SINK OR SWIM, Learning to Swim in the Maldives

Jon Bowermaster | 2014 | 53 min.

2015 Official Selection

Like many corners of Planet Ocean, the Maldives suffer from a variety of ills, mostly manmade: Overfishing. Plastic pollution. Rising sea levels due to a warming ocean. Acidification. Despite living just a couple feet above sea level, many of the locals here never learn to swim. The One Ocean Media Foundation helped organize, and film, a unique learn-to-swim project on the remote Maldivian island of Eydafushi. Forty-eight third-graders and eighteen burka-clad mothers were able for a first time to see the water world below the surface. Teaching these incredible families to swim was a first step towards encouraging them to be even better guardians of their community.