DESPITE the heat wave, the Australian Afghan Hassanian Youth Association forged on with their plan to start a swim school for refugees in Guildford this week.
"There was no plan to postpone these lessons," Sayeed G Karimi, president of the Auburn-based association, said poolside on Tuesday.
The temperature by noon, the start of their lesson, was 36 degrees.
"At home many of these children wouldn't have had airconditioning," Mr Karimi said.
"This is perfect for them.
"We had 36 children take part today, more yesterday."
"There are Afghani, Lebanese, Pakistani, Irani. Most are new migrants who have never had a chance to swim in a pool, some are asylum seekers.
"The idea is that we teach these young people [to swim] and then they can teach their friends. It will help with their confidence too."
Students from the eight-week program swam indoors on Tuesday while the first cohort, from back in 2008 when the association first thought up this program, swam outdoors.
Make a Splash was one of 30 projects to receive a share of more then $366,000 from the ClubGRANTS scheme last year.