There are few things that strike panic into the hearts of parents like seeing a baby fall into the open water.

But a video uploaded to YouTube in August of 2012, which just recently went viral, shows one baby who appears to be a remarkable exception.  The 16-month old baby girl is recorded jumping into a 3-foot deep pool and swimming from one to the other face-down, rolling onto her back only when she’s tired or needs air, her parents say.

Swimming Baby Video Goes Viral

(Photo: YouTube)

Swimming Baby Video Goes Viral

(Photo: YouTube)

“Just so everyone knows, I am a registered nurse and my wife was a life guard for six years and taught swimming for three,” the video’s description says. “[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.”

ISR is a program designed to teach infants to swim.

The description proceeds to describe Elizabeth as “a very determined little girl,” adding that at no point was she forced to do anything she was “unwilling to try.”

“I was 100% prepared to jump in at first sign of distress.”

The video has been viewed nearly 892,000 times as of this article’s writing.

See it for yourself, below:

Though the video has gone viral on YouTube, it has also received a fair amount of criticism.  

“Horrible parents letting her do that,” one commenter wrote.  “She’ll drown,” another added.

But the parents remain firm that teaching the infant to swim was the right decision.

“As far as I know there [are] no documented cases of an ISR baby that has drowned. [However] there are 800 documented cases where it saved a life,” the father responded to the commenters.

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