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     In 1937 swimming coach Fred Lounae came to Georgia Tech. Nicknamed Crankshaft, he developed a course in drownproofing that was soon required for graduation. If you've never heard of this class, it's time.

     The class gained nationwide recognition in 1958. It was so successful at teaching survival skills that it won the attention of the US Naval Academy and West Point, and became standard training for new recruits.

     Drownproofing was dropped from the curriculum in 1988. Today, we have other classes to worry about that are much more difficult.

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