During summer, we hear more stories of child drownings and near drownings than we’d like. But this story isn’t about drowning at all! In fact, it’s a story about a very talented 16-month old girl, who, with her amazing swimming ability, has captured the virtual world by storm.
If you haven’t seen the video you will probably be amazed to see little Elizabeth in her a local pool. Because like a little fish, she skillfully swims across the pool, stopping every so often to turn on her back and take breath, just like she’s been taught.
Elizabeth was taught how to swim by an experienced lifeguard and a registered nurse with pediatric swim training experience. He says that she’s a “very determined little girl,” and very keen on swimming. So much so that Elizabeth actually shocked him when she decided to swim all the way across the pool.
“Elizabeth is a very determined little girl and sometimes she wants to roll over and breathe as she was taught and sometimes she wants to hold her breath the whole way,” he said on the video’s YouTube page.
“At no point do we force our child to do anything she is unwilling to try,” he said. “We are able to recognize infant/toddler fatigue in the swimming pool.”
And, of course, there are some very important safety precautions in place, just in case something does go wrong.
“I was 100% prepared to jump in at first sign of distress,” he said.
And, it sounds as if safety was the main reason behind taught his daughter how to swim.
“Please watch some of the other videos I’ve posted of her swimming and spread the word,” he said. “Teach your child how to swim because it only takes a moment for them to slip under and drown. Sometimes the difference between life and death can be six inches of water and their ability to flip over on their back and take a breath.”
However, he issues a warning to other parents wishing to teach (or have their children taught) how to swim.
“Please! Do not just throw your child in the water and expect them to swim,” he said. “That is both dangerous and a quick way to traumatize your child and scare them from ever swimming. ISR uses specialized techniques in training infants and toddlers.”
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