Autism Swim Australia


Autism Swim is a certifying body for a number of organisations Australia-wide. Swimming Instructors are provided with ongoing training, support and consultancy; to ensure that they are equipped with the necessary skills and knowledge to effectively support and teach individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder, in relation to all things swimming and water safety.

If you or your service are looking to become certified as an Autism Swim Provider or Instructor and would like to know what you receive as part of this certification, drop us a line at

Swimming Consultancy and Training

Autism Swim offers swimming and water consultation for those with Autism Spectrum Disorder, Australian-wide. This involves working with families, schools, swimming coaches, supported accommodation settings and individuals to develop programs and offer recommendations.

Goals are established at the outset and resourcing can be provided to achieve these goals; resources may include visual mediums, education packages and data collection templates. We then keep in close contact to track progress and offer support along the way.

Autism Swim also offers training sessions in a number of locations around Australia. Training and consultancy includes, but is not limited to: Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), how the ASD brain acquires skill-sets, water safety, the development of swimming skill sets, building water confidence and working through behaviours of concern in the water.

Surf Life Saving Programs and Training

Autism Swim works with a range of SLSC’s around Australia, providing training, resources, programs and coordination of modified nippers programs and surf holiday camp programs.

We focus on four key areas:

  1. Water Safety/Drowning Prevention
  2. Water Therapy
  3. Swimming Skill-Sets; and
  4. Generalising these skills to different bodies of waters (beach, lakes etc)

Many of the programs are based on Applied Behaviour Analysis (ABA). The only interventions that have been shown to produce comprehensive, lasting results in autism have been based on the principles of Applied Behaviour Analysis (ABA).

We combine elements of instructional control, discrete trial teaching, visual imagery, reinforcement programs, shaping programs and stimulus control programs to reach the desired outcomes. Lessons are tailored to the individual in accordance with their identified needs and goals. We make it our obligation for all of our lessons to not only be instructional but to also be fun for our participants.

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Chronic illness
Hearing loss and deafness
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Speech and language disorders
Visual loss and blindness

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