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Freaky-deaky swimming British babies clip

posted at 2:24 pm on December 4, 2012 by

Nine-month-old twins can backstroke across a pool:

Like most babies Ellie and William Trykush cannot to sit up, crawl or walk on their own, but amazingly they can swim the entire length of a 25m pool unaided.

Proud first-time parents Vic and Charley Trykush did not think their babies had a special talent, until they took them to parent and baby swimming classes for the first time.

Charley said: “I thought all babies could do it.

“It wasn’t until we came to swimming lessons and people got so excited about it that we realised just how unusual it was and how clever they were.”

I know very young babies often exhibit certain reflexes that look a lot like swimming prowess, but this seems to be quite a bit more than that.

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Let’s hope their toilet training is similarly advanced.

lexhamfox on December 4, 2012 at 2:29 PM

thanks MKH…this video actually made me smile :)

CoffeeLover on December 4, 2012 at 2:31 PM

Such calm, sweet little ones! It looks like they enjoy swimming, which is what is most important, IMO.

chelie on December 4, 2012 at 2:47 PM

How is this unheard of? A lot of babies can swim. I think we forget how to swim and have to re-learn it later.

lester on December 4, 2012 at 2:57 PM

How is this unheard of? A lot of babies can swim.

lester on December 4, 2012 at 2:57 PM

Not exactly an expert in swimming are you? Show us another “baby” like that who can swim…those babies flipped over, breathed, very unusual.

right2bright on December 4, 2012 at 3:04 PM

Maybe they can fly, too. Won’t know until you try…

trubble on December 4, 2012 at 3:07 PM

Maybe they can fly, too. Won’t know until you try…

trubble on December 4, 2012 at 3:07 PM

So very wrong. Funny, but wrong. LMAO

GWB on December 4, 2012 at 3:15 PM

Most babies should have no problem swimming. They have high fat to muscle/bone mass ratios. Fat floats as does the lungs.

It is more a point that parents do think water is a huge risk to children.

astonerii on December 4, 2012 at 4:26 PM

Someone should make an album cover out of this…oh wait.

Nick_Angel on December 4, 2012 at 4:27 PM

The breaststroke is not performed face-up, but face-down. And where was the swimming? I saw floating, but no swimming in that video. The babies were cute, and it is impressive they can flip themselves over and float with such ease, but I didn’t see any swimming. Air moving over the water and waves that push the babies along does not count as swimming.

NotCoach on December 4, 2012 at 4:42 PM

It is more a point that parents do think water is a huge risk to children.

astonerii on December 4, 2012 at 4:26 PM

If a baby can’t flip over it is a huge risk.

NotCoach on December 4, 2012 at 4:43 PM

It is more a point that parents do think water is a huge risk to children.

astonerii on December 4, 2012 at 4:26 PM

You wash your hands after pulling stuff out of your a**?

Capitalist Hog on December 4, 2012 at 5:26 PM

bath time

Capitalist Hog on December 4, 2012 at 5:27 PM

lester on December 4, 2012 at 2:57 PM

You are correct, sir.

Babies float naturally and when submerged (they need help submerging because they’re like little floating corks), hold their breath instinctively.

I worked with infants as a pool swim and water safety instructor. I taught them the “rollover” method whereby I intentionally submerged the baby (in front of the parents, I might add) and they would float to the surface, role over on their backs and kick to a wall or steps.

It’s also true that fear of the water is a learned behavior. That’s why it’s so important to learn how to be water safe at the earliest age possible.

CliffHanger on December 4, 2012 at 5:39 PM

I didn’t see them swim. I saw them floating on their backs and randomly kick their legs every now and then.

ButterflyDragon on December 4, 2012 at 5:55 PM

my daughters were very comfortable in the water at this age. My middle one could dive to 4′ –hold her breath and come back up at this age or a bit older. Babies spend their first 9mos in water.

ted c on December 4, 2012 at 6:02 PM

It’s also true that fear of the water is a learned behavior. That’s why it’s so important to learn how to be water safe at the earliest age possible.

CliffHanger on December 4, 2012 at 5:39 PM

My daughter has been in the water (not constantly, of course, but close) since she was 7 months old. Sometimes I think she’s more comfortable in the water than out…

affenhauer on December 4, 2012 at 6:03 PM

Let’s hope their toilet training is similarly advanced.

lexhamfox on December 4, 2012 at 2:29 PM

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thanks MKH…this video actually made me smile :)

CoffeeLover on December 4, 2012 at 2:31 PM

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The video and lexhamfox‘s comment made me smile. : )

listens2glenn on December 4, 2012 at 6:34 PM

My son was swimming at 9 months. He was also running. I had him in a YMCA Swim & Gym program. It was a great experience!

Connie on December 4, 2012 at 8:21 PM

I didn’t see them swim. I saw them floating on their backs and randomly kick their legs every now and then.

ButterflyDragon on December 4, 2012 at 5:55 PM

Your poor observation skills do not detract from their innate abilities. They each self-propelled 25 meters.

How does it feel to be so lame that you need to badmouth a feelgood story about babies?

Capitalist Hog on December 4, 2012 at 8:46 PM

Your poor observation skills do not detract from their innate abilities. They each self-propelled 25 meters.
Capitalist Hog on December 4, 2012 at 8:46 PM

Really?

Where did you see that? (Claim =/= Fact)

mockmook on December 4, 2012 at 11:40 PM

right2bright on December 4, 2012 at 3:04 PM

This is old news. There were articles decades ago about taking babies in very early infancy and literally tossing them into pools. Very early on, we humans still have some instinct where we involuntarily recall not to inhale when we’re in a pool of fluid. Such babies can swim underwater and come up to breathe on their own.

Batteries not included.

Shy Guy on December 5, 2012 at 9:44 AM

Let’s hope their toilet training is similarly advanced.

lexhamfox on December 4, 2012 at 2:29 PM

It is. They float, too!

Shy Guy on December 5, 2012 at 9:45 AM

Not exactly an expert in swimming are you? Show us another “baby” like that who can swim…those babies flipped over, breathed, very unusual.

right2bright on December 4, 2012 at 3:04 PM

Well, plenty of infants swim and float.

LoganSix on December 5, 2012 at 9:57 AM