Aquatic Bodyworker - 988 hours

This 988 hour extensive program offers the aquatic bodywork student a wide variety of applications to fully experience and integrate profound healing and multi-level therapeutic benefits with confidence and creativity, from water and land modalities. Complete the 788 hour Massage Therapist Program and add 200 hours of additional training. Classes can be taken in any order, as long as prerequisites are satisfied.

program requirements

HOURS CLASS
788 Complete the 788 Watsu Therapist Program:
100hr - Massage Intensive
50hr - Anatomy Bones and Muscles
50hr - Anatomy Body Systems
50hr - Pathology
25hr - Kinesiology
16.5hr - Essential Business Skills
16.5hr - Ethics
50 - Watsu 1
50 - Watsu 2
50 - Watsu 3
50 - Watsu 3 Adapted
30 - Required Practicum Demonstration of Mastery
150 hours of Specialized Bodywork Training*
100 hours of Program Electives**
CPR Certification (not available at the school)
Add the classes below to complete the 988 hour Aquatic Bodyworker Program:
100 Water Specialization Classes
100 Land or Water electives
988 Total Aquatic Bodyworker Program Hours

Required Practicum:

Documented 1 hour sessions:
20 Practice Sessions (10 sessions completed after Watsu 2)
10 Received Sessions from at least 5 different WABA Certified Watsu Practitioners

Demonstration of Mastery:

After completing Watsu 2 and 20 documented practice sessions, a student must demonstrate mastery of the form and principles of Watsu by giving a session to a WABA authorized Instructor or Assistant. This demonstration can also be made under instructor Supervision, or during an audit of Watsu 2.

* Specialized Bodywork Training - Choose any three of the following 50 hour classes:
- Advanced Therapeutic Massage
- Craniosacral Balancing 1
- Craniosacral Balancing 2
- Deep Tissue 1
- Deep Tissue 2

** Program Electives
100 class hours from the Program Elective list. This list includes land and water classes. Three 16.5 hour classes are counted as 50 class hours.


Estimated Tuition for Aquatic Bodyworker 988 hr.

Tuition: $15,930 – 17,100
Registration fee: $100
STRF: $8.00 – 8.50
Equipment: $42
Books: $350
Total: $16,430 – 17,601
Practicum: 30 hrs
$500-1,500 Addt. Cost


Book prices may vary depending on what electives are taken. Prices vary depending on auditing or which classes are chosen for electives.
The state of California created the Student Tuition Recovery Fund (STRF) to relieve or mitigate economic losses suffered by California residents who were students attending certain schools regulated by the Bureau for Private Postsecondary and Vocational Education. Only students who are California residents are required to pay the STRF fee.

Registration Fee and STRF Fee ($.50 for each $1000 tuition) are non-refundable. No STRF charges until further notice.

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