To ease stiff joints and relax sore muscles
  • To help you feel better

Benefits of Warm Water Exercise

Exercising in warm water is one of the most comfortable and effective ways that a person with arthritis can exercise. The buoyancy of the water supports the body, taking the weight off inflamed and painful joints. The warmth of the water helps tight joints to loosen up and relax, easing soreness and soothing any pain.

The role of the water in your exercise class is two-fold: not only does it soothe and support your body, it also offers resistance to your movements, acting  somewhat like a weight to help strengthen your muscles while you exercise.

Download printer friendly information sheet about the benefits of Water Exercise

Our Warm Water Exercise Classes

We currently offer our warm water exercise classes at locations across metropolitan Sydney and in Wollongong, with plans to expand the program throughout NSW.

Unlike standard water-aerobic exercise classes, our program has been developed specifically for people affected by arthritis. All classes are lead by trained health professionals, with the minimum qualification being a Fitness Certificate IV covering hydrotherapy. A number of classes are run by physiotherapists and are eligible for health fund claim receipts.

Classes are held during the NSW Department of Education school term, each program typically running for 9 or 10 weeks. Each class is 45 minutes long.

Our exercise classes are designed for small groups. Everyone in the class follows the same routine, but your leader will show you how to adjust the exercise to fit your personal needs, such as varying the pressure you exert on the water.

Download a printable PDF document about our classes here: Warm Water Exercise Class Information

Class prices

For AONSW Members, the price is $15 per class, and for non-members, the price is $20 per class. Payment is on a per-term basis, and varies depending on the number of classes to be held in any particular term.


Locations & Times for Term 4 2018

Expressions of interest (EOI) are now being taken to join our Term 4 classes, starting the week commencing Monday 15th October 2018.

Classes are held at:-

CAMPSIE: Canterbury Hospital, Canterbury Road
CASTLE HILL: Anglican Retirement Village (Mowll Village), Gough Drive
EPPING: Karonga School, Dent Street
LANE COVE: Lane Cove Physiotherapy, Longueville Road
POTTS POINT:  St Lukes Hospital, Roslyn Place
RYDE / PUTNEY:  Royal Rehab, Morrison Road
WOLLONGONG: Physical Therapy, 60 Rosemont Street

Note: Wollongong classes open to AONSW Members only; $12 per class, payable on a per term basis.


To enrol

Please find the class you are interested in joining and fill-out the online form. This will automatically add your name to our reserve list for that class. You will then be taken to a page with all the documentation you need to complete your application. You will also receive an email with this information.

Alternatively, you can register your interest by calling us on 02 9857 3300 or email  gentleexercise@arthritisnsw.org.au