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. An annual administration fee of $15 will be applied to the participant’s first term of fees.

Locations & Times

Please note, classes can be joined at any time. If classes below are listed full, you can place your name on a waiting list.

Classes are held at:-

Canterbury – Canterbury Hospital
Monday 12pm – full (women only class)
Wednesday 1:30pm – 2 vacancies
Ryde – Ryde Royal Rehab
Tuesday 4:00pm –  full/ Tuesday 5:00pm – 12 vacancies
Saturday: 10am – 1 vacancy
Potts Point – St Luke’s Hospital
Wednesday 12:30pm – full
Saturday 9am – full / Saturday 10am – full
Lane Cove – Lane Cove Physiotherapy
Tuesday 1:30pm – full
Wednesday 12:30pm – 3 vacancies
Thursday 5pm – full
Epping – Karonga School
Saturday 8am – full
Castle Hill – Mowll Anglican Retirement Village
Monday 1:30pm – full
Tuesday 1:30pm – full / 2:30pm – 3 vacancies
Thursday 1:30pm – 3 vacancies / 2:30pm – 4 vacancies
Wollongong – Wollongong Physical Therapy
Monday 10am – 9 vacancies
Friday 10am – 9 vacancies
Note: Wollongong classes open to AONSW Members only; $12 per class, payable on a per term basis.


No class in your area? if you would like us to start a class in your area, source a pool that is heated to a minimum of 32 degrees and give us a call on 02 9857 3300. We look forward to hearing from you!

As at 31 July 2019

To enrol

Please find the class you are interested in joining and fill-out the online form. You will  receive an email confirmation that will include the forms that you are required to complete for enrollment. 

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