Dr MagroRecent 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.

Kerry Magro

Autism Advocate, Speaker, Best-selling Author

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Autism occurs in all racial, ethnic, and socioeconomic groups.

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Travelers with special needs take 32 million vacations every year

1 in 54 kids
1 in 54 children has been identified with autism.

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ASD has had a 600% increase in diagnoses in the last 20 years

Drowning is among the leading causes of death of individuals with autism (National Autism Association). With the IBCCES Autism Training for Lifeguards we aim to reduce that statistic. This training focuses on the latest research and best practices in autism and other cognitive disorders, including identifying swimmers with autism, safety needs, 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 rec facilities and more to be an inclusive and welcoming space for all guests including those with autism or other cognitive disorders.


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91% of all deaths for children with ASD were accidental drownings

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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Benefits of Certification:
  • Recognition as an industry leader
  • Access to a large under-served market
  • An increase in staff confidence and guest interactions
  • Listing on an international registry

Training Competencies:
  • Autism Overview and Understanding
  • Behavior Identification and Awareness
  • Safety and Communication Strategies
  • Parent Communication

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Learn more about the Autism Certificate Training for Lifeguards:

Fill out form below to get additional information about CAC process including lifeguard training