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One Mum has had to defend her choices after posting a video of her child on TikTok taken during swimming lessons. The video has been watched by millions of people and has divided opinion on the best way to teach children how to swim.

American mother of two, Krysta Meyer recently posted a video of her son Oliver taken during his swim survival class Little Fins Swim School in Colorado Springs. Eight-month-old Oliver, who is in full care of his instructor, is thrown into the pool and allowed to come to the surface himself and kick to keep afloat. The instructor slips into the pool after Oliver has been thrown in.

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Ms Meyer reposted the video after it was taken down by TikTok. Her original post, which had more than 70 million views, gushed over how amazed she was by her baby’s ability and how he was “a little fish”. The updated video and caption reads “Since tiktok wanted to remove this for violating guidelines. ???? please do your research before reporting or removing”. Her original post has now been restored.

Since posting the video Krysta has been bombarded with death threats and hate comments such as “Lil man’s not swimming, he is fighting for his life” and “Ur drowning the baby”.

Krysta’s aim of posting the video was to ‘educate’ people on how you can teach a baby to flip over if they fall into the water. Motherly spoke with Krysta who said “I get it, it looks bad. It’s not for everyone” though Krysta also mentioned she is glad that the video is encouraging people to think about water safety and could potentially help save lives.

Motherly also spoke with Laurie Armstrong, the owner of Little Fins Swim School who said “Our instructors are highly trained and we provide constant ongoing professional development training and skills workshops to keep up on all the latest safety information and skills. In the video, Ms. Jill tossed the baby in the pool. We do this as part of our safety and survival level to pass, because when kids fall into water, it’s not always graceful or pretty. It can be a disorienting experience.”

The video has also been posted to several Facebook pages with many commenting on how ‘awful’ the video is, that ‘scaring babies is not teaching them how to swim’.

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  • I’ve seen similar posts in the past. I don’t like the method. But it’s absurd what people are threatening!

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  • My goodness the world has gone crazy. I don’t agree with the lesson technique but death threats is crazy

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  • Death threats?! Method looks scary but that baby did a great job floating and then swimming. Such an important skill.

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  • The baby was perfectly safe,.

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  • Death threats ?!!


    • An extreme response and such threats should be followed up.

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  • Guess everyone an expert. Guess when a baby falls into the water it’s Only gentle. They have experts there they know what they doing

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  • It is instinctive to want to protect a baby and the footage of the baby being dropped into the water is initially confronting. Drowning is hideous and heartbreaking and learning to swim is an essential survival life skill. The footage needs to be watched, reviewed and reflected on within that context.

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  • Really? The instructor is there at all times? We have an issue in this country of drownings and all because people don’t care enough to teach their kids water safety. I don’t find this video offensive at all. And death threats? That is just ridiculous OUTRAGE and totally over-the-top. Get a grip.

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  • I understand the their concern but death treats are never okay

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  • I can’t believe people would send death treats to that mother. She is doing exactly what is need to ensure her son is safe around water. The incident happened in a safe environment and although as a swim instructor I would not put the child in the water in that way, I encourage parents to let their children come to the surface unaided after jumping or getting children into the water and get into that safe position.

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  • I would prefer this than having my child drown because he was unable to swim. I think in later lessons the children are thrown in fully clothed as this often happens when children run and fall into a pond chasing the ducks. They then have the confidence to reach the surface even though their clothes are dragging them down and it gives you more chance to rescue them from this situation.

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  • Hard to watch, I know I hold my breath every time I see these videos. But I also think it’s teaching very valuable skills. I kind of wish it was taught here too. My kids have gone to swimming lessons since 4 months. The eldest is now 5 and still doesn’t have confidence to let go and float. She loves swimming, but cant put the skills together.

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  • I personally would never through my child into the water, but it is obviously a supervised session. In saying that I also wouldn’t post it to TikTok ????

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  • Yeah it seems like this is how they teach them to Swim. A bit tough I guess but this is not the first time I’ve seen it

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  • It is so important that children learn to swim from an early age … I guess it’s up to the parent how those lessons are learnt …. as long as there is qualified supervision, it should be okay ….

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