Sunday 24 September 2017

Video: 16 month-old holds breath and swims full width of pool

Mark McConville

Mark McConville

MOST toddlers aged 16 months are learning to master the skills of walking - but not this kid.

She is concentrating on her water skills and can already swim unaided for a full width of the pool, holding her breath.

 

The young toddler is seen swimming with her head under the water and when she gets tired, flips over onto her back to get a breath back.

 

At one point the baby walks off the edge of the pool and swims the full width in one breath, to her parents amazement.

 

This incredible footage was shot by her father, named Adam BC on the Youtube link, who is a registered nurse. His wife was a life guard who taught swimming.

 

After a backlash from commentators on YouTube suggesting they forced their child to swim when she was tired, Adam BC responded, ‘'At no point do we force our child to do anything she is unwilling to try.

 

He continues, ‘'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 per cent prepared to jump in at first sign of distress.”

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