Just born and ready to stand? No, it’s not horses, but babies in Iceland in this amazing swimming class.
Many babies love the water. But what about standing above it on mom’s hand in mid-air, or surfing on a flutter board above the waves?
It might seem like a stretch but Snorri Magnusson, a man from Iceland who teaches “baby swimming classes”, has babies performing what seems like the impossible.
Normally infants can’t stand up until they’re about 9 or 10 months old, but in Magnusson’s parent-and-baby swimming class, they’re doing that much earlier.
Babies as young as 3.5 months old can be seen standing unaided on their parents’ hand as they’re held above the water, or “standing” on a flutter board, balancing on top of it.
Can the babies do the same on land? It’s doubtful but accomplishing the feat in and on water is impressive. Magnusson says that the classes, which he’s been running since the 1990s, help to strengthen the infants’ spines and get them used to the water.
It’s not the first time adults have proven that babies can be smarter than we think, especially in the pool.
In the U.S, drowning is the #1 killer for kids between the ages of 5 and 18. In response to this sad and frightening statistic, the Infant Swim Resource Self-Rescue (ISR) program was started. By training your baby in ISR, you can save their life, should they ever fall into a pool or other large body of water, unattended.
Amazingly, infants can learn to swim and roll themselves onto their back, as well as call for help.
Watch this video to learn more about it.
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