Video has emerged on TikTok of a woman deliberately throwing a toddler into a swimming pool while fully clothed.
The woman named Shannon, who is already in the water when the one-year-old enters, is a swimming instructor offering aquatic survival swimming lessons for toddlers.
She drags the youngster towards the edge of the pool before making her take the plunge.
Video sees a swimming instructor drags a fully clothed one-year-old girl into a pool
Despite landing face down in the water, the toddler is able to turn her head
The child falls face first into the water before then managing to flip over onto her side, enabling her to breathe and scream.
The toddler keeps flapping around her arms but still manages to keep her mouth open to the air as she slowly makes her way toward the side of the pool.
All-the-while, the instructor simply stands there and watches for around 30 seconds before finally lifting the child from the water.
‘Crying = breathing. We want to find our children face up in the water,’ she wrote on her TikTok video posting.
The instructor stands by as she watches to see what the youngster will do next
The child manages to flip over onto her back fully clothed in a coat and diaper
‘1-year-old coat, shoes, regular diaper. What if you never heard your child cry again because you didn’t prepare them with aquatic survival swim lessons?’
Although the video could be seen as shocking to view, especially as the little girl is being deliberately dunked, the technique is one commonly used by swimming instructors in the United States teaching toddlers survival techniques rather than specific strokes.
The instructors teach children to roll over from a face-down position in the water to a face-up back float.
Because infants and toddlers are unable to raise their heads to take a breath, knowing how to roll onto their backs could save their life.
The ‘roll over breathing’ technique takes many months of practice but parents are able to feel more comfortable that should their child fall into a swimming pool, they are likely to survive.
The technique is part of survival swimming skill where infants are taught to roll over onto their back in order to breathe and scream for help
Eventually the instructor lifts the little girl out of the water to safety to get dried