I think you guys are nuts. That child looks and sounds terrified.
The resources I’ve found online say that age 4 (that’s years, not months) is the appropriate time to begin swimming lessons.
Babies, toddlers and preschoolers don’t really have control of their limbs. They’re somewhat helpless, and they trust adults to help them, not drag them back into water over their heads. Gah - that kid was under the fucking water.
Shit happens to kids, you know? Mine both fell and scraped their faces this weekend. I gave them ice and hugs, and encouraged them to go right back to it - because there’s a point. You play, you get hurt, that’s life. But there’s a point to it, because they’re pushing their limits and learning what they can and can’t get away with.
This stuff, where an adult keeps dragging the kid into the water, is just bullshit. Making the kid scream for nothing. Where’s the proof that it “prevents” drowning? I’d love to see that, because what I’ve seen instead (we went to the pools a lot this summer) is that it’s not safe to assume that small kids can handle water, even when they’ve had lessons.
Hilarity, if your kids enjoyed it, fine. Lovely for you and all that.