Swim teacher Brittany Owen puts Bibi Aiyah, Bibi Nargis, Garia Moosawi, Anaiatullah Mohammadi and Alisina Mohammadi through their paces during a learn to swim program supported by the Australia Afghan Hassanian Youth Association (AAHYA).
SWIMMING is the perfect way to to keep cool and stay active, says Australia Afghan Hassanian Youth Association (AAHYA) president Sayeed Karimi, however he added that water could also be dangerous.
He says that is why the AAHYA helped more than 250 children and young people from culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) communities take part in learn to swim programs over the past few years.
"All activities in the water expose a risk of drowning, but children are especially susceptible and swimming lessons from an early age can save lives," Mr Karimi said.
"Swimming has numerous other benefits, it is a low-impact form of exercise that provides a great alternative to sedentary activities like watching TV and playing computer games."
He added that it's also a sure-fire way to tire the kids out, as swimming provides a workout for the whole body and was also great for their minds.
"It can improve their mood and self-esteem," he said.
"Learning to swim early on will also reduce a child's fear of water, making pools and beaches less stressful environments.
"On top of all the other benefits of learning to swim, there's the fact that swimming is a skill for life."