Australian Capital Territory, Australia


Our hydrotherapy program is at capacity and unfortunately we cannot accept any further new clients into the program. We can assist you in developing a hydrotherapy program that you can undertake at a public pool and we do have the details at the bottom of this page of all pools around the ACT.

A therapeutic hydrotherapy pool is a pool with a temperature of around 34degrees Celsius. Whilst we do our best it is not always possible to provide the exact times and number of pool sessions that you want at the location you want.

Hydrotherapy involves the use of water as a form of treatment and although it resembles swimming, it is different because it requires the individual to undertake different exercises in a warm pool of water. At Arthritis, Pain Support & ME/CFS ACT our members use our pool sessions to assist with pain management, help strengthen joints in preparation, or aid their recovery after having surgery. You do not have to have arthritis to be able to use our services.

Find out the benefits of hydrotherapy and exercise, contraindication and more by clicking on the following links Hydrotherapy and Exercise Video, Hydrotherapy and Exercise Fact Sheet

What types of hydrotherapy does Arthritis ACT offer?

Instructor Led Hydrotherapy Classes

Hydro Motion: A low-moderate intensity exercise class lead by a qualified Exercise Professional.  These classes are conducted in water and focus on strengthening upper and lower limbs and improving balance. Come and join us at the University of Canberra Hospital, Aqua Harmony or Calwell pool. Tickets to attend can be purchased by telephoning our office.

Self – Led Hydrotherapy Classes

Self – led classes are groups based, over seen by a staff member, in which participants attend and undertake their own individually prescribed exercise program. Pool sessions are held at the University of Canberra Hospital, John James Hospital, Aqua Harmony in Kambah and Calwell Pool.

To ensure our members get the best possible experience out of these sessions we recommend that an individual exercise program is obtained before attending. If you do not have a program you can have one prepared for you by a member of our exercise team. To do this please telephone our office and we would be more than happy to assist you.

One-to-One Hydrotherapy

One-to-one hydrotherapy sessions are available through Arthritis ACT. Bookings are available at all of our pool locations and can be made with either a physiotherapist or exercise physiologist. Participants need to have an initial consultation with a member of our exercise team prior to booking a one-to-one session. Please call our office to arrange a booking.

When and where are hydrotherapy sessions held?

All attendees must have a valid medical clearance and all sessions MUST be booked prior to attending. ALL bookings are made through the Arthritis ACT office directly. No walk-ins will be permitted.

Please also note that we do not own/operate any of the pools we utilise and we have no control over the conditions at pools nor the times pools are available to us.

Aqua Harmony – 4 Jenke Circuit Kambah

Wed, Thurs & Fri
7am – 8am & 8am – 9am
Monday & Wednesday
12pm – 1pm & 1pm – 2pm
12:30pm – 1:30pm & 1:30pm – 2:30pm

Calwell Pool – 15 Webber Crescent, Calwell

8.30am – 9.30am & 9.30am – 10.30am
1pm – 2pm

John James Hospital – 173 Strickland Crescent, Deakin

7am – 8am & 8am – 9am
Monday & Thursday
4:30pm – 5:30pm & 5:30pm – 6:30pm & 6:30pm – 7:30pm
Wednesday & Friday
4:30pm – 5:30pm & 5:30pm – 6:30pm

University of Canberra Hospital Pool – cnr. Ginninderra and Aikman Drive, Bruce

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday & Friday
7am – 8am
8.00am – 9.00am
Monday, Wednesday & Friday
8am – 8.45am
Tuesday & Friday
11am – 12pm
Monday & Thursday
12pm – 12.45pm
Monday, Wednesday & Thursday
12.45pm – 1.30pm
Tuesday & Friday
12pm – 1pm
Monday, Wednesday & Friday
4pm – 5pm
5pm – 6pm
Monday, Wednesday & Friday
6pm – 7pm
Monday, Wednesday & Friday
7pm – 8pm
7am – 8am, 8am – 9am, 9am – 10am, 10am – 11am & 11am – 12pm

How do I get started in the program?

  • Membership – You will need to be a member of Arthritis ACT to participate. You can click the ‘join now’ button below or telephone our office for further assistance.
  • Medical Clearance – All members to our hydrotherapy program require a basic medical screening before attendance due to the warmth of the water that you will be exercising in. To read more about this process and download the necessary medical clearance forms click here. If you do not have access to a printer or would like fill these forms out electronically, please telephone our office for further assistance.
  • Tickets – All Arthritis ACT pool sessions operate on an electronic ticketing system. Tickets are purchased from our office, either in person or over the phone, and redeemed upon attendance by the pool session supervisor.
  • Book – All Arthritis, Pain Support & ME/CFS ACT pool sessions operate on a booking system. Bookings for pool sessions and can be made via the online bookings area of our website or by telephoning our office. Pool sessions are available 6 days per week in the morning, middle of the day and in the evening. Call us today to find the session that best suits you.

“….after getting ‘treatment’ by various physiotherapists without much success, my doctor recommended I contact you.  I remember my first meeting with Sophie, who immediately made me feel welcome with her enthusiasm and smile. But the seemingly long drive from Casey to the Kambah hydrotherapy pool was daunting back then. And exercise classes? Well, I was lucky to walk 50 meters with my sciatica pain, let alone doing much else!


I look forward to the drive every week….. I take my little schnauzer for two walks a day, covering between 4 – 6km and, do daily mat exercises….thank you for bringing back my life. My positivity. My happiness. My good health.”

David* – Pilates, zoom and hydrotherapy user *Name changed to preserve anonymity

If our times don’t suit you or we don’t have the availability that you need at our sessions, we have sought to find out what else is available in the ACT.