So a viral video has been spreading around various social media platforms recently. This video involves Adam Christensen’s 16-month old daughter, Elizabeth, swimming unassisted (without any aid or float) across the deep end of the pool. Yes, it is one of those beyond belief and perfect display of seemingly unlimited capability of babies to pick up new skills. If you haven’t seen the video yet, you can view it below or on YouTube:


Along with the video, Adam also wrote a rather elaborate disclaimer to ease any worries regarding the well-being of his child. “Just so everyone knows, I am a registered nurse and my wife was a life guard for six years and taught swimming for three. not only are we both professionally trained in CPR and water safety I am certified in advanced pediatric life support. the child in the video (Elizabeth) has been trained properly by ISR certified instructors,” he stated.

Aside from that, he went on to mention that they didn’t, at any point, force Elizabeth to perform something that she didn’t want to or isn’t comfortable with. Since the video was uploaded onto YouTube, it has also made it rounds to network news. When Adam was being interviewed, he continued to address one of the main concerns of most viewers, which was Elizabeth’s safety. “As you can see in the video, she’s not coughing or choking. She’s gasping, but that’s normal. She’s trained and she knows that all she has to do is flip over. I love my little girl and I would never do anything that would hurt her. And I certainly wouldn’t force her to do anything that she does not want to do,” he reiterated.

Adam also went on to explain about the coaching given to his daughter. He explained that it didn’t involve much teaching. Instead, lessons focused on engaging the toddlers’ reflexes. In the video, all Adam did is suggest to Elizabeth if she would like to swim on over to the stairs. Almost immediately, the 16-month old took off and swam towards the stairs. According to Adam, Elizabeth swims up to three times on a daily basis and can even dive to retrieve toys. For the full story, be sure to check it out here.

At Happy Fish Swim School, we provide both Baby Swimming Lessons for infants between 6 to 12 months old as well as Toddler Swimming Lessons for those between 2 to 4 years of age.