You can become Autism Swim Approved as an Individual Provider or as a Swim Centre!

You can become Autism Swim Approved as an Individual Provider or as a Swim Centre!

Autism Swim are inclusive aquatic education specialists.

We offer a WORLD-FIRST certification to help you cater your teaching style and methodologies to the varying needs, goals and preferences of each participant.

Autism Swim are inclusive aquatic education specialists.

We offer a WORLD-FIRST certification to help you cater your teaching style and methodologies to the varying needs, goals and preferences of each participant.

91% of parents in our community reported that they have left a previous aquatic service due to feeling like their child’s needs weren’t understood.

91% of parents in our community reported that they have left a previous aquatic service due to feeling like their child’s needs weren’t understood.

Autism Swim Certification is for:

Qualified Swimming Teachers, Instructors and Coaches

A qualification in Teacher in Swimming and Water Safety (or equivalent in country)

Allied Health Professionals

A relevant 4yr therapy degree including Occupational Therapy, Physiotherapy, Exercise Physiotherapy, Speech Pathology, Psychology, BCBA, Behavioural Science, allied health professional, education or social sciences sectors.

Autism Swim Training for non-qualified individuals

Anyone who does not meet these prerequisites, are welcome to undertake Autism Swim’s training and receive Autism Swim’s resources, however will not be considered Autism Swim Approved until one of the above prerequisites is met.

Qualified Swimming Teachers, Instructors and Coaches

A qualification in Teacher in Swimming and Water Safety (or equivalent in country)

Allied Health Professionals

A relevant 4yr therapy degree including Occupational Therapy, Physiotherapy, Exercise Physiotherapy, Speech Pathology, Psychology, BCBA, Behavioural Science, allied health professional, education or social sciences sectors.

Autism Swim Training for
non-qualified individuals

Anyone who does not meet these prerequisites, are welcome to undertake Autism Swim’s training and receive Autism Swim’s resources, however will not be considered Autism Swim Approved until one of the above prerequisites is met.

What's included when I become Autism Swim Approved?

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Training

We provide you with a suite of online training modules which you can work through at your own pace. Once the training modules are complete, you are Autism Swim Approved!

To maintain your certification, you need to continue to interact with the monthly resources and complete the quarterly quizzes. Scroll down to see an overview of the training modules.

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Monthly online resources

These include visuals, What to do When's…, skills focuses, tip-sheets, social stories, and an array of other helpful resources designed by our clinical team.

You can check out some of the included resources here.

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Ongoing learning checks

Quizzes every 3 months to ensure your knowledge is up to date and you are understanding the content.

Don't worry, if you don't pass you can review the training modules and try again!"

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Worldwide Network of Providers

Connection with other Autism Swim Approved providers all over the world

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Marketing Resources

We'll provide you with marketing collateral that you can use to market your Autism Swim Approved status. Marketing resources include access to downloadable posters, AS approved logos, and more!

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Autism Swim
Directory & Referrals

We'll list you in our providers listing on our website so that parents and participants can find you!

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Training

We provide you with a suite of online training modules which you can work through at your own pace. Once the training modules are complete, you are Autism Swim Approved!

To maintain your certification, you need to continue to interact with the monthly resources and complete the quarterly quizzes. Scroll down to see an overview of the training modules.

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Monthly online resources

These include visuals, What to do When's…, skills focuses, tip-sheets, social stories, and an array of other helpful resources designed by our clinical team.

You can check out some of the included resources here.

Autism swim Ongoing Learning Checks icon

Ongoing learning checks

Quizzes every 3 months to ensure your knowledge is up to date and you are understanding the content.

Don't worry, if you don't pass you can review the training modules and try again!"

Autism swim Worldwide Network of Providers icon

Worldwide Network of Providers

Connection with other Autism Swim Approved providers all over the world

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Marketing Resources

We'll provide you with marketing collateral that you can use to market your Autism Swim Approved status. Marketing resources include access to downloadable posters, AS approved logos, and more!

Autism Swim Directory & Referrals icon

Autism Swim Directory & Referrals

We'll list you in our providers listing on our website so that parents and participants can find you!

Certification details:

Your certification is for 12 months, at which point you have the option to renew to more-advanced content and continue on your certification journey.

We currently have 3 full years of Training and Certification, after which you can become a ‘Gold Member’.

Certification details:

Your certification is for 12 months, at which point you have the option to renew to more-advanced content and continue on your certification journey.

We currently have 3 full years of Training and Certification, after which you can become a ‘Gold Member’.

Learning Outcomes in Year One

Introduction to Neurodiversity

What is Neurodiversity?

