ARARAT - The Ararat YMCA Swimathon is back in 2013 and registrations have now opened for the fundraising event.
The YMCA Swimathon encourages people of all ages and abilities to dive in and swim laps to help give everyone in the community the chance to learn vital swimming and water safety skills.
It will be held at the Ararat YMCA on Sunday, March 3 from 10am to 11am.
As a national fundraiser, last year the event saw more than 1200 people participate across 69 pools and raise almost $110,000 for their local communities.
This year the Ararat YMCA wants to do its bit to raise more, to help more.
"The ability to enjoy water and learn to swim is an important life skill, just like reading or writing," Ararat YMCA centre director Janeen Williamson said.
"But what if you have a disability, come from a country where you may have never seen a pool before, or your parents can't afford lessons?
"We believe there should be no barriers to anyone being able to learn to enjoy and be safer in and around water. All money raised from the YMCA Swimathon will be reinvested in the local community."
People can dive in and register for the Ararat YMCA Swimathon at www.ymcaswimathon.org.au or ask at the Ararat YMCA.