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Old 11-02-2009, 08:36 AM
 
Location: southwest TN
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This is so important. My children and even grandchildren are grown and I didn't know there was such a program. I had taught my children basic floating before they were a year and I taught them to not be afraid of water on their face before that. When they were tiny infants, I used to take them into the shower with me for my daily shower many days. It got them comfortable with having water on their heads and faces and they never had that fear so when I started them in the tub, they never panicked if they fell, slipped, toppled over. We used to make it a game and blowing bubbles under water became a favorite.

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Old 11-02-2009, 09:57 AM
 
Location: Victoria TX
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Baby animals of all species are natural swimmers, and have no instinctive fear of water. Throw a newborn kitten or calf or kangaroo or giraffe or moose in the lake and it will swim.

Margaret Mead reported in Samoa that babies were thrown in the ocean as soon as their cord came off. They could swim perfectly, and never had to be taught to swim. Children there spend more play-time in the water than on land.

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