Splash for the Spectrum: Baby Otter Swim School’s Autism Awareness Initiative

Splash for the Spectrum: Baby Otter Swim School's Autism Awareness Initiative

At Baby Otter Swim School, we believe every child deserves the opportunity to learn vital water survival skills. That’s why we’re thrilled to announce our upcoming event, “Splash for the Spectrum,” running from April 29th to May 3rd, 2024. Partnering with WestGate Resorts, this special week-long initiative aims to raise awareness and support for children with special needs, particularly those on the autism spectrum.

April is Autism Awareness Month, a time dedicated to promoting understanding, acceptance, and inclusion for individuals with autism. Unfortunately, drowning remains the number one cause of death for children aged 1 to 4 in Florida, and children with autism are significantly more vulnerable to nonfatal and fatal drowning incidents. At Baby Otter Swim School, we’re committed to changing this statistic by empowering children with autism with essential water survival skills through our Turn, Kick, Reach (TKR) program.

During “Splash for the Spectrum,” participating children will embark on a transformative journey of learning and growth. Our state and nationally certified instructors will guide them through each stage of the TKR program, teaching them critical skills such as breath control, floating, swimming to safety, and what to do if they find themselves in water unexpectedly. With our loving approach, positive reinforcement, and structured five-day programs, we have achieved a remarkable success rate, with many children successfully completing every level of our curriculum and even joining the Florida Special Olympics Swim Team.

But we can’t do this alone. We need your support to make “Splash for the Spectrum” a resounding success. For only $675, you can sponsor a child and provide a life-long gift of swimming. If you are not able to give that much, any donation amount is greatly appreciated. Every donation, no matter how small, makes a meaningful difference in the lives of these children and their families. All donations are tax-deductible and will be received through the Baby Otter Scholarship and Education Fund, a 501c3 non-profit dedicated to teaching special needs, underprivileged children, and foster care children.

Our partnership with WestGate Resorts is a testament to our shared commitment to making a positive impact in our communities. Together, we’ve created a safe and supportive environment where children of all abilities can thrive and learn essential water safety skills. We’re immensely grateful for their continued support and collaboration in organizing this incredible event at their Westgate Lakes Resort.

As we come together to raise awareness and support for children with autism, let’s make a splash for the spectrum and ensure that every child has the opportunity to enjoy the water safely. Join us in this important mission and help us create a safer, more inclusive world for all. Together, we can make a difference, one splash at a time. Thank you for your generosity and support.