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CARI offers courses to Rehab professionals from basic and advanced aquatic physical therapy (APT) to address therapeutic goals.  CARI is able to tailor the aquatic instruction to the rehabilitation facilities, staff and patient population needs. Past courses have included 2-day and 1-day Evidence-Based APT; 1 hour in-services, Lunch and Learn, 1/2 day dry-land workshop and specialized Neurological and Orthopaedic conditions courses.

Courses offered:

  • Foundational Theory and Practicum

  • Aquatic Therapy for the Neurological Patient

  • Aquatic Therapy for the Orthopaedic Patient

  • Aquatic Therapy to Address Chronic Pain

  • Aquatic Therapy for Gait & Balance

  • Aquatic Therapy in Paediatrics

  • Advanced Suspended Aquatic Techniques

  • Aquatic Therapy in Pre & Post Natal Care

  • Suspended Techniques and Mobilizations in Aquatic Therapy

CARI will continue to develop courses and welcomes your suggestions on course topics that interest you.

Alison & Audrey are certified in Bad Ragaz Ring Method, Ai Chi and Halliwick and have embedded those approaches and techniques in the CARI courses, demonstrating their appropriate use and effectiveness to achieve specific therapeutic goals for all clients and conditions. Deanna has completed advanced coursework in in Watsu and Halliwick.




The APT Update course, taught by Alison Bonnyman, was a well organized and informative course. A large component of the course was practical, with much of the time spent in the water to improve handling skills and techniques as well as treatment planning. There was an opportunity to review clinical reasoning skills and exchange knowledge with fellow aquatic therapists which was very beneficial". T. Diamond, PT

I was fortunate enough to complete Aquatic Therapy training with Alison through the Canadian Aquatic Rehab.

As a Recreation Therapist, I frequently work with clients in an aquatic setting during their rehabilitation and recovery. After my training with Alison, I feel more competent in my Aquatic Therapy skills and more confident working with clients in an aquatic setting. Alison’s teachings are evidence-based and her training approach incorporates fundamental values of Recreation Therapy- focusing on a strengths-based approach and utilizing a client’s interests and hobbies when creating an aquatic therapy program. The hands-on skills training and case study practice during this training was invaluable. I believe all Recreation Therapists that regularly access pools with their clients would benefit from enhancing their skillset with Aquatic Therapy training through the Canadian Aquatic Rehab Institute. Holly Graham, Recreation Therapist (R/TRO)



CARI also provides aquatic program design for private and municipal program providers. Group programs can be designed to address therapeutic needs or general health and fitness, and structured to address specific goals or demographics.



Aquatic Therapy Interest Group Practical Meetings - Held approximately 6 times per year. Meeting times are posted on the course page of the website and email notification sent to those on the CARI Interest Group List. Sign up today at


Linking Patient to Aquatic Therapist - Click here for a list of CARI course participants who see private clients or

contact Alison at

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