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Courage Kenny Rehabilitation Institute

Wasie Therapeutic Swimming Pool

Wasie Therapeutic Swimming Pool

Aquatic therapy

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The Wasie Therapeutic Swimming Pool is an aquatic facility that complements the total care and treatment of patients at Courage Kenny Rehabilitation Institute - Abbott Northwestern Hospital. (Additional pools are available at Courage Kenny Rehabilitation Institute locations in Golden Valley and Stillwater.)

About the pool

The pool's water temperature is a comfortable 92 degrees, and the ramp and staircase make for easy access into this multi-level pool.

In addition, a stainless-steel wheelchair, handrails and an adaptive ladder make the pool accessible for persons with disabilities.

A certified lifeguard or instructor is on duty for exercise instructions and supervision.

Individuals requiring assistance in the locker room or in the pool need to provide their own attendant.

A separate family locker room is available for clients and their attendants. Participants must provide their own padlock, swimsuit and towel.

Aquatic therapy program at the Wasie Therapeutic Pool

The aquatic therapy program includes aquatic physical therapy and independent aquatic exercise. These programs offer a comprehensive selection of services to evaluate, treat and maintain an aquatic exercise plan.

Aquatic therapy may be beneficial if you are currently under a doctor's care for an acute or chronic injury or condition, including arthritis, back or neck injury, chronic pain, stroke, spinal cord injury, head injuries, joint replacement, orthopaedic injuries, pediatric conditions and neurologic disorders.

Inpatient/outpatient aquatic physical therapy

Inpatient and outpatient physical therapy services provide participants with an aquatic program that is designed to meet their individual needs.

After a thorough evaluation by a physical therapist, participants are set up on an individualized exercise program. Therapists instruct and supervise participants until they have demonstrated understanding of their exercises.

After about six to eight sessions, participants then assume responsibility to carry out the rest of their exercise program at a pool of their choice-either at the Wasie Pool during one of the many independent aquatic exercise classes or at a local health club.

Independent aquatic exercise programs

Aqua tots

To register for any of the aquatic programs except Aqua Tots, call
612-863-5238 or
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Wasie Pool offers independent aquatic exercise programs to develop or continue individualized aquatic therapy and conditioning exercise programs on an ongoing basis.

An order from the participant's health care provider is required for any of the programs.

Aqua Tot Swim Program

Saturdays, morning sessions by age group

The Aqua Tot Swim Program is a series of classes for children ages nine months to four years old - taught by a certified American Red Cross instructor. Registration is through Events and Classes registration on – search by key word “aqua tot.”

Arthritis Aquatic Exercise

Monday, Wednesday, Friday, 2 to 3 p.m.
$4 per visit

This program is endorsed by the Arthritis Foundation and is for individuals with any form of arthritis.

Stay Fit

A supervised, directed, exercise-based pool activity. Work on balance, stretching, range of motion, strengthening, coordination, cardio/endurance and water adjustment skills. Designed for people who can self-direct their exercise program and who require assistance less than 50 percent of the time. Scheduled by appointment; participants also may schedule a 60-minute session or additional sessions per week if they choose. COST: $160 for a 10-week session for 30 minutes each session, once/week. Contact Todd Brown at 612-863-0922 or>

Community Swim Program

Monday 5 to 6 p.m.
Tuesday, 6 to 7:30 a.m., and 5 to 7 p.m.
Wednesday 5 to 6 p.m.
Thursday, 6 to 7:30 a.m., and 5 to 7 p.m.
Saturday, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
$3 per visit

Individuals with a disability may use the pool for independent swimming and exercise. Participants may bring one paying guest during these time periods.

Follow-up Aquatic Exercise Program

Monday to Friday, 7 a.m. to noon
$25 for six visits

A one-hour exercise session may be scheduled during this time period. This program gives individuals with a disability independent aquatic exercise and swim conditioning time.

Aquatic Exercise and Swimming Program

Monday to Friday, noon to 1 p.m.
$4 per visit

This class is designed to help people with low-back problems. The program includes exercises to increase flexibility.

Senior Aquatic Exercise and Swim

Tuesday, Thursday, 2 to 3 p.m.
$3 per visit

This program is for individuals, age 55 and older, to work independently on lap swimming, aquatic exercise and relaxation.

Adaptive Swim Lessons

Various times during the week
$40 for six 30-minute lessons

Individualized, adaptive swimming instruction can address the fear of water, improve swim skills and develop a personalized conditioning program based on each person's abilities.

Employee Lap Swim and Aquatic Exercise

Monday and Wednesday, 5 to 6 p.m.
Tuesday and Thursday, 6 to 7:30 a.m.
$3 per visit or LiveWell Fitness Membership


The Wasie Therapeutic Swimming Pool is located on the first floor between the Sister Kenny Rehabilitation Institute lobby and the Wasie Building on the Abbott Northwestern Hospital campus (see map). On-street parking and ramp parking are available.

Abbott Northwestern Hospital Wasie Building
800 East 28th Street
Minneapolis, MN 55407

Please Note: Additional pools are available at Courage Kenny Rehabilitation Institute locations in Golden Valley and Stillwater.