The Challenge

Swimming legend Michael Klim is calling on you to dive in and make waves to see how far you, your family or your team can swim from 1-31 March 2023. You choose your challenge distance and let's swim 34,000 kilometres around Australia to raise money for children with brain injuries and illness.

Is it the Grand Canal in Venice at 3 kms, Whitehaven Beach at 7kms, Sydney Harbour at 19 kms, English Channel at 37 kms, Dead Sea at 50 kms, around Santorini at 69 kms, Panama Canal at 82 kms or swim to Papua New Guinea at 150kms?  Or pick your own goal.


Set your own,
your family's or team's
distance goal


Get training tips from Michael Klim, share your challenge and start fundraising

Swim +

Swim safely in your local pool, river, lake or ocean from 1-31 March 2023. Record the distance swum and upload to your profile


Keep watching to see how far we have swum around Australia - it's a team effort to swim 34,000KM!

The Cause

"Swimming has given me my purpose, motivation, challenges and reward in life. With my diagnosis of neurological condition CIDP, it is time to harness swimming to raise awareness of the neurological conditions that affect me and thousands of Australian children and raise funds to build the resilience and strength they and their families need through their life changing journey." - Michael Klim

Ten children a day are diagnosed with neurological conditions or acquired brain injuries. They, and their families, will never be the same again. They face financial hardship through losing a breadwinner to be the 24/7 carer, social isolation, exhaustion, guilt, family breakdown and frustration with the health and disability systems.

Started by one of these parents in 1994, Brainwave Australia is the only charity to support these children and their families nationally to live the best lives they can through information and advice, networking with other parents, funding of therapy and equipment and family activities. Today, we support over 1,000 families across the country and have partnerships with all the children’s hospitals.

Learn more at www.brainwave.org.au

Our Sponsors

Founded in 2004 by dual Olympian Toby Haenen, ENGINE is a wholly owned Australian company and one of the world’s leading swimwear brands, with creative and cultural roots set deep in swimming & surfing heritage. Co-Director and triple Olympic medallist Andrew Lauterstein leads the way as managing partner of its Melbourne bayside headquarters.

For over 30 years, Intrepid has been creating positive change through the joy of travel. They are the world’s largest purpose-led adventure travel brand.

They give back to local communities to positively affect the environment, having a powerful impact on the planet and its people.

Smartways have been supporting Brainwave Australia since 2016 through sponsoring our 'Bear Essentials' Program enabling the delivery of our essentials care packs, including a Brainwave Bear, to children's hospitals nationally. 

Smartways provide bespoke logistic services for the global healthcare industry.