Autism Swim

The safety and wellbeing of CPA clients is at the centre of our practice. In line with direction from the Australian Government around COVID-19, this program is temporarily postponed until the risk of infection is reduced.

If you would like to be notified when this program is back up and running, please complete the form on this page.

In the meantime, you can access our exercise physiology and sports coaching sessions via our CPA Telepractice services.

Autism Swim

Mon 20 Jul 2020

ACT Scullin (Canberra)
21/7/20 to 30/6/205pm - 6.30pmEvery Week on Tuesday
23/7/20 to 02/7/205pm - 6.30pmEvery Week on Thursday
Allambie Heights Campus
25/7/20 to 19/12/208am - 12pmEvery Week on Saturday
20/7/20 to 21/12/2012pm - 5.30pmWeekdays

Swim safety program

Autism Swim is a 10-week swim safety program, specifically designed for people diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and other abilities. The program teaches participants how to be safe around water, while also increasing swimming skills.

All CPA instructors have received Autism Swim certification, giving them the resources, skills and support to effectively teach participants with ASD how to swim safely. Parents and carers will also be given the opportunity to learn practical skills to prevent wandering and drowning.

The program is suitable for children and young adults aged 7-25 years, and can be delivered 1:1 or in a small group format. Autism Swim is also tailored to meet each individual participants’ needs, goals and strengths.


What does it involve?

  • Swimming lessons
  • Water safety
  • Driwning prevention
  • Water therapy


Why is swimming so beneficial for swimmers with ASD?

  • Swimming can fulfil sensory needs in a low stimulation environment.
  • Swimming programs aim to increase an individual’s level of safety in aquatics environments through teaching specific skills and instilling confidence in the swimmer, which are potentially life-saving skills.
  • Frequent swimming can result in increased mobility, balance and coordination, as well as increased fitness, joint stability and muscle strength.
  • Swimming is a social and fun activity which can help individuals make new friends. Autism Swim recommends 1:1 lessons to begin with, to allow individuals to build their own water tolerance so they can progress to enjoying time spent with other swimmers.


Where is this program available?

  • CPA Allambie Heights
    • Monday - Friday 12.00-5.30pm, Captain Ron Patrick Memorial Pool
    • Saturday 8-12pm, Captain Ron Patrick Memorial Pool
  • CPA Canberra
    • Tuesdays 5-6.30pm, University of Canberra Rehabilitation Hospital Pool 
    • Thursday 5-6.30pm, YMCA Lakeside Leisure Centre, Greenway


Register your place today

Limited spaces available, call 1300 888 378, email or complete the registration form at the top of this page.

Groups and one-one-one sessions are term-based and will not run on public holidays. Dates and times are subject to change. 

This program can be funded by your NDIS package, under the following categories:

I’m interested

  • We will be in touch with you within an hour, Mon-Fri 9:00am – 5:00pm.


5 Ross Smith Crescent
Australian Capital Territory
187 Allambie Road
Allambie Heights
New South Wales

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