THE Wimmera's top cop will swim four kilometres to help make swimming lessons more affordable for people who need them.
Wimmera Superintendent Graham Kent, who is also YMCA Australia national council president, will participate in the 2013 YMCA Swimathon from 10am on March 3.
He has committed to swimming four kilometres at Horsham Aquatic Centre as part of the second annual nationwide fundraiser.
Mr Kent aims to raise $5000 this year; $2000 more than he did last year. He swam three kilometres for the fundraiser in 2012.
"It's about participation and raising awareness about what the YMCA does," Mr Kent said. "People can swim 50 metres or five kilometres.
"I wanted to push the distance out a bit further this year.
"Money raised will be returned to YMCA aquatic education programs in Horsham.
"It's about making swimming lessons more accessible for people who might not have those skills, such as new migrants, children with special needs or people who are unable to afford lessons."
Mr Kent said anyone could sign up to participate, no matter what their swimming ability.
"I'm trying to get my work colleagues to join in," he said.
The money will help pay for a standard pool hoist so people with disabilities can access a pool more easily, or it will enable about 170 children to receive a term of swimming lessons each.
Last year more than 1200 people participated in the fundraiser Australia-wide and raised almost $110,000 for YMCA swimming programs in their areas.