The Swim Kid

We follow sixteen year old Dan Canta on his ambitious quest to become the youngest Australian male to swim the English Channel.
English born to Romanian parents, Dan was raised in Australia by his mother and was always encouraged to pursue his dreams.

His journey began at the age of fourteen when he made the announcement that he will attempt one of the most difficult open water swims in the world.

Inspiration came in the form of fellow Brighton Grammar School teenager Robert Connor Dawes who passed away following a sixteen month battle with an ependymoma brain tumour. Dan learned what true courage and strength was and would dedicate his swim to Connor and help raise money for the Robert Connor Dawes Foundation.

Motivated by his mother Doina and by the inspirational feats of his trainer and world renowned elite marathon swimmer John van Wisse, Dan devotes his life to preparing for the swim.

As one of the youngest members of the 'Brighton Icebergers' he braves the freezing waters of Port Phillip Bay in a gruelling two year training regime.

Dan draws on the incredible stories from swimming veterans Don Riddington, Grant Siedle, Rob Macaulay and Paul Hoffman to help mentally prepare for the crossing.

'The Swim Kid' is a story of internal strength, a battle of the mind, body and soul, and a will to succeed against all odds.

Will he make it?....


  • Damian Visser
  • Matt Scully
  • Dan Canta
    Key Cast
  • Doina Canta
    Key Cast
  • David Canta
    Key Cast
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  • Genres:
    Sport, Swimming, Adventure
  • Runtime:
    1 hour 20 minutes 10 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    November 2, 2016
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  • Country of Filming:
    Australia, United Kingdom
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    Digital, Blackmagic, RAW
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  • Student Project:
  • Charity Fundraiser Screening (RCD Foundation)
    November 9, 2016
    Melbourne Premiere
Director Biography - Damian Visser

A country boy at heart, Damian has always had a desire to create. His first foray into filmmaking was a high school project with fellow director Matt that involved many hours of shooting around their home town of Murtoa, only to have their footage chewed up by a VHS player.

A career as a graphic designer followed working with clients from a wide variety of industries from London to Melbourne. However, there was always a pull towards filmmaking and a need to capture interesting and meaningful stories. An insatiable desire to always produce his best work is complimented by his relaxed, easy going nature, making it easy for him to adapt to any situation.

As a co-founder of Akkordien, Damian has gone on to direct many videos from a wide variety of industries including his first feature documentary The Swim Kid in which truly showcases his creativity and style.

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