Waves Warm Water Exercise Program

What is Waves?

Waves is our warm water exercise program. It involves gentle exercises that give you a general workout for the whole body.

Classes are held in hydrotherapy pools across Melbourne. Exercising in warm water is a comfortable and effective way for people with arthritis, osteoporosis and other musculoskeletal conditions to be physically active. Water temperature in exercise pools is kept between 32°C to 34°C – the best temperature for the warmth of the water to help relieve stiffness and pain.
During the class you will follow the same general exercise program as demonstrated by the class leader. Our leaders are specially trained volunteer leaders, many of whom also live with a musculoskeletal condition.

The benefits of warm water exercise

When you exercise in water, your buoyancy reduces the weight on your joints and gives them support and protection, while the resistance of the water makes your muscles work.

In Waves warm water classes you can work at your own pace to gradually improve joint mobility, muscle strength and general health and fitness.

Waves classes are not intended to be therapy or to provide individualised treatment for a specific problem.

When are the classes held?

Waves classes are conducted weekly during school terms for approximately 40 weeks each year, with breaks coinciding with school holidays. 

Waves locations, days and times

Waves classes are run in many locations across Melbourne.

  • Balwyn - Wednesday 4.15pm, 5.15pm
  • Boronia - Monday 11am, 12pm; Tuesday 7pm; Friday 10am
  • Box Hill - Thursday 1.30pm **
  • Camberwell - Wednesday 12:15pm; Thursday 12:15pm, 2.30pm; Friday 12:15pm
  • Caulfield - Thursday 6pm, 7pm (YA)*, (BC)#
  • Clayton - Monday 12.20pm, 1pm; Friday 11.15am, 12.05pm
  • Cranbourne East - Tuesday 7:30pm
  • Croydon - Wednesday 6.45pm; Thursday 2pm
  • Dandenong - Wednesday 5.30pm 
  • East Bentleigh - Monday 12pm, 12.45pm, 1.30, 2.15pm
  • Heidelberg West - Wednesday 12pm, Friday 12pm. 
  • Kew - Monday 6pm, 7pm (YA)*; Thursday 6.30pm
  • Maribyrnong - Wednesday 7pm (YA)*
  • Mont Albert North - Thursday 1.00pm
  • Narre Warren - Thursday 3pm
  • Oakleigh - Thursday 9am
  • Parkville - Monday 5.15pm, 6.45pm; Thursday 6.15pm; Thursday 7.15pm (YA)*
  • St Albans - Monday  3.30pm; Tuesday  12.30pm; Wednesday  12.30pm, 3.30pm; Thursday  12.30pm; Friday  12.30pm, 3.30pm

* YA = young adults classes - this class is more vigorous than the general classes
# BC = back class - this class focuses more on exercises for increasing back strength.
** = Aqualink, Box Hill - this venue charges an additional fee of $3.30 upon entry into the facility for each class. This cost will be separate to the fees you pay Arthritis and Osteoporosis Victoria each term.

Who can join Waves?

Anyone is welcome to join a Waves class. Waves classes are suitable for people with arthritis, osteoporosis and other musculoskeletal conditions who are physically independent. To participate in a Waves class, you must be able to walk, dress and get in and out of the pool (using steps and a hand rail) independently. As the program involves exercising in a pool, you should also be confident in the water.

What does it cost?

Because Waves classes coincide with school terms, there is some variation in prices for each term. This is due to the number of weeks per term. 

Term 1 (9 weeks)

  • Full fee - $90.90
  • Pensioner or over 65yrs - $76.50
  • A&OV member discount - Full fee - $52.65
  • A&OV member discount - Pensioner or over 65 yrs - $47.70

Term 2 (10 weeks)

  • Full fee - $101
  • Pensioner or over 65yrs - $85
  • A&OV member discount - Full fee - $58.50
  • A&OV member discount - Pensioner or over 65 yrs - $53

Term 3 (10 weeks)

  • Full fee - $101
  • Pensioner or over 65yrs - $85
  • A&OV member discount - Full fee - $58.30
  • A&OV member discount - Pensioner or over 65 yrs - $53

Term 4 (10 weeks)

  • Full fee - $101
  • Pensioner or over 65yrs - $85
  • A&OV member discount - Full fee - $58.30
  • A&OV member discount - Pensioner or over 65 yrs - $53

All fees and conditions are subject to review and may be amended from time to time.


  • Fees do not include the annual Arthritis and Osteoporosis Victoria membership fee, which is applicable when claiming the Arthritis and Osteoporosis Victoria member discount rate.
  • Fees may vary depending on day of attendance, due to public holidays. (There are no classes on public holidays.)
  • Pro rata fee applies when joining the program mid-term.
  • Payments can be made via cash, cheque, postal order, Visa or MasterCard.

All class fees are to be paid in advance of the entire term. New participants can join at any time throughout the year and will be charged pro rata for the remaining term period.

How do I join a class?

Simply complete the application form at the back of the Waves Warm Water Exercise Program Information Booklet and return to:

Waves Administration Officer, Arthritis and Osteoporosis Victoria
PO Box 130, Caulfield South 3162

When Arthritis and Osteoporosis Victoria receives your application you will be notified if there are any vacancies. If places are available, you will be sent an enrolment/medical form. Your local doctor must fill in the medical section of this form.

If there are no vacancies available, you will be informed and your name will be added to the waiting list. We will inform you as soon as a place is available.

What if I have a question?

If you need further information or assistance in completing this application form, please contact the Waves Administration Officer on 03 8531 8000. 

There are no Waves classes near me

If you want to join a warm water class, but there are no Waves classes near you, there are a few options:

  • check the Arthritis Map for details of other warm water exercise classes and pools
  • contact your local pool or community health centre to find out if they offer suitable classes for your condition and ability
  • if you are interested in having one-on-one sessions with a physiotherapist in a hydrotherapy pool, contact the Australian Physiotherapy Association to find an aquatic physiotherapist. 

Page created on 16 May 2012 - Content updated on 10 September 2014