Sink or Swim: Learning the Crawl in the Maldives

53 MINS2015TVG
Jon Bowermaster
Many people who live surrounded by ocean - just a few feet above sea level - never learn to swim. In May 2014, National Geographic "ocean hero" Jon Bowermaster organized a learn-to-swim camp on the island-nation of the Maldives for fifty third graders and twenty of their burka-clad mothers. In a place more threatened by global climate change and rising sea levels than almost anywhere on the planet, it is particularly important that its residents understand what?s at risk. Diving into the ocean is a big first step toward protecting what we know.