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Taking the Plunge

is a documentary film that focuses on the importance of knowing how to swim. The film highlights the S.O.A.P program (Strategies Overcoming Aquatic Phobias), created by aquatic therapist Jeff Krieger. The special aquatic program takes a unique approach in helping individuals who are frighten by being in or around water conquer their fear. It is our goal that this film will touch lives and truly serve as a motivator to increase swimmers in this country and hopefully help reduce the number of drowning deaths in the U.S.

Did you know?

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Nearly 3,600 unintentional drowning deaths occur annually in the United States. That averages to about ten people per day. Of these, two are children aged 14 or younger. (Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)

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Drowning is the #2 cause of unintentional deaths among children in the United States ages 1 to 14. (Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)

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Between 2005 and 2009, the unintentional drowning death rate for African Americans was significantly higher than that of whites across all ages.

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Fear of drowning (on the part of children and their parents) was the number one reason most minorities lack the ability to swim. (Source: National research study by the USA Swimming Foundation and the University of Memphis)

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Drowning still ranks 5th for cause of unintentional death among ALL AGES. (Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)

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In 2011, a total of 7488 Emergency Department visits were reported for nonfatal drowning, of which 3767 was hospitalized or transferred for further care. (Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)

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Children ages 1 to 4 have the highest drowning rates. (Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)

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Nearly 80% of people who die from drowning are males. (Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)

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If a parent does not know how to swim, there is only a 13 percent chance that a child in that household will learn how to swim. (Source: National research study by the USA Swimming Foundation and the University of Memphis)

 It is our goal that this film will help reduce the number of drowning deaths per year in the U.S. by motivating non-swimmers to take advantage of local resources and learn how to swim by obtaining the basic skills through the proper training.
Shawnelle KingDocumentary DirectorFRM

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