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Swim It Forward

Our research shows that more than half (55%) of all Australian children are not learning to swim due to the cost to enrol in lessons and in recent times over 8 million swimming lessons were missed due COVID-19.

In 2021 alone, twelve Aussie kids under 5 years old drowned. This is unacceptable.

We believe learning to swim is a lifesaving skill every child should receive regardless of income or ability and our aim is to help more children receive this vital education and lifelong skill.

Swim It Forward is an initiative to take the financial barrier out of the equation and get more disadvantaged Australian families enrolled in swimming lessons at their local swim school.

For every child we help place into a learn to swim program, the more we lower the risk of drowning deaths and grow confidence in our kids to love swimming and the water.

With your help we will radically improve the number of children learning to swim and make a big difference in preventing drownings.

How can you help?

You have the power to be a HERO!

You can register below as a fundraising champion and get your very own online fundraising page to collect donations for the campaign.


You can swim it forward and donate lessons to make swimming a child's superpower!

$20 will provide one lesson to a child

$200 will provide a child with lessons for one term

$800 will provide a child with lessons for a whole year

Please make your tax-deductible donation today and help a child to Swim it Forward!

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Did you know your donation to this project is tax deductible?

The Australian Sports Foundation (ASF) is the only deductible gift recipient for sport in Australia. This means that donations of $2 or more to approved projects on our website are tax deductible.

Shortly after making your donation, you’ll receive an official receipt from the ASF that you can use in your income tax return.

If you have any questions about your donation, please visit https://asf.org.au/faqs

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