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Aquatic Therapy Boot Camp (Stand Alone Enrollment)

Location: Hudson, WI (Located approximately 30 minutes from Minneapolis, MN)

Dates: November 13, 2015

Hours: 4 hours

Credits through FSBPT: 4 CCUs

Instructor: Kiki Dickinson, MPT or Kim Gordon, MPT

ATU Course #: GS701 (Entry-Level)

Cost: $250 (The Boot Camp may also be purchased as part of a package)


Select this class if you only want to attend

Aquatic Therapy Boot Camp only and not

the main class being offered that weekend

A 4-hour training module designed to serve as a fast-paced, hands-on lab of aquatic therapy fundamentals. Strongly recommended to all new ATU students, especially those with less than 1 year of aquatic experience. May be used as a supplemental course for individuals attending the main conference or for those looking for greater awareness of “why water works” therapeutically -- at a low cost. 


This class is approved for 4 PT CEUs (Category 1) from the state of Minnesota and meets all MN state standards for OT CEUs. This class has been awarded 19 CCUs by the Federation of State Boards of Physical Therapy which is accepted in 19 states, including Wisconsin, Indiana, Kansas, Nebraska and Montana.

Learning Objectives

1. Select, perform and assess the appropriateness of different aquatic handling techniques under the following therapeutic scenarios: non-weight-bearing, hydrophobic, asymmetric center of buoyancy, fragile skin, hypersensitivity to touch, non-verbal communication, poor head and trunk righting skills, aspiration risk (lecture, lab).

2. Teach (to a partner) 1-2 aquatic therapy tasks designed to capitalize on hydrodynamic and thermal properties of water (lab).

3. In order to meet the demands of a mock therapeutic situation, alter movement difficulty by manipulating 2-3 of the following: buoyancy, velocity, streamlining, levers, frontal surface area, and momentum (lab).

4. Design 3-4 therapeutic movements, tasks, or exercises using fundamental hydrodynamic and thermal principles (lab).

5. Compare and contrast 8-10 general precautions and contraindications to aquatic therapy (lecture).

6. Collaborate with a group to appropriately choose 8-10 types of aquatic therapy equipment in order to treat a mock patient (lab).

7. Verbally identify 4-5 aquatic specialty techniques (such as Watsu®) and where to obtain additional information on these techniques (lecture).

Target Audience

PT's, PTA's, OT's, COTA's, SLP's, and other aquatic professionals.


Boot Camp pre-conference ( February 20, 2015 or November 6, 2015)

2:30-3:00 Registration

3:00-5:00 Lecture

5:00-7:00 Pool Lab

4 hours

Boot Camp Location

St. Croix Therapy

742 Sterbenz Drive

Hudson, WI 54016

Meet your instructors

Kimberly Gordon, MPT. MAqI, GAqI 

Tracks: Musculo, Geriatric, Sports

Kimberly Gordon, MPT graduated from Mayo Clinic's School of Health Related Sciences with her Master's degree in Physical Therapy. She began practicing in an outpatient sports medicine clinic in Sarasota, FL where her case-load included orthopedic and post-surgical clients, including older adults with torn knee and ankle ligaments, total joint replacements, osteoarthritis, osteoporosis, and gait dysfunction. She went on to manage a branch for that company in Bradenton, FL. Upon moving back to Rochester, MN, she spent time working in a local nursing home, helping to develop their short term rehab program to increase the number of joint replacement patients in the facility and to better manage these patients as a team in the nursing home. She then moved into a home health physical therapy position, bringing innovative ideas to the patient returning from a hospital or nursing home stay after surgery or trauma, including many with new joint replacement patients.

She currently works at both the Rochester Active PT office and the Plainview ActivePT office (managing the Plainview office) where she specializes in treating orthopedic patients both in and out of the therapy pool. Her specialty is treating pelvic, hip and knee patients and the majority of her patients come with women's health, orthopedic and sports medicine complaints.

Kim has over 11 years of treating primarily orthopedic patients with 7 of those years specializing in sports medicine. Kim also has over 200 hours of continuing education including SI joint dysfunction, Shoulder rehabilitation presented by Kevin Wilk, pelvic floor training through the Herman and Wallace Pelvic Institute, a certification course in Pilates training and specializes in Pilates. She also teaches a Pilates class at the Rochester Athletic Club and has devoloped specialized classes for the athletic club including Back School, return to Pilates after rehabilitiation, and prenatal Pilates.

Kim's area of specialty is the hip and pelvis. This includes pelvic floor dysfunction, low back and hip pain, total joint replacements, and SI dysfunction. She has trained for 3 years with Aquatic Therapy University, achieving lead instructor status under their extensive instructor's curriculum. Kim offers specialty training in the following through her affiliation with ActivePT.

  • Pilates
  • Back School
  • Osteoporosis

Kim lives in Rochester with her husband and two children. She enjoys playing soccer, biking, and running, has completed her first duathalon, and continues to compete in annual half marathons throughout the midwest.

Meet your Instructor

Kiki Dickinson, MPT, PAqI

Tracks: Pediatric/ Neuro/ Ortho/ Speech

Kathleen (Kiki) Dickinson, MPT graduated from the College of St. Catherine with a master's degree in physical therapy. She has been a Pediatric Physical Therapist since 1995. Kiki works at St. Croix Therapy (Therapeutic Services for Children and Adults) in Hudson, Wisconsin and has 20+ years of experience developing and implementing aquatic therapy programs for a diverse pediatric population which includes working with children of all ages including the birth-to-three population.

Kiki teaches custom seminars nationally and internationally for Aquatic Therapy University (ATU) with an emphasis on the neuro pediatric population. Kiki has helped develop course manuals for several pediatric courses for ATU. Recently Kiki and her business partner Kim Gordon have established their own company North Star Aquatic Therapy offering aquatic therapy courses for both the pediatric and adult populations.

Kiki is certified in Halliwick, Bad Ragaz, Ai Chi and Cranio-sacral Therapy. Kiki has her Aquaticist℠ credential’s from ATU. Kiki is an adjunct professor at St. Catherine’s University for over 20 years and teaches Pediatric Coursework for their Physical Therapy Assistant Program.

Cancellation Policy


Programming Changes: Due to unforeseen circumstances, ATU schedules, instructors and/or meals may need to be changed without notice.

Cancellation of Class By ATU: ATU classes may be cancelled for low registration up to 30 days prior to the class. In this event, a full refund of class tuition or a voucher to another class will be issued to students. ATU does not reimburse change fees, airline tickets or any other travel related expenses, so please do not make plans until you receive the 30-day confirmation prior to the conference.

Cancellation of Class by Student: A refund, minus a $175 reseating fee, will be given for student cancellations made prior to 30 days before the conference. No refunds will be given for cancellations received after 30 day deadline. In the event of a student cancellation after the deadline, enrollment fees may be transferred to other ATU courses within 12 months at no charge.

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