aquatic therapy

Our Aquatic Therapy Program

Service First of Northern California Aquatic Therapy and Wellness offers programs with the goal of helping patients/clients with disabilities, injuries, and illnesses to decrease pain and increase the activities of daily life. Individuals with orthopedic and sports injuries, pre/post-surgery, trauma, stroke, arthritis, chronic pain, amputations, work injuries, and neurological disorders can benefit from aquatic therapy.

Our skilled aquatic physical therapy is administered by a licensed Physical Therapist. We offer physical therapy Monday through Friday by appointment only. A doctor’s prescription is required to begin skilled aquatic physical therapy at our facility. It is not a guarantee; however, skilled aquatic physical therapy services are generally covered by major medical insurance carriers such as Department of Labor, Medicare Part A, PPO’s, Worker’s Compensation, and Veteran’s Affairs (VA). For those without adequate coverage, discounted pricing is available.

Service First’s Aquatic Wellness program is perfect for those whose insurance plans do not cover skilled aquatic physical therapy. This program is administered by Aquatic Specialists and group classes are held on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday between 8:15am and 6:45pm. As a non-profit program, we base our monthly fees on a sliding scale of income, meaning that our fees are based on the consumer’s ability to pay rather than a set cost. These fees range from $65.00 to $105.00 per month*. Since this program takes place in a medically supervised warm water pool, an annual doctor’s prescription is required for participation.

*Initial Assessment/In-Pool Orientation (IPO) is required for all Wellness program clients. Assessment/IPO’s are done on Tuesday and Thursday by appointment. There is a one-time fee of $100 for Assessment/IPO. Please give us a call to schedule at (209) 644-4808.

The Facility

In order for the water to be considered therapeutic and used for therapy services, it must be kept at a minimum of 89.6 degrees. Our warm water pool is maintained at a constant 91-92 degrees year-round. It is 20 feet by 40 feet and ranges from 3 feet to 5 feet in depth making it ideal for both shallow and deep-water activities. The pool is equipped with stairs, a ramp, and a chair lift. The pool is easily accessible to most regardless of their physical challenges. There are also separate restrooms, showers, lockers, and changing areas for men and women.

Swim Lessons

Service First Aquatics also offers year-round swim lessons! For those with the desire to learn to swim, Service First has skilled Aquatic Specialists to assist you. All of our swim instructors are CPR/First Aid Certified, basic water rescue trained, and have passed a background check prior to employment.

Everyone should know how to swim, especially since we live in a community with so many waterways around us. Too often, we hear tragic news of someone drowning because proper swimming techniques were not learned. This can be prevented in most cases if children and adults know how to swim.

Swim Lessons are available to children accompanied by their parents as young as 6-months old. However, the ideal age to teach your children how to swim is 4-years old. Level placement is based on skill level, not age. The levels of swim lessons are as follows:


Level 1: Water Safety

Learn to be safe/comfortable in the water
Face in the water
Blow bubbles
Assisted back float
Water exploration

Level 2: Guppies

Freestyle arms
Flutter kick
Unassisted back float

Level 3: Stingrays

Freestyle arms with side breathing
Backstroke arms and kick
Front and back “Streamline”

Level 4: Dolphins

Freestyle with side breathing for 25 yards
Backstroke solo for 15-25 yards
Learn to dive off side of pool

Level 5: Sharks

Butterfly arms and kick
Breaststroke arms and kick
Dive, “Streamline”, and swim

If you are interested in swimming lessons, please contact Dominque at (209) 644-6318 to discuss lesson days, times, and pricing details.

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Aquatic Therapy and Wellness/Swim Lessons

102 West Bianchi Road
Stockton, CA 95207
(209) 644-4808