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Aquatic Therapy

Aquatic Therapy Pool

Sibley Memorial Hospital offers aquatic physical therapy and aquatic exercise in a warm water pool. Our pool is 20 feet by 40 feet with a maximum depth of 4½ feet. A chair lift for easy entry is also located in the center.

The aquatic environment is helpful for the following:

  • Joint pain
  • Cardiovascular fitness
  • Balance and agility
  • Neuromuscular coordination
  • Muscle strength and endurance
  • Flexibility
  • Postural stabilization

Aquatic Physical Therapy

Aquatic-based physical therapy is usually two to eight visits with the goal of progressing to land-based rehabilitation. The physical properties of warm water assist with exercises. Buoyancy decreases weight bearing and lessens impact on joints, while warm water assists with pain control and joint stiffness. Aquatic exercises assist with early weight bearing and balance training. The water environment is excellent for training the core back muscles and improving gait, strength and endurance early in the rehabilitation process.

Aquatic physical therapy requires a prescription from your doctor and an evaluation by one of our physical therapists to determine if water is an appropriate setting. The evaluation is done out of the pool. Appointments are scheduled with a physical therapist or physical therapist assistant.

Independent Walking Classes

Water can make exercise easier and less painful because it removes excessive forces on joints. The warmth of the water helps reduce pain by relaxing tight or spasm-prone muscles and increasing blood flow. Prices vary per session and class type. Please call 202-364-7665 for current pricing information, for more information or to enroll.

Aquatics Class Schedule

Program TypeDaysTimesCost Per Session

Independent Walking Sessions

  • No instructor
  • Advanced registration required





8 to 8:45 a.m. 
1 to 1:45 p.m.
2 to 2:45 p.m. 
5:30 to 6:15 p.m.
8 to 8:45 a.m. 
9 to 9:45 a.m.
12 to 12:45 p.m. 
1 to 1:45 p.m.
2 to 2:45 p.m. 
5:30 to 6:15 p.m.
$240 for a 12 week session 

Saturday Drop-In 

  • Monitored open pool time 
  • Pool time limited to 45 minutes each person
  • 15 people max in pool at one time
  • NO advanced registration required 
Saturday9 a.m. to 12:45 p.m.$10 check must be given at time of pool use


  • Program/classes may be cancelled if there are fewer than six participants.
  • Please exit the pool area promptly at the end of class.
  • You must register for a specific class. Please call to check availability if interested.
  • Class size is limited to 15 people.
  • We strongly encourage the use of water shoes for your safety.
  • Sibley Aquatics follows the Washington, D.C. Public School closing decisions in the case of inclement weather.


Call 202-364-7665 for more information or to enroll in any of our warm water aquatic programs.