Baby Swims Across Pool at Only 16 Months Old: Video Goes Viral
Baby Swims Across Pool, a video posted on YouTube nearly a year ago has recently become viral, reaching over 1.6 million views.
The baby swimming across the pool in the video is 16 month old Elizabeth who was trained by Infant Swimming Resource (ISR) instructors. ISR is an organization that encourages early swimming experience for toddlers.
Infant Swimming Resource reports that in 19 states, childhood drowning is the No. 1 cause of accidental death for children ages 4 and under. "But drowning is a preventable tragedy," their site states. "Our mission is to ensure that not one more child drowns."
According to a study conducted by Consumer Product Safety Commission, drowning claims roughly 400 lives of children under age 5 per year.
The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that children begin swimming lessons at age 4.
The father of Elizabeth who identifies himself as Adam BC on YouTube, also agrees that teaching your children to swim and save their life. "Teach your child how to swim because it only takes a moment for them to slip under and drown. Some times 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," Adam states.
Of course, once you put something out there in public, you will have haters or people questioning your parenting.
"Not sure how I feel about this," Chris Lawrence commented on the baby swimming video. "He's not even in the pool with her. And she said she's done but he makes her swim more, and she seems to be struggling for her breath."
And because you can hear that the toddler is still learning to talk, many viewers questioned if it was right for the parents to do have the baby swim across the pool.
"She looks like she's being forced to do this. Look at her face when she surfaces the first time," one commenter said.
Adam BC doesn't let comments discourage him and states in the video description, "At no point do we force our child to do anything she is unwilling to try. We are able to recognize infant/toddler fatigue in the swimming pool. Elizabeth is a very determined little girl and sometimes she wants to roll over and breath as she was taught and sometimes she wants to hold her breath the whole way. I was 100% prepared to jump in at first sign of distress."
He also adds, "Just so everyone knows, I am a registered nurse and my wife was a life guard for six years and taught swimming for three. Not only are we both professionally trained in CPR and water safety I am certified in advanced pediatric life support. The child in the video (Elizabeth) has been trained properly by ISR certified instructors."
He does warn, "Please! do not just throw your child in the water and expect them to swim. 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."
While there may be those that are going to critize these parents for teaching their child how to swim, there are others that praise them as well.
"Wow. Your daughter is absolutely amazing! Her lungs are going to be so well developed as she continues," a commenter said. "It's so awesome to see parents actively teaching their kids necessary skills like swimming. I'm in my 20s and only just learned how to swim two years ago. Awesome video! God bless!"
Baby Swims Across Pool
Baby Swims Across Pool video.