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|Session Name:||The Dolphin Swim Club: A Healing Underwater VR Experience|
|Speaker(s):||Benno Brada, Marijke Sjollema|
|Company Name(s):||The Dolphin Swim Club, The Dolphin Swim Club|
|Track / Format:||Healthcare|
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|Overview:||The Dolphin Swim Club is a nonprofit organization and project that uses the healing power of art and nature to craft therapeutic experiences in virtual reality. The organization developed waterproof VR goggles that allow users to swim in real water, with virtual dolphins, and experience real therapeutic effects. Founded in 2015 by artist Marijke Sjollema, the Dolphin Swim Club's unique VR content is currently being used in over 350 hospitals and healthcare institutions worldwide, and is present in several scientific studies at Stanford University, (Braveheart)'s Heeren Loo, and the University Medical Center in Groningen. By launching waterproof VR at the end of 2017, the Dolphin Swim Club has created an extra layer of immersion, as an animal friendly, cheap and repeatable alternative to dolphin assisted therapy.|