Essential Swim Gear for Water Aerobics and Aqua Therapy

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Essential Swim Gear for Water Aerobics and Aqua Therapy

Essential Swim Gear for Water Aerobics and Aqua Therapy

Aqua aerobics is that fun looking class with upbeat music and fitness fans getting their groove on. But what do you need to join in? Mostly just a suit but might we make a few suggestions to amp up your enjoyment.

Essential Swim Gear For Water Aerobics & Aqua Therapy

Not into all the song and dance? Aqua therapy or workouts in the pool utilize much of the same equipment to boost up your success rate and overall conditioning.


Running, walking and dancing can do a number on the soft bottoms of your feet. Depending on how textured your local swimming hole’s plaster is, a pair of water shoes or water socks can save you some major discomfort. Speedo’s Surfwalker Pro’s are fast drying and slip on and off easily with no laces or straps. With a snug fit and grippy soles these shoes make water workouts much more enjoyable.


Let’s keep this one in house with our very own Kiefer ankle and wrist weights. These portable weights are made primarily of soft and durable neoprene. Being fully adjustable with clips makes them a good fit for everyone. Increase the difficulty of your workout with different weights as your strength increases! Voila.

Swim Gloves:

If adding weight isn’t your thing check out water gloves that slide on your hands putting webbing between your fingers. Swim gloves increase water resistance and come in a variety of materials to fit your needs. Kiefer currently offers neoprene, silicone, and Lycra®.

Barbells & Dumbbells:

Don’t panic! Not the heavy weight room kind, these aqua specialty barbells and dumbbells are made of foam and plastics. They increase resistance and are very lightweight. Some classes utilize handheld equipment such as these to push through the water, down to the bottom or out in front. The bigger the dumbbell or barbell the more resistance the user encounters. Kiefer offers a wide variety sure to please everyone.

About Emily Milak

Emily Milak is a lifetime competitive swimmer living in Southeastern Wisconsin. Emily is a US National Team champion, NCAA champion, and USMS champion with extensive coaching experience. She is a product development consultant at Kiefer.

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I've been a swimmer my whole life. My parents started me with lessons as a three year old and by five I had joined my first team. I started swimming year round at eight and by thirteen I was qualified for Junior Nationals. By fifteen I was a member of the US National Junior Team (National 'B' Team) and a Senior National Qualifier. I attened my first Olympic Trials in 2000 and finished third in the 200 butterfly. I am a US National Champion, three time NCAA Champion, NCAA record holder, and was a memeber of the US National 'A' Team for five years. I've competed in two World Championships, two Duel in the Pools, a Pan Pacific Championship where I earned a bronze medal in the 200 fly, and competitor in the Goodwill Games. I love to swim and love to coach. I have been working with 12 & Unders for the past ten years including a lengthy stint as the head age group coach in Houston, TX with the toughest bunch of little swimmers I have ever had the privilege of working with. Now I am a mom who swims! I substitute coach and swim master's. I have only competed at one Master's Nationals but walked away a two time champion.

  • Susan says:

    Hi Emily, I am looking for an instructional video for specific exercises to do in the pool. For example, how can I do a plank in the pool? Oblique and ab exercises?

    • Emily Milak says:

      Hi Susan! I can do some video content to add to our blogs if you have specific requests. But by planking in the pool, I’m a bit lost. Do you mean actually doing a plank abdominal exercise somewhere in the water? I generally do all my core work poolside on a mat and towel once I’m done swimming.

  • Nice tips. The tips you have shared in this post is very informative. I would definitely try to follow your tips to water aerobics therapy. Thanks for sharing this information with us.

  • I have a problem. Our town just built an aquatic center with a rehab pool. So excited because we have been driving about 40 minutes round trip at night to do water rehab classes. I have Fibro arthritis and had back surgery that turned out to be a disaster. My left leg is what I call a dead leg. No nerve activity to it but all I get it horrendous pain 24/7. So we get into our big new pool and it is not that warm more on cool side. Not what we had at the other place. 2nd time I nearly died it was so cool. Seems the class I missed the younger ones complained about the warmth so they turned it down. Today I find that really is not the case. The class before us have several with heart problems and the heat bothers them. Well gee I am having heart and lung problems because of the weight gain from the way over medication of sterroids to fix what can’t be fixed. I was told to buy a swim suit like a wet suit but different. So Can you Please help me find something that will help me get into the water before my body gives out. Need full to ankles if possible and long arms but I think I might could handle that just not sure. Really am in shock since I paid 345.00 and am not being treated like others are. Please any help I would be so thankful for.
    Ty in advance.

    • Emily Milak says:

      Hi Paula, I’m sorry for your troubles. If I’ve got this right you are looking for a full body suit that will help keep you warmer, correct? If so you are looking for a thicker material like neoprene, something a surfer might wear out in the ocean. We don’t carry anything like that for adults, but if you need further assistance drop me an email and I will see if I can help you find something.

    • Erin says:

      LA FITNESS refuses to keep our water warm enough and I have resorted to wetsuits. It’s ridiculous but it’s that or no swimming. The key is thickness. If you go too thick, you’re warm but you can’t move. Then a thin 1 mm suit isn’t going to keep you warm much. You also need to be able to get it off by yourself when it’s wet- look for a big dog leash zipper perhaps. Try amazon, your local goodwill store, etc.

  • Evie welch says:

    At my gym they. Have water Dumbbells that are made of hard plastic and has a center tube that you can fill with water for added weight. Made by Keifer.Are they available?

  • Emily Milak says:

    Peter I am so happy to hear you have found something you and your wife can enjoy together that also promotes a healthy lifestyle. And great use of our dumbbells too!

  • Peter Desilva says:

    Here in Titusville, Fl at the The Great Outdoors Golf & RV Resort, many of us are enjoying our 5 times a week Aquacise that is conducted by our instructor. The class is attended by a greater number of women. However more men including myself, are participating and are seeing the benefits. On a side note, my wife and I attend together and use our personal Kiefer small dumbbells. They are great in the pool along with noodles.

  • Janet Wilson says:

    What is a “Paddler”?

    • Emily Milak says:

      Janet a Paddler is a learn to swim tool made from pool noodles and a clip belt, it provides a little support for small children to build their confidence in the water while maintaining good body position.

  • Emily Milak says:

    What an inventive way to make different pieces of equipment work for you!

  • Peter Highsmith says:

    I have used two Paddlers, clipped together so the can fit around my waiste, for better stability during aqua therapy sessions. They work great!

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