Swimming Lessons

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Swim season in the Dominican Republic last all year. We dig our year-around warm weather and frequent opportunities for beach weekends when we’re in the mood, so there’s no better reason for us and those closest to us to know how to swim and enjoy a better relationship with the water.

Good news is that Founder and Director of International Swim and Water Therapy, Hortensia V. Aguirre, will be in town, Thursday, March 17th to Sunday the 27th to provide us with a variety of excellent courses on the subject. She teaches swimming lessons and aquatic therapies to children, adults and elderly, infants, nannies, pool maintenance staff, and more with the mission to educate everyone for an improved understanding of the water in expected or unexpected situations.

Water Therapy

International Swim and Water Therapy programs helps prevent drowning in “Learn to Swim” and “Water Safety” courses, as well as offers a variety of physical therapy courses to aid the joints. Breathing exercises, stretching, and dancing are soothing activities when performed in the water and ideal for reducing stiffness and increasing flexibility. It also is an excellent environment for recovering from surgery or joint injuries. See below for detailed information on aqua therapies. International Swim and Water Therapy even specializes in helping individuals overcome fears of the water or traumatic water-related experiences.

There’s no better time than the present to get those muscles moving in comfortable and healthy ways, and learn or improve upon the fundamentals of swimming. Private and group lessons are available, and can be arranged by contacting Hortensia at 786.286.8082 (USA) or 809.901.9756 (Dom. Rep.). Call to register for lessons today!

For those in need of physical therapy, some Aqua therapies include:

Ai Chi: flowing aquatic energy.  Ai Chi is a simple exercise and relaxation program performed using a combination of deep breathing and slow, broad movements of the arms, legs, and torso.

Arthritics Aquatics: The word arthritis means joint inflammation (arth: joint; itis: inflammation) and refers to more than 100 rheumatic diseases. Arthritics may affect one or more aspects of the joint depending on the type of rheumatic disease.  The rheumatic diseases are an inflammation or degeneration of the connective tissue structures of the body, especially the joint and structures such as muscles, tendons, and fibrous tissue. The soothing warm waters make a safe, ideal and comfortable atmosphere in order to relieve pain and stiffness.

Watsu: The word “Watsu” comes from the words Water and Shiatsu. This is a lovely technique in which we use our own buoyancy and it is performed in warm water where you will be massaged and stretched.

Water Dance: Is a nourishing and embracing aquatic therapy where the practitioner softly and gently starts taking the client under water with a nose clip and where you will be given the opportunity of a lifetime to experience being in the womb again. In Water Dance the receiver finds the freedom that has been searching for in plenty of other land exercises or therapies being this one an open door to their spiritual fulfillment.

Bad Ragaz Ring Method: This technique originated in Germany in 1957 and was introduced, by a German therapist, to the therapeutic thermal pools of Bad Ragaz in Switzerland. The technique has since become more clearly defined as the Bad Ragaz Ring Method.  This is a method of muscle re-education utilizing specific patterns of resistance, endurance, elongation, relaxation, range of motion, and tonal reduction.

Here you can read a little more about Hortensia, the founder and director of International Swim:

Hello I’m Hortensia!

Hortensia is originally from Buenos Aires, Argentina. She is now half American and half Argentinean since she moved to The States as an adolescent.

Hortensia has always been exposed to the water and to teaching methods due to the fact that she’s been self-motivated to swim in her childhood and aid at summer camps. Also, she has been an observer of her older sister who certainly inspired her and who taught how to swim to lots of children in her home-based pool in Argentina.

Hortensia has a background of ten years now working independently in Miami with infants, kids, adults and people with special needs.

Throughout the years, she has developed a special faculty where she manages and excels the students’ potential in the water. She states: “I can teach, lead and deliver swimming education in one class where others do it in three to five classes.”

Hortensia’s services are not only a “Learn to Swim” program, but various “Water Therapy” methods for those in pain, post surgery or injuries.

Hortensia has been also hired overseas to deliver her expertise with renowned Casa de Campo families. Moreover, she’s flown her services to New York and Washington D.C.

Water Therapy Flyer

Hortensia and International Swim and Water Therapy

When: Thursday, March 17th to Sunday, March 27th


  • Dom. Rep: (+1) 809-901-9756
  • USA: (+1) 786-286-8082
  • info@internationalswim.com