Warm Water Exercise Classes

What is 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.

How can it help me?
  • Keep you moving
  • Improve your coordination and endurance
  • Ease stiff joints and relax sore muscles
  • Help you feel better
Our warm water exercise classes

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. Our classes:

  • give you the opportunity to exercise with guidance from a trained instructor, in a friendly and social environment
  • are designed for small groups
  • participants follow 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.

$15 per class

Payment is on a per-term basis, and varies depending on the number of classes to be held in any particular term.


Each class is 45 minutes long and classes are held during the NSW Department of Education school term, each program typically running for 9 or 10 weeks. We currently offer our warm water exercise classes at the following locations across metropolitan Sydney, Central Coast, Wollongong and Shellharbour, with plans to expand the program throughout NSW:

  • Bexley NorthHealthstin Bexley Clinic, 98C Preddys Road, Bexley North NSW 2207
  • Castle HillAnglicare, Wellness Centre, 12 Broughton Avenue, Castle Hill NSW 2154
  • EppingKaronga School, Karonga Cl, Epping NSW 2121
  • Lane CoveLane Cove Physio, 237 Longueville Rd, Lane Cove NSW 2066
  • MerrylandsHolroyd School, Willara Ave, Merrylands NSW 2160
  • Potts PointSt Luke’s Private Hospital, 18 Roslyn St, Potts Point NSW 2011
  • RandwickBurger Centre, 120 King St, Randwick NSW 2031
  • ShellharbourShellharbour Private Hospital, 27 Captain Cook Dr, Barrack Heights NSW 2528
  • WollongongPhysical Therapy, 60 Rosemont St, Wollongong NSW 2500

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!

Term Dates
    • Term 3: Monday 18 Jul – Saturday 24 Sep (10 weeks)
    • Term 4: Monday 10 Oct – Saturday 17 Dec (10 weeks)
    • Term 1, 2023: Monday 30 Jan – Thursday 6 Apr (Mon – Thur 10 weeks / Fri-Sat 9 weeks)
    • Term 2, 2023: Monday 24 Apr – Saturday 1 July (Mon-Tues 9 weeks / Wed – Sat 10 weeks)
Term 3 Registration

To register, please:

  1. Click on the box below for the class you would like to attend
  2. Complete the:
    1. online registration form including your credit card details
    2. medical/health screening questions and provide detail on your personal circumstances
      *Note* if you respond YES to one of these questions, ANSW will be in contact to advise whether a medical clearance needs to be completed by your G.P.
    3. review and consent to the Arthritis NSW Participant Policy for important payment and refund information
  3. You will be sent a confirmation email upon successful payment and inclusion in the program.