Babies Learn to Swim Before First Steps

Video shows 10-month-old twin babies William and Ellie swimming in a pool.
2:26 | 12/13/12

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Reporter: They are the international swimming sensations. At just 10 months old, tiny toddler twins, william and eddie, are making a huge splash. News headlines. To video clips, now going viral on youtube. It's easy to see why. They can't crawl or walk yet. But they rule the pool, above and beneath the water. So, we went to go meet these pint-sized paddlers in person. At that young age, they're actually blowing the water back out of their mouths. Incredible. Reporter: Were you shocked when you saw them? Yes. I had to go and find every swim teacher in the billing and say, look what I've just seen. Reporter: These water babies, up and down, on their backs. Kicking their legs. Propelling themselves almost half the length of the pool, with no help. No arm bands. them. To find out the secret of exactly how they do it and what makes this set of twins so unique. What do you do? Just let him go? You're kicking. Mom, charley, was a competitive swimmer. And used to go when she was pregnant with twins. But these two figured it out on their own. With mom and dad on-hand, of course. Buff they can kick themselves on the surface. And they can float and breathe. Reporter: Even four-time olympic gold medal swimmer, missy franklin, couldn't do that at their age. She didn't learn how to swim until she was 2. William and eddie's parents say their secret is simple. Just be calm around your kids. Avoid the teaching. They've not learned to fear the water. They've learned to enjoy it. Reporter: So, moms and dads out there, if you're brave enough to allow your baby to suit up and take the plunge, even the tiniest people might surprise you with what they can do. Absolutely unbelievable. You know, I think they can swim better than I can. Well, their father told us, he has high hopes for his little twins. He has a pair of swimming champions on his hands. And will encourage them to enter the 2028 olympic games. That's bold. Lama hasan, thanks so much for that. I hope they can live up to all

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