Pattie Bio

Team Pattie Burns Swim Instructor

Pattie Burns


Pattie, a Central Florida native, has always loved the water. She was first introduced to survival swim lessons when she learned the rollback-to-float skill as an infant. Through continued lessons, she not only learned to swim, but also began snorkeling in the Florida Keys at age 3. Her love of the water led her to become a certified SCUBA diver and she now holds both Advanced Open Water and Enriched Air (Nitrox) certifications. Her diving experiences have taken her all over the world, to include exotic diving destinations such as the Great Barrier Reef and Bonaire.

When she isn’t in the water, Pattie is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA). In 2010, she graduated Magna Cum Laude from Rollins College with a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology. In 2012, she obtained her Master’s Degree in Applied Behavior Analysis from the Florida Institute of Technology and her BCBA in September of the same year. She has experience working with children and adults with various exceptionalities, including Autism Spectrum Disorder, Down Syndrome, Mitochondrial Disease, Traumatic Brain Injury, ADHD. In addition to providing Early Intervention services, Pattie has extensive experience teaching toilet training, sleep coaching, medical compliance, Alternative & Augmentative Communication (AAC), and reducing food selectivity. She is also a board-approved Behavior Analyst Certification supervisor for those seeking certification.

As a survival swim instructor, Pattie is able to blend her love of the water with her years of experience utilizing behavioral principles to teach new skills. As a graduate of survival swim lessons, she is an example of how these lessons not only teach the skills needed to survive an aquatic accident, but also how they can foster a life-long love of the water.