Aquatic Physical Therapy International

Contact details

Rue de la Tambourine 20
1227 Carouge
Work telephone
+31 61 094 7125

Aquatic Physical Therapy International (APTI) - A network affiliated to WCPT

Welcome to the home of APTI - Aquatic Physical Therapy International.

Our Mission

To promote evidence based aquatic physical therapy around the world.

The objectives of APTI are to:

  • Promote evidence based practice and clinical reasoning in aquatic physical therapy
  • Collect information on best clinical practice, safety and hygiene standards
  • Provide a forum to discuss clinical practice and management issues in aquatic physical therapy
  • Promote collaborative research and facilitate communication on research topics and outcomes
  • Support the development of aquatic physical therapy in low-resourced countries
  • Promote and support the development of educational materials and professional development
  • Liaise and collaborate with other groups of aquatic therapy professionals


Membership of APTI is free, and open to all physical therapists working in aquatic therapy who would like to become more informed about aquatic therapy, and would like to share their experiences.  Also physical therapy students with a clear interest in this area can apply.

Affiliated membership is open to aquatic professionals with other health related educational backgrounds.  APTI acknowledges that aquatic therapy is a field in which the expertise of other allied health - movement - professions and sciences is valuable, and would like to share that expertise.

You can apply for membership by sending an email with your name, country, professional background and field of expertise to  Through your membership you will be linked with colleagues who share the same background and interests, in your own country and abroad.

The network has the opportunity to meet face to face every four years at WCPT's international congress.  The next meeting will be in May 2015 in Singapore.

Publication possibilities

Aquatic Therapy Forum: E-publication possibilities for colleagues who would like to present their work, but do not want to go through reviewing processes for formal journals.  The Aquatic Therapy Forum also includes poster presentations and PowerPoints.  For information contact Johan Lambeck at

APTI plans to collate resources to further our objectives and will post them to the website when they are available.

To join the LinkedIn group:

Aquatic physical therapy groups and contacts

Country Group Contact
Argentina Asociación Argentina de Hidroterapia
Australia Australian Physiotherapy Association Aquatic Group Sophie Heywood
Brazil Brazilian Association of Aquatic Physiotherapy (ABFA) Rômulo Nolasco de Brito
Chile Sochiteah. Sociedad Chilena Terapia Acuatica e Hidrokinesiterapia Gloria Aravena
Denmark Dansk Selskab for Bassinfysioterapi Ina Lesager
Hong Kong Aquatic Physiotherapy Working Group, Hong Kong Physiotherapy Association Billy So
Mexico Asociación Mexicana Terapia Acuática Eugenia Hernandez Ruiz
Poland Polish Aquatic Physiotherapy Group Anna Olasinska


Liga Portuguesa de Terapia Aquática

César Sa

Ana Rita Matias

South Africa South African Society of Physiotherapy Aquatic Physiotherapy Group Dalene Labrum
South Korea International Aquatic Therapy Association Korea (IATA-Korea) Jihye Lee
Spain Red Española de Terapia Acuatica (RETAcua) Javier Gueita
Turkey Turkish Physiotherapy Association Aquatherapy Subgroup Barış Gürpinar
United Kingdom Aquatic Therapy Association of Chartered Physiotherapists Heather Maling
United States of America American Physical Therapy Association Aquatics Section David M Morris

Individual contacts

Country Contact
Belgium Daniel Daly
Canada Alison Bonnyman
Colombia Catalina Gutierrez Villamizar
Finland Ben Waller
Germany Marcel Hulselmans
Greece Marianna Kotzamanidou
Hungary Maria Barnai
India Prashanth c.g.
Israel Irit Tsedek
Italy Marco Barile
Malta Owen Sant’ Angelo
Netherlands Johan Lambeck
Peru Miguel Angel Cema
Qatar Lubomir Janco
Romania Rusu Ligia
Singapore Stephen Forbes
Slovenia Cirila Burja
Switzerland Urs Gamper
Taiwan Julie Ishan Tzeng
Uruguay Noemi Fremd

International organisations

Organisation Description
Aquaevidence/outcome network A European Union network, based at the faculty of kinesiology and rehabilitation sciences of the Katholijeke Universiteit Leuven in Belgium. The network collects evidence of aquatic therapy, establishes proper outcome measures and connects teaching and research institutes in the EU zone. The network possesses a large database on aquatic therapy articles.

Medical advisor

Dr Bruce Becker MD, MS. Research Professor and Director, National Aquatics and Sports Medicine Institute, Washington State University, Clinical Professor, Department of Rehabilitation Medicine, University of Washington School of Medicine.

Questions for him can be sent to Johan Lambeck at