2-Year-Old Girl Swims Like an Olympian Already (VIDEO)

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toddler swimmingTaking a toddler to the pool can be a scary experience. When my son was 2, I armed him with floaties and goggles and obsessively hovered over him the entire time. Too overprotective? I didn't think so until I saw a video of a baby girl swimming on her own in a pool -- with no flotation device or parent in the water with her. I would be lying if I said there weren't some tense moments, but it's amazing to see.

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Her parents videotape her as she lets go of the edge and swims to the middle of the pool and back. When she's done, they don't reach in to pluck her out. Instead, they suggest she swim to the steps clear on the other side. It's tough for her. You see her struggle a bit, but she powers through. Take a look.

Many of us are reluctant to throw our toddlers into the deep end -- or even have them get into a pool without us on top of their every move. But this is proof just how capable even our littlest ones are. So cute. So impressive. Still, I have to say her parents are way more brave than I am. My son is now 4 and arguably a better swimmer than I am, yet I am still right in there with him.

Would you let your toddler do this on her own?

 

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They are right there. She's not on her own.

Lenor... Lenore411

Good for her parents for teaching her to swim!  I'd be a little nervous not right in the water because it's so deep, but who knows what sort of training they did.  And I agree, parents are right there.  I think it's a cute video and it shouldn't be opened to judgement, I wouldn't let my toddler do this because he's had zero swimming lessons.

flowe... flowerfunleah

My daughter is in those infant survival lessons as well and I think they're amazing! What great peace of mind for parents to know that their children are safe around water!

jaznrich jaznrich

My son is 2 1/2 and can also swim like that. We enrolled him in private swimming lessons. I would assume this girl has had the same training program based on how she turns over to rest and catch her breath just like he does. It isn't cheap, but in Florida we felt it was important.

madim... madimama22

Oh yea this is almost my daughter now! Shes 14 months old and loves the water. I have taught swim lessons since I was 14, (now 23) and the younger you start your kids in swimming the better. I taught a little boy who was 2 that did side breathing and arm circles like a pro. I had my 3/4/5 year olds in one class swimming all 4 strokes who all went on to swim teams!

magis... magisnotonfire

I wonder when they started lessons with her.

Christina Falconer

seriously, swim lessons!! my 3 year old is doing them at the Y, yes a little expensive but totally worth it!! I would recommend anyone with a pool to do this for your child! You can start them at 6 months old I believe.

MomOf... MomOf2AndAZoo

It's a good way to help your child learn how to save themselves in the water, just in case no one is around. I was never taught how to swim as a child & fell in a pond at the age of 10 and nearly drowned, and there were people there trying to help. Ever since then I have been terrified of drowning & haven't been able to overcome my fear enough to learn how to swim. I want to learn so badly, because it always looks like such fun when people are swimming on a hot day. But I just can't get both feet off the bottom when I'm in water that's chest level or higher. I want my children to learn how to swim so they don't have such a fear of deep water. I wish I could have taken them to classes to learn as babies, but there are no swim classes anywhere near where we live. So I have been trying to teach them on my own, which is kind of absurd in its own way since I can't swim :/

Veranda Baker

Of course I would. That is why there are swimming instructors to show you how to swim. Clearly she was taught well. I know grown people who don't know how.

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