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  •  My girls learned on their own (11+ / 0-)

    around 2 years old.  I started off with floats for them, but if you watch them for a few things you'll know they're ready.

    1)  They are comfortable being in the water
    2)  They are comfortable having their face in the water
    3) They know you are there if they need you
    4) They think it's fun (swim to me!)

    Swimming at a young age usually means swimming under water and coming up for air when necessary.  My daughter with autism still swims that way.  She swims like a dolphin, it's pretty amazing to watch.

    I blog about my daughter with autism at her website

    by coquiero on Thu Apr 25, 2013 at 02:24:33 PM PDT

    •  A Few Years Ago, I Think The Guy Was 47 (5+ / 0-)

      we were white water rafting. Pretty intense stuff.

      Out of the blue this guy tells so us he can't swim.

      I mean we are about to go white water rafting and you just thought it was this time to bring up you can't swim.

      You know we might have taught him to swim. Not be scared of the water. Can of a crease course, but we did what we could.

      When opportunity calls pick up the phone and give it directions to your house.

      by webranding on Thu Apr 25, 2013 at 02:33:48 PM PDT

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    •  I Would Argue The Face In Water (7+ / 0-)

      is key. Either you can handle that or you can't.

      For me it isn't an issue. But I can understand how it could be a huge issue.

      You could shoot me. Do all kinds of things. My worse fear is not having oxygen. I mean the last way I want to die is not to have air. Be able to breath.

      When opportunity calls pick up the phone and give it directions to your house.

      by webranding on Thu Apr 25, 2013 at 02:41:24 PM PDT

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    •  Amazing! (5+ / 0-)
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      She swims like a dolphin, it's pretty amazing to watch.
      Our daughter (also on the autistic spectrum) swims like that, too.

      When she was quite little and we would go to a hotel, she'd make her way from one end of the pool to the other by sort of bouncing off the bottom when she needed some air. Scared the dickens out of other people at the pool, seeing this tiny child in the deep end.

      •  Yeah, grown-ups don't seem to like to see wee (5+ / 0-)
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        ones at the bottom of the deep end, but that's where my girl likes it.  I'm glad she's not so wee anymore, so people don't freak out as much, but she can hold her breath for a long time, it makes people nervous.

        You should see her on the high dive.  You've never seen such a big grin in your life.

        I blog about my daughter with autism at her website

        by coquiero on Thu Apr 25, 2013 at 05:05:59 PM PDT

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