Viral Video of Baby Learning To Swim Is Not An Easy One To Watch

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A video of a baby who appears to be uncomfortable whilst trying to stay afloat, is causing some controversy. The video was uploaded to Facebook by “DOV” and the comments on the post display a mixed bag of views.

Warning: Video may be disturbing to some viewers but it does have a happy ending.

So hard to watch but every kid should learn this young!

Posted by Dov on Monday, May 2, 2016

There are over 2000 comments on the post, where some people are expressing their discomfort at seeing the baby appearing to be struggling, whilst others are praising the parents’ approach.

The clip is almost 2 minutes long and it shows how the little girl is enticed into the water and then falls face down into the pool. She struggles for a bit and then rolls on to her back and floats. At the end of the video a woman lifts the little girl out of the water and says “I’ve got you, baby.”

The Mother of the baby girl, Keri Morrison, is determined to have her youngest daughter learn to swim after the accidental drowning of her 2.5-year-old son 3 years ago. Keri does not want history to repeat itself and wants her daughter to be as safe as possible.

The technique used in the video is called Infant Swimming Resource (ISR) and children as young as 6 months old can learn how to “self-rescue.” Babies are trained to roll onto their backs – to float, rest and breathe, and uphold that position until help arrives. Each session lasts about 10 minutes and a baby would need about five sessions a week for about 4 to 6 weeks to learn the technique.

What are your thoughts on this controversial video?


  1. Nashia Warley

    May 12, 2016 at 4:55 pm

    awesome work sweet baby. Obviously the baba has been introduced to this method already and she was comfortable in the water – I saw no trauma happening . Definitely better than the alternative.

    • Erica McLeod

      May 13, 2016 at 12:57 pm

      Only thing I saw was she messed up her pretty dress. Survival tactics. Teach them early!!!!

  2. Kim Kinsey

    May 12, 2016 at 5:34 pm

    Great job mom and dad. Wish my little ones knew at this age.

  3. Sarah Warner

    May 12, 2016 at 5:49 pm

    This is ISR. It’s awesome.

  4. Mindy Pierce

    May 12, 2016 at 6:38 pm

    Babies came from a body of water. Living in the uterus for 9 months. I’ve read how babies are great at surviving in water after they are born. It’s just when we get older do we forget, panic n anxiety occurs unless rd-taught how to do this.

  5. Vicki Feely

    May 13, 2016 at 1:57 am


  6. Lupita Laurence

    May 13, 2016 at 2:45 am

    Andrea Diez

  7. Maytte Muzquiz

    May 13, 2016 at 3:27 am

    Pau lo vivió de 10 meses y no es nada padre. Para que logre la bb a dominar quedarse boca arriba la pasó muy mal te lo digo porque Pau lo vivió con las Medina en acuático y no está padre. Definitivamente buena alternativa pero a bases de mucho sufrimiento porque las primeras veces si se sienten ahogarse los niños lo puedes ver en sus caras y tu ahí y que no los puedes cargar hay no fue horrible experiencia para mi Lupita Laurence

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