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Dipping a child under water is part of the lessons. Its literally dipping them under and bringing them back up, so their heads get wet. My nephew had to do it, along with everyone in his swim class, and actually he loved it.

By  Jerakl  |  21

You obviously weren't doing your job right! You tech kids how to swim, not sink!

  jesuismelogee  |  16

I think it's for helping them overcome the fear of having their head underwater and ultimately not be afraid to swim. I'm sure the instructor, OP, was holding onto them and the parent just panicked, acted protective and acted irrationally towards OP

  trex454  |  21

its called teaching your child to swim. every now and then while swimming you will go under the water. it doesn't mean your drowning. Idk why he is getting down votes. he was using sarcasm pretty heavily

  littlekellilee  |  45

It's not called drown proofing. It's called going underwater, and a kid has to do it 3 times in a set of lessons to pass. If you really want to make lessons sound epic, call swimming lessons in general "down proofing".

  yawhat  |  5

my daughter has been doing swimming lessons since she was 5 months old, and has been dunked under the water since then. it helps to teach them to hold their breath. although it's normally the parent swimming with the child unless they are older or do private lessons I guess.

  Jerakl  |  21

#13, #6, I'm a tech head so I often misspell "teach" when on a mobile device because of the amount of times I type out "tech". Good one #13.

  fsomelife  |  26

42, That's not really swimming, it's paddling... if you want maxium speed and energy conservation, you're gonna have to get your face under the surface one way or another.

  ItsATwinThing  |  9

When I was about 4 I started swimming lessons. My mum said I use to swim backstroke with my head under the water and smiling. I remember them telling us to put our heads under the water and come back up. I was always under the water, just because I liked it. You have to put your head in the water at some point...just not backstroke! :P

By  WordAficionada  |  19

I think it depends how old the child was? Maybe your teaching method is just something she's never experienced before! But it's not like you forced the child underwater, you probably just made them dip there head underneath and tried making them swim that way. Parents are crazy protective of their children, understandably! Don't worry OP, keep doing your job!