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“I took the road less travelled by, and that made all the difference!”

-Robert Frost
His Story ………

His Story ………

Why Aatman is supporting Shubham ….

Shubham  Vanmali is a young boy who has taken the road less travelled by others, inspite of his own challenges and the myriad obstacles that came throughout his journey!

An open water marathon swimmer with extraordinary courage and conviction, Shubham is all set to achieve what no Indian, infact no Asian swimmer has ever attempted; an assisted swim from Goa to Mumbai covering a distance of approximately 413 kms. in a span of 11 days. This feat will be noted by the Guinness Book of World records.

But what makes us, more than happy to be associated with Shubham, is not just his indomitable spirit as a swimmer, but his inspiring and bold resolve to swim for a cause!

A cause that aligns with Aatman Academy’s very existence…. Specific Learning Disabilities (SLD).

Shubham was diagnosed with Dyslexia and Dysgraphia while he was studying in Grade VIII. This was a huge set-back in his life at that point in time, as he had to put in far more efforts to focus on his grades, and this began affecting his swimming lessons. But he didn’t let it pull him down! He persevered and worked hard with grit and determination.

Today, as he prepares for a feat of a lifetime, Aatman Academy stands by him to support him in every possible way.

The ‘oceans are calling’ Shubham, and like the students of Aatman, we can hear him say this out loud and proud… “I’ve willed it, I’ll buiLD it!”

Shubham’s successful milestones in Open Water swimming

Shubham’s successful milestones in Open Water swimming

Shubham has created another open water swimming record at False Bay in Cape Town - South Africa one of the toughest open water swims in the world.

The first Asian and 10th swimmer in the world to swim across False Bay, South Africa Apr 2023

First Indian to do a marathon assisted swim of 140 kms from Mumbai to Dahanu swimming for 4 days (2021)

Round Trip Angel Island- Marathon Swim, San Francisco (2018) First Indian and youngest in the world

Gateway of India to Dharamtar (2018)

Loch Erne National Irish Championship – Gold Medalist (2016)

Grand Dublin Race 10 kms - Gold Medalist (2016)

The Manhattan Marathon Swim -Triple Crown of Open-Water (2015)

The Catalina Channel -African Triple Crown (2015)

Strait of Gibraltar -Fastest Asian Swimmer (Limca Book of Records) (2014)

English Channel – World’s Youngest Male Swimmer (2014)

Dharamtar to Gateway of India (2014)

How can you help us

Shubham’s big feat of swimming from Goa to Mumbai covering a distance of approximately 413 kms which is also a “#swimforacause”, cannot be achieved without your robust support! His achievement will be in the Guinness book of world records and by supporting him you will be part of this historical event too! Join us to raise funds for Shubham. We make an appeal to one and all to support him as he creates history!

All donations to this event will be 80G exempt.

You can send your support funding to:

Bank:  HDFC Bank
Account Name: Aatman Educational Society
Account no.: 02761450000126
Branch: Vasant Vihar Branch
IFSC Code: HDFC0000276