16-month-old swimmer gaining tons of attention

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BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WIAT) – Adam Christensen says his daughter loves the water and quickly took to swimming.

When a video of his 16-month-old swimming popped up on YouTube recently, it gained a lot of attention.

He says he wasn’t prepared for the attention his video attracted.

“We didn’t teach her ourselves.  We wanted a professional, somebody that was certified to do that, but we were able to recognize the warning signs when they’re fatigued,” Christensen said. “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 all she has to do is flip over.”

Elizabeth, Christensen’s daughter, appears in the pool alone during the video, something doctors strongly caution against.

He says his daughter doesn’t use flotation devices and swims up to three times a day.

Although the video has sparked conversation since it went viral, 16-month-old swimmers are not exactly new.

Infant swimming classes have been around for quite a while.

In fact, some swimming classes are even available for newborns.

The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends a child be at least six months old before starting a swimming class, depending on their rate of development.

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