It could safely be said that the theme song for the kids at Aquatic Achievers is We are the Champions.
What else would you have to describe a group of children who have conquered one of the toughest challenges they’ve physically faced – a one kilometre swim?
Some 465 children achieved gold at the Achiever’s Gold 1km Swim event earlier this month, proving to themselves they have what it takes to be a champion.
The event, hosted at the Sleeman Sports Complex, saw parents line up to cheer on their kids who have dedicated themselves to not only learning new swimming techniques, but being safe in the water.
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The youngest to make it to the final touch was just four-and-a-half years old.
Aquatic Achievers spokesman Ryan Cox said the young age goes to show how valuable swimming is.
"This is a chance for kids of such a young age to shine, showing everyone how capable they have become in the water. It's easy to underestimate their will to succeed," Mr Cox said.
"A four-year-old achieving this milestone, proves it's valuable to start lessons young. It's important to ensure your young child is safe and confident in the water."
While many sports are dependent on teams, running at select times and are seasonal, swimming is anything but. Swimming is an all year round sport, and being a sport they participate in as individuals there is no reliance on a team.
With a fully enclosed facility kids can maintain the healthy benefits of swimming all year, without risking skills regression across traditional winter breaks.
"Kids can improve their skills and safety at a faster rate over time through staying in lessons consistently," Mr Cox said.
“The best part is that it is a sport which can fit around you and your child’s schedule. We offer times seven days a week, simply find a time which suits you.”
Aquatic Achievers starts swimming lessons for children as young as as three months, with research showing starting at a young age teaches kids basic skills which could save their lives.
Experts say that babies who swim at an early age tend to be more relaxed and confident in the water than those who start later.
Formal lessons have shown to reduce the risk of drowning in children aged one to four by more than 85 per cent.
Aquatic Achievers is proud to have developed the Solo-1 swimming program, which teaches kids essential skills, and progresses them through the program level by level.
It starts with a focus on safety, then independence, freestyle fundamentals before readying them for longer distances, working their way up to mastering the 1km. It has proven to offer students progress at a faster rate than other programs out there.