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Warm Water Therapeutic Pool

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Classes held in the warm water therapeutic pool at Ohio State's Center for Wellness and Prevention (CWP) are designed to help reduce pain and increase functionality for individuals with musculoskeletal problems, obesity and other physical problems.

Many individuals attend warm water classes to sustain results after they finish physical therapy. Classes are held in a large warm water pool with the temperature ranging from 90 - 92.8 degrees. The depth of the pool
ranges from 3.5 feet to 5 feet. To access the pool there
are wide stair entrances with handrails.

You must be able to enter and exit the pool on your own, as we do not provide one-on-one instruction or assistance.

CWP Location:
Ohio State's Martha Morehouse Medical Plaza
2050 Kenny Road (pool is on second floor)
Columbus, OH 43221
Map & Directions (Free Parking)

Warm Water Therapeutic Pool Forms and Policies:

Physician referral for participation in warm water classes is required, in addition to a Pool Risk Assessment.

Click here to download our Physician Referral PDF, Risk Assessment PDF and our Policies and Procedures PDF.

Or to receive any of these forms, please call the Center at 614-293-2800.

Classes offered include:


Level 1 Water Movement

Level 1 water movement class is designed for individuals with arthritis, musculoskeletal, obesity and other physical problems, who want to keep the body moving at a slow pace. The 45 minute class concentrates on the total body, including joint movement and range of motion exercises, choreographed with varied soft music selections. AI-Chi exercises are incorporated which help participants to practice breathing techniques. The focus is on stretching and learning to relax. All instructors are trained and certified through the Arthritis Foundation and are CPR-certified and trained in water rescue.

 Tuesday & Thursday — 10:30-11:15 a.m., 11:30 a.m-12:15 p.m.

 Saturday — 10:00 a.m.-10:45 a.m.


Intermediate Water Movement

The intermediate water movement class is similar to the level 1 but set at a slightly faster pace. The exercises are performed to uplifting, upbeat music to help motivate participants and make the class fun. The goal of this class is to improve function but not to be an aerobic workout.

 Monday, Wednesday, Thursday — 5-5:45 p.m.

 Tuesday & Thursday — 9:30-10:15 a.m.

 Saturday —  9-9:45 a.m.


Creative Water Movement

Creative water movement is an intermediate class with a little more variety in the choreography. The exercises are performed to uplifting, upbeat music to help motivate participants and make the class fun. The goal of this class is to improve function but not to be an aerobic workout.

 Monday, Wednesday, Thursday — 6-6:45 p.m.


Open Water

People who would like to enjoy the benefits of warm water exercises but do not desire formalized instruction can benefit from this 45 minute class. Participants have access to aquatic equipment while a staff member is on hand to answer any questions and supervise the area. This session is ideal for people who have completed aquatic physical therapy and would like to continue their program on their own. Lap swimming is not allowed in the warm water pool.

 Tuesday  & Thursday — 12:30-1:15 p.m.

 Saturday — 11-11:45 a.m.


For more information about the warm water program, contact Ohio State's Center for Wellness and Prevention at  614-293-2800.​​