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A Courageous Journey to Eliminate the FEAR of Being in or Around Water.
A Courageous Journey to Eliminate the FEAR of Being in or Around Water.
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The area were Shreveport rescue divers pulled ashore the bodies of six teens after they drowned to death in the Red River.
The area were Shreveport rescue divers pulled ashore the bodies of six teens after they drowned to death in the Red River.
During the summer of 2010 in Shreveport, LA, six teens drowned to death in the Red River as their parents stood along the riverbank watching... unable to help because they did not know how to swim.
During the summer of 2010 in Shreveport, LA, six teens drowned to death in the Red River as their parents stood along the riverbank watching... unable to help because they did not know how to swim.

“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.  

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)
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)

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.

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)
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)

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.

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)
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)
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)
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)

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.

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    A Great Big Thank You on our website PLUS Digital Package containing downloadable tools to show off your support, including our logo and a PDF poster. Let your friends and family know that you support the idea of everyone “Taking the Plunge."

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    All of the above, plus you’ll receive a digital download of the Documentary (in HD) when it's released to everyone.

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    All of the above plus a DVD copy of the Documentary and an authentic “Taking the Plunge” MESH SWIM BAG to accompany you during your aquatic ventures.(International backers please add $15 for Shipping).

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    All of the above, plus an authentic “Taking the Plunge” SILICON DOME SWIM CAP to carry inside your mesh bag.

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    All of the above plus an authentic “Taking the Plunge” SWIM TOWEL to carry inside your MESH BAG with your SWIM CAP.

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    You’ll get a customized “Taking the Plunge” swimsuit to accompany all of the above. All we need to know is if you’re male or female and what size you wear to ensure your swimsuit fits properly. This is limited only to Kickstarter Backers.

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    You'll get an "Associate Producer Credit" in the Documentary, in addition to all of the above. That’s right, Big Shot Producer, we're talking to you! And, of course you get an authentic “Taking the Plunge” SWIM TOWEL to carry inside your MESH BAG with your SWIM CAP... DVD and the movie poster too.

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    A Co-Producer Credit (that’s your name guaranteed on screen within the first two minutes of the film). PLUS An Invitation for You and a Guest to attend the Premiere, date/location TBD. (Hotel and Transportation not included) Just like one of those big time Hollywood premieres...but without the big time Hollywood stuff. PLUS, you still receive other cool stuff like the authentic “Taking the Plunge” SWIM TOWEL to carry inside your MESH BAG with your SWIM CAP... DVD and the movie poster too.
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    An Executive Producer Credit in the Documentary PLUS, all of the fun stuff mentioned above including an invitation for YOU and THREE Guests to attend the Premiere and sit with crew members, date/location TBD. (Hotel and Transportation not included). You will receive your cool stuff like the authentic “Taking the Plunge” SWIM TOWEL to carry inside your MESH BAG with your SWIM CAP... DVD and the movie poster on site at the premiere with other goodies and gift bags.

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    An Executive Producer Credit in the Documentary PLUS an Interview with You (or a person of your choice) to share your personal swimming experiences. The interview will be included in the Supplemental Material. You'll be a permanent part of this documentary! PLUS, all of the fun stuff mentioned above including an invitation for YOU and THREE Guests to attend the Premiere and sit with crew members, date/location TBD. (Hotel and Transportation not included). This is limited only to Kickstarter Backers. **Location will be a factor with this reward. We will update you as to our schedule and locations as we travel across the country during the filming of the documentary in the hopes that we may be near you. If our locations do not allow for this, you may either choose to visit New York City (on your own expense) or conduct a Skype interview. You will also receive your cool stuff like "his and hers" plunge swim suits, the authentic “Taking the Plunge” SWIM TOWEL to carry inside your MESH BAG with your SWIM CAP... DVD and the movie poster on site at the premiere with other goodies and gift bags.

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