Anton Stumer Junior Open Water Scuba Diver age 10

Conquer Autism Disorder in early age

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The conquer of curing disorders in early ages.

I am one of the proudest mothers of the world with how my son has developed.
My son has been diagnosed with a high spectrum of autism disorder.
In the past three years, my son got challenged with Father dying on cancer because of the disorder is different, he has high social intelligence. He is too honest, knowing people with who they are, makes him hard to adapt with peers and adults.
My son has problems focusing in school, writing and finishing tasks, even riding a bike not to crash into the next tree, focusing ahead. He wasn’t able aware of the danger surrounding him, like cars etc.
Daily Crossing the road I had to hold his hand for safety reasons, if I didn’t hold his hand, just standing next to me, he would even be aware of me moving over the road, basically just following me is a hassle in the shopping centre.
He just reminds me of a lost duckling in the back of mums cue, not able staying in a group, gets lost all the time and puts himself in danger.
Most Autistic children feel safer underwater, it calms them.
Because of my daughter’s wishes Two years ago I started scuba for kids.
My son is absolutely the underwater scuba pro, from smiling diving past me with a flooded scuba mask and clearing the mask as it would be nothing.

His first danger awareness was Two years ago, with his first dives in the pool.

My pool cleaner has been driving behind me and my students, he reacted in an instant, in the first time Anton realised the danger, he was warning me looking ahead not crashing into the pool cleaner with my scuba tank.
I realised out of first hand, that underwater he is more aware of his surroundings than above.
The next two years I have been on and off diving with him in the pool and just recently achieved his PAPI Junior Open Water Diver. He is the youngest license diver with an age of ten!!
A couple of weeks ago at the shopping centre car park, I walked with my son along to cross the road. I haven’t seen the car coming, and it was my son holding me back to tell me to ,, -watch out for that car’’ mum !
I can see a highly link improvements through scuba, that somehow the child’s brain has developed a link awareness from underwater to above.
This achievement has a bright future for my son. Being to recognise safety and awareness around him, I see no doubt anymore, that he is able to learn to drive a car when he meets the legal age.
Unfortunately, NDIS doesn’t support spectrum high autism order in children. It’s hard for a mother to get the right support with children they are high functioning.
It’s is in my belief it takes a whole town to raise a child, we need to support each other to give our children the best development they need able to conquer life.
My business passion is to give all children the best head start in life. As I do it for mine, I can tell you I do this out of the passion of
Love to improve life, not for making a high income.
I am soo happy I invested in Scuba for kids, it gave my son a brighter future.

Why Swimming should be the first sport for any child

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My job is my passion, my message to you!

I developed the Early Learn to Swim and Survive Program to teach children to learn to swim quicker, to be confident in the water, and to be able to survive. In Germany, I worked as a Lifeguard and due to being a mum with two children, I have experienced how frightened children can be around water. It all takes time to instil confidence. I am absolutely passionate about my mission as a Royal Life Saving Trainer and Swim Coach to give your child a keen awareness of how they can enjoy the water and be safer at the same time.


Most noteworthy swimming is a life skill. In my opinion, swimming should be the first sport a child should learn. The drowning rate in Queensland for under five-year-olds is pretty high because of the Australian lifestyle we live, such as living next to the beach, creeks, rivers, lakes or because of pools in our backyards.


Even more, how beneficial is swimming to a child’s development? The Griffith Institute for Educational Research recently revealed that children who learn to swim from a young age reached many developmental milestones earlier than other children the same age. Some of these milestones included visual-motor skills such as cutting paper, colouring-in and drawing lines and shapes, mathematical-related tasks, literacy and numeracy.


Certainly, Children in Airlie Beach Queensland need to be ready for school at the age of five. They need to be able to concentrate, listen, to be apart of a group, follow directions and rules. Other character building skills such as learning to trust others and losing separation anxiety, learn to have fun with children of the same age, learning to cope with new skills, getting confident with what they are able to do, to learn not to give up – even if it is hard – are important to their development.

Above all milestones are included in our ‘Learn to Swim Program’. This gives your child a better head start for school. If you have questions, please do not hesitate to contact me, I have over 20 years experience in early childhood sports coaching.

Annika Grunwald

Owner of the Airlie Beach Swim Centre

Learn to Swim in the Whitsundays