Unfortunately, drowning is among the leading causes of death of autistic individuals (National Autism Association). The IBCCES Autism training and certification for aquatics professionals provides a deeper understanding of autism to enhance aquatics professionals’ ability to work with and assist autistic swimmer or others in an aquatic environment. The training provided with certification gives professionals a better understanding of autism, common behaviors or needs, safety awareness, and communication strategies. This training is a component of the Certified Autism Center™ Program which aims to train organizations such as water parks, amusement parks, park and recreation facilities and more to be an inclusive and welcoming space for all guests including those with autism or other cognitive disorders.

Certification Competencies

Autism Overview and Understanding

Behavior Identification & Awareness

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Safety & Communication Strategies

Caregiver Communication

Benefits of Certification

Recognition as an industry leader

Access to a large under-served market

Increase in staff confidence and guest interactions

Water & Autism Facts

  • 91% of all deaths for children with ASD were accidental drownings subsequent to elopement/wandering
  • Aquatic activities and hydrotherapy have been shown to increase social interaction, confidence, and independence in children with ASD
  • Recent reports show that children with ASD are 160 times more likely to die from drowning than the general population of children 
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  • Dr Magro

    Dr Kerry Magro, Autism Advocate, Speaker, Best-selling Author

    Recent studies have shown the prevalence of drowning incidents is on the rise for those with autism who wander from a safe environment. I applaud the efforts of groups who are making our loved ones more comfortable in the water with this initiative.

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