Empowering Adult Migrants Through Swimming!
From Zero to Hero is a transformative access model of social entrepreneurship dedicated to addressing the social gap by providing adult migrants with essential swimming skills, cultivating water confidence, and promoting water safety. We are committed to breaking barriers, fostering community, promoting social inclusion, cultural integration, and individual well-being.
Our mission is to empower individuals by providing access to swim training and water safety education, fostering a sense of belonging, confidence, and physical and mental fitness, thereby enhancing their overall quality of life.
Transforming Lives and Water Safety for Adult Migrants in Australia
In a country like Australia, surrounded by water, the ability to swim isn’t just a skill; it’s a fundamental aspect of safety, inclusion, and personal empowerment. Unfortunately, many adult migrants arrive in this beautiful country without this essential skill. Financial, cultural, and personal barriers often prevent them from accessing swim lessons, placing these individuals and their families at a significant disadvantage when it comes to water safety and participating in water-based activities, which are an integral part of Australian culture.
According to Royal Life Saving: “Swimming skills and water safety knowledge among overseas visitors is known to be less robust than those who have grown up in Australia. On average, 288 people drown in Australia each year, with around one in four people who drown being born overseas.”
- Founder’s Vision: From Zero to Hero was founded by Nadia Azizabadi, an inspirational individual who has experienced the transformative power of swimming firsthand. Her personal journey from a non-swimmer to a water sports enthusiast led to the creation of this program. Her dedication and passion serve as the driving force behind our mission.
- Ethical Contract of Kindness: We believe in fostering a supportive and inclusive environment where every participant is treated with kindness, respect, and dignity. Our Ethical Contract of Kindness is the foundation of our program.
- Pioneering Since 2017: We’ve been leading the way in providing specific programs for adult migrants since 2017, starting from Tasmania and expanding to other states. We empower individuals not only with swimming skills but also with confidence in their abilities.
- Industry Collaboration: Through partnerships with AUSTSWIM and having Nadia as AUSTSWIM certified trainer we can now train swim instructors from different community languages to not only addresses the shortage of swim instructors but also fosters a more inclusive and water-confident community.
Since our inception, From Zero to Hero has successfully empowered numerous adult migrants with the skills and confidence needed to enjoy the water safely. We’ve seen lives transformed as individuals overcome barriers and embrace a new world of aquatic possibilities. Our program has reached and enriched communities across Tasmania and recently in Victoria.
Through collaborations with local organizations and our dedicated fundraising efforts, From Zero to Hero has provided swimming lessons to over 100 refugees and individuals who lack the means to afford them independently. We firmly believe that water safety knowledge should be accessible to all, regardless of financial circumstances. This initiative was born from my personal experiences and my unyielding passion for swimming and improving my own aquatic journey.
Consequently, when establishing this program, I took great care to avoid repeating the mistakes I encountered on my own path with my students.
As a social enterprise, we are committed to expanding our reach and impact. Our vision extends beyond swim lessons. We aim to create a community that celebrates diversity, fosters inclusion, and promotes the joy of swimming. We envision a future where water-based activities are accessible to all, regardless of their background.
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Previous Programs & Collaborators
Through collaboration with community organizations, local schools, and swimming centers, “From Zero to Hero” has not only taught swimming but also facilitated the integration and well-being of diverse communities. Its success is evidenced not only in the newfound skills of participants but also in the establishment of a self-sustaining cycle of learning and contribution.
If you would like to explore collaboration opportunities with us, please do not hesitate to reach out. Your support can make a real difference in our mission to empower adult migrants through swimming and water safety education.
At FROM ZERO TO HERO, we are proud to collaborate with AUSTSWIM, the leading authority in swim education and training. This partnership reflects our shared commitment to promoting water safety, inclusivity, and excellence in swimming education.
From Zero to Hero has had the privilege of collaborating with Surf Life Saving Tasmania on multiple occasions to promote beach safety and water awareness among multicultural communities. Our partnership has yielded significant benefits, allowing us to expand our reach and impact. Here are some of our collaborative initiatives:
Meet The Beach Program (2018)
Multicultural Beach Day (2022)
From Zero to Hero holds Catholic Care Tasmania in high regard for their consistent support and unwavering belief in our mission since our establishment in 2017. Their partnership has been instrumental in our efforts to empower adult migrants through swimming and water safety education. Here are some of the remarkable collaborations we’ve had with Catholic Care Tasmania:
Men’s Wellbeing Program
From Zero to Hero has had the privilege of collaborating with Migrant Resource Centre Tasmania on multiple occasions, strengthening our commitment to empowering migrants and refugees through swimming and water safety education. Here are some highlights of our collaborations:
Refugee Week 2022
We are delighted to announce our collaboration with All About Scuba in Melbourne to offer all of our dive courses. This would let us offer sessions for try scuba diving for the first time, getting back into the diving world, or advance diving skills.
Exciting News for Hobart friends and students! From Zero to Hero Teams Up with Hobart Dolphins Masters Swimming Club.
National Joblink was working with us to assist people who entered into an “Ethical Contract of Kindness “ finding employment. Each fortnight NJL hosted support sessions helping our students look for work and doing related workshops.
Join Us in Our Journey!
We invite you to be part of our journey, whether as a participant, supporter, or partner. Together, we can make a positive difference in the lives of adult migrants and their families, and in the broader community. From Zero to Hero is more than a swim program; it’s a celebration of human potential, resilience, and the joy of swimming. Ready to dive in? Join us today!
BE THE HERO OF YOUR YESTERDAY!
Stories of Transformation & Feedback.
Hear from our heroes and inspire others by leaving us a review.
" I had an amazing experience with instructor Nadia at "From Zero to Hero". Nadia patiently guided me from beginner to intermediate and advanced levels. She gave me the confidence to swim in deep pools and taught essential water and beach safety. I highly recommend her for anyone looking to become a confident swimmer. Thanks, Nadia! "
" I couldn't be happier with the experience my wife had while learning to swim! After just a few classes, she gained so much confidence in the water, all thanks to the amazing trainer Nadia. The instructor's expertise and patient teaching style truly made a significant difference. My wife's progress was impressive, and I'm incredibly grateful for the positive atmosphere and supportive environment provided during the lessons. Highly recommend to anyone eager to learn swimming effectively and quickly! "
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
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