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MEDIA: Statistics
How Popular is Aquatic Exercise? How Often do People Participate?


One of the greatest needs expressed by the press is a quick resource base for statistics on aquatic therapy. So, just for you, Aquaticnet.com has gathered information from sources as varied as the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid, the National Swimming Pool Foundation and state bathing codes.

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Question: How popular is aquatic exercise in the United States?

Answer: There are several surveys available which address popularity of aquatic exercise. There are even more addressing the popularity of swimming. Many of these sources are cited below.

Per American Sports Data, approximately 5.8 million people in the US participated in aquatic exercise (year studied 2004). There was a 33% increase in participation from 2003-2004 in aquatic exercise participation. Source: www.americansportsdata.com

The breakdown for geographic regions of the United States was as follows: Northeast – 651,000; North Central – 1.35 million; South – 2 million; West – 2 million. Source: www.americansportsdata.com.

American Sports Data has performed several studies which address participation in both aquatic exercise and swimming. Source: www.americansportsdata.com

  • The Superstudy of Sports Participation outlines participation in 103 sports/activities (Volume 1 includes information on aquatic exercise and swimming). Statistics available on raw numbers and percentages of US population who participated from 1987-present, demographic characteristics, and attitudinal and behavioral dimensions (including days per year, years of participation, venue, cross-participation, core market profiles, etc.). Cost $295.
  • IHRSA/ASD Health Club Trend Report in the US tracks health club trends (including popularity of swimming and aquatic exercise) from 1988 to the present. Cost $575.
  • Trends in U.S. Physical Fitness Behavior gives a complex answer to the simple question: “Is there a fitness boom?” (including trends in aquatic exercise and swimming). Cost $375.

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