We are surrounded by water. The island we live on is only 3 miles long by half a mile wide. We see the ocean at every turn. We can only reach the island by boat and we can only leave the island by boat. We therefore taught our children to swim before they could walk.
My eldest child was given a first edition copy of The Water Babies as a christening present. A Fairy Tale for a Land Baby. More appropriate than the bible in many respects but don’t panic he was given a bible as well.
My next child swam so well he was immediately placed into the school swimming team, much to his horror. He said the swimming master had toothpaste on the corner of his mouth and looked like he had breasts.
My third son just swam in the British Nationals. Aged 10.