What characteristics might we see in our surfers who are neurodiverse?

How can we support their needs, preferences and goals?

Neurodiversity and Aquatics

We discuss the relationship between Aquatics and Neurodiversity and what adaptations or inclusions your teaching style may need to assist Neurodiverse
participants to achieve their goals.

Behaviour support

What is Positive Behaviour Support? We talk through the most common behaviours that you might see in and around the water with your participants, why they occur, and what positive behaviour support you can employ to offer support.

Communication

Effective expressive and receptive communication is at the core of rapport building, skill development and overall session/lesson success.

There are so many ways our participants communicate and so many skills YOU can learn, to ensure everyone’s needs are being met. We cover it all in this module.

Drowning

Drowning looks very different to what the media tells us it does!

We discuss the key points that we need to know in order to identify that an individual is struggling in water.

 

Co-occurring conditions

Nearly three quarters of people on the autism spectrum have another co-occurring condition.

We talk through the most common co-occurring conditions you might see in your participants.

Sensory needs

Varying sensory needs will impact not only how your participant is feeling, but their ability to learn.

It is therefore imperative that you feel confident in your knowledge of what sensory needs may present themselves, and what strategies you can employ to support the varying sensory profiles and needs of participants.

Wandering

Wandering (also known as absconding, fleeing or elopement) is much more likely to occur in certain population groups that we support.

It’s often step one in the drowning process. As such, it’s so important that everyone understands how this can be prevented, and what information everyone involved needs to know.

Children & vulnerable adult protection

Working with children as well as those with a disability means two vulnerable population groups at once.

You therefore may need to reconsider your current policies and whether they address all possible risks.

Learning Outcomes in Year Two

Building rapport

Building rapport is often incredibly rushed, or even overlooked entirely. It is a vital part of engaging with your participant and helping them achieve their aquatic goals. Let's break down the process into more detail.

Sensory breaks

What are sensory breaks, why do we use them and how do we incorporate them into our sessions?

Water therapy terminology

In order for our participants to receive the therapeutic benefits of water, we need to clearly understand what we're striving for, including using the right terminology.

Teaching new skills

Let’s hear from the experts in terms of what they focus on and the key considerations when teaching new skills to our participants; ensuring their needs, preferences and goals are at the forefront.

Water therapy

This obviously needs to be a huge focus especially with anxiety levels and sensory challenges being so prominent in many of our participants. Here we talk through specific drills and reasons for each of these.

Socialisation

When and how do we transition our participants who are having 1:1 sessions to small groups?

Is this the goal for everyone?

Visual scheduling

By now, you will have the visual scheduling basics.

However, we build upon these with additional considerations and preferred to non-preferred ratio.

Monitoring progress

Progress is going to look different for all participants.

How do we set goals, measure progress and report on this progress, in a way that works for everyone’s needs?

Key water safety skills

As Water Safety is one of our three focus areas, it’s essential that we target these in our sessions, and know how to do so in ways that are most conducive to how our participants learn. Remember, water safety needs to be a goal before learn to swim is.

Video case studies

It's important that we hear from both providers and parents.

In this module we share some case studies to hear the learnings of others.

Increasing engagement

One of the most common challenges that our participants face is maintaining engagement levels.

In this module you will learn specific strategies for how to increase and maintain engagement in your sessions.

 

Learning Outcomes in Year Three

Working with adults

This module provides tips and strategies to support you in working with adults, as well in-depth tips on session plan considerations.

Sensory-based sessions

This module expands on understanding the impact of sensory processing on learning, and identifies tools that can be used in a sensory toolkit to meet the needs of all participants.

The ALERT program

This module covers what self-regulation is, an introduction to cognitive tools that assist participants in increasing their own self-regulation capacities and how to incorporate this in an individualised way.

Task analysis

Breaking down a task analysis and explanation of the 'Just Right Challenge', as well as relevant examples of how to incorporate this in sessions in a practical way.

Self-care

Helpful tips and the importance of stress management and practical strategies to ensure maintenance of self-care.

Early intervention

The importance of early intervention will be reinforced, and the key elements of an early intervention will be reinforced, and the key elements of an early intervention aquatic session will be broken down and thoroughly explained.

Group settings

The benefits of group work, the skills required to best enables participation in a group setting and how to address individual goals and concerns within a group setting.

Dyspraxia and ADHD

An in-depth look at dyspraxia and ADHD, and how these conditions may impact our participants in sessions. Also covering ways in which we can support them to enable success.

Perfectionism and negative self talk

What perfectionism is, and what it might look like in the water, as well as the best ways to support these participants.

Marketing your services

10 helpful strategies to best market your service.

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