These underwater babies may look cute, but they’ve got a serious job to do. They’re helping raise awareness of the importance of teaching our children to swim.
Accidental drowning is one of the leading causes of death for babies and young children in Australia. Photographer Seth Casteel, the man behind the lens of popular books Underwater Dogs and Underwater Puppies, has just released Underwater Babies to help raise awareness of water safety for tots.
Casteel took more than 10,000 photos of 750 babies for his book. The photos depict infants as young as four months submerged in a swimming pool. Their eyes are wide open and they all seem relaxed, content and comfortable underwater.
These beautiful photos are adorable and captivating, but there is much more to Casteel’s new book than what’s on the surface. Dive down and he reveals that these photographs are designed to raise awareness of the importance of swim safety. And the earlier a child becomes familiar with the water, the better!
The babies featured in these stunning images are taking part in a United States swim program that helps infants become accustomed to water, much like the AustSwim programs we have in Australia. Infants are submerged in water and taught to hold their breath, kick their feet and turn to float on their backs.
In Australia in 2014, 20 children under the age of four died in a drowning related incident. This statistic, while tragic, is a 36 per cent drop on the previous year and the Royal Life Saving Club attributes this to various swim safety awareness campaigns and learn-to-swim programs across Australia.
Casteel’s images are the perfect representation and reminder of how important it is to familiarise young children with water. And these Little Nemos are making waves across the world.
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