“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 of Waterphobias, LLC. The special aquatic program takes a unique approach in helping individuals who are frighten by being in or around water conquer their fear. This film will touch lives and truly serve as a motivator to increase swimmers in this country and help reduce the number of drowning deaths in the United States.
During the film we follow three women on their journey to conquer their fear of water and learn how to swim, one a mother who lost three of her children to a tragic drowning incident on a river. Will aquatic Jeff Krieger be able to help these women overcome their fear? a task that traditional learn-to-swim programs were unsuccessful at achieving.
This film will follow each woman on their personal journey and reveal whether or not they were able to Take the Plunge into the deep water alone showing the world that any and everybody (no matter their age, race, height, weight, gender) can truly attain the life-saving ability to swim.
The film also talks with various authorities within the United States aquatic world to discuss options that states and local government can utilize to prevent the silent epidemic of drowning that continues to take the lives of our youth daily. We believe by motivating non-swimmers to take advantage of local resources to learn basic swimming skills through the proper training, we can change our future.
Taking the Plunge will help debunk this fear of swimming and encourage those who view it to overcome their fear of water. The ultimate goal of this film is to reduce the number of drowning deaths. We believe that by motivating non-swimmers to take advantage of local resources to learn basic swimming skills through the proper training, we can change our future.
Since there is no age limit for swimmers (babies to elderly) there is a NEED for all groups to learn how to partake in the one sport that you can truly enjoy your entire life.
Risks and challenges
There's no doubt that everybody knows at least ONE PERSON who doesn't KNOW HOW TO SWIM. But, do they truly know the reason WHY? If you ask them, then that person will most likely say fear of... Whatever the fear, whether it be of drowning? of getting your face wet, etc? This film will help them let go of that anxiety, that nagging fear of getting into the water.
Travel is HIGHLY important to ensure the completion of this film as most of our interviewees reside outside of the New York City area and their participation provides authenticity to our topic.
The specific challenges that this documentary presents are challenges of funding. Elements such as obtaining licensing permission to use stock footage of archived newscasts from mainstream media outlets and their affiliates such as ABC, CBS, and FOX is very costly. Clearance costs for usage of archival/stock footage which covers news clips per second can be an average cost as high as $10,000 per 6-seconds. The cost for archival footage is COSTLY but the use of them is imperative. The news clips will visually show the nationwide impact this silent epidemic is having on the United States and how important it is for this nation to address this issue with hopes of reducing the number of drowning deaths in this country.
Despite these costs, we're still pushing forward by the grace of God. Even if it requires us to drive across country to beat flight costs and film our subjects. Please help us complete this project... We believe in our project and are truly excited about what it can and hopefully will do for aspiring swimmers everywhere.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
- (30 days)