Joe takes to the pool

Could this be the next Kieran Perkins or just a normal Aussie kid enjoying swimming lessons? (Yes, I know – pretty young at 5 months, but never too young to enjoy the water.)

Mum and me swimming

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29 Responses to Joe takes to the pool

  1. Sinclair Davidson

    All good. Will his first words be, “Adam Smith is good”, “Keynes is yucky” and “markets work”?

  2. Judith Sloan

    I hope so. I will be training him.

  3. Mike of Marion

    Grandma will certainly show the little fellow how to bury large coffee tins in the backyard!!!!!

  4. Aliice

    At that age Judith if you put floaties on Joe(on both arms) and a bubble on the back and a hat on Joe’s little head, pretty soon he will be bobbing around like a human cork on his own.. its loads of fun.

    They learn pretty quickly to swim vertically by walking fast in the water, and there is plenty of time to get the little guy horizontal and into the correct swimming position later.

    Whatever you do – do not ONLY use arm floaties. They can tip forward.

    Forget Kieran.
    Go Joe.

  5. Giffy

    That’s a well-shaped head and a sweet face.

  6. candy

    Looks like baby Joe is working out this swimming pool caper pretty well.

  7. CD

    Judith, doubtless one very proud grandmother. So you should be.
    Joe is gorgeous.

  8. C.L.

    It’s amazing how naturally at home babies are in the water.

  9. Lew

    About 40 years ago the noted swim coach,Forbes Carlisle and his wife Ursula ran a swim school at a pool at Pymble. Apart from the usual how-to-swim and coaching classes they ran a program that was designed to make babies comfortable and safe in the water.The theory was that the child having spent the previous 9 months floating in an enclosed liquid environment was ready for the next step.The babies and their mums hopped into the pool and nature largely took over,the littlies floated,dipped under and blew bubbles,kicked their legs and flapped their arms and generally had a great time and the outcome was exactly as Forbes and Ursula promised.

  10. C.L.

    Yeah, they instinctively hold their breath – which seems counterintuitive.

  11. FM

    Congrats Judith. You must be proud of both of them.

  12. pete m

    Except that birth through a birth canal is supposed to send a message to the brain to switch on the lungs. A little smack and cry does the trick too.

    ok if we’re going all mummy (nanna) blogger, then all I’ll say about swimming lessons is make sure the nearest coffee joint is next door. cute swim coaches help pass the time too!

  13. I am the Walrus, koo koo k'choo

    Catallaxy becomes a mummy blog?

    What next? Scones at Kirribilli with Slush Fund?

  14. Aliice

    True Gab
    Forbes and Ursula put the babies in the water about one month younger than baby Joe and had them swimming pretty quick smart amazingly (with no aids and for reasonable distances – not like a lap or anything). The problem was it was later discovered that if they didnt keep it up to the babies (ie swimming) then they just as soon forgot how to…so Forbes later changed his views to not under 4 years old.
    I learnt to swim in that pool in Pymble.

  15. Gab

    I made no comment about Forbes, Alice.

  16. Aliice

    Sorry – should have been addressed to Lew.
    I could make a few comments about Forbes. Fortunately he was a very bad shot at throwing the kickboard at people’s heads when they were swimming (which he did a lot) and also a little bit vague so people could slip out to the nice hot showers between laps when he wasnt looking. He wouldnt notice their absence unless they were top grade swimmers or too many were in the shower and then he would roar through the door for everyone to get back in the water.

    On the other hand Ursula missed nothing – ever.

  17. Helen Armstrong

    Catallaxy becomes a grand mummy blog

    Much better.

    He is super cute.

  18. Pickles

    That grin can only mean one thing. He’s got a full house. Check his daks..

  19. H B Bear

    The next thing you know we all get emails from Hamish McSporran as he scratches around for a demographic that doesn’t despise Gillard.

  20. Elizabeth (Lizzie) B.

    He’s got a full house. Check his daks..

    So true, Pickles. They always chose an awkward moment. But you check ’em this time, not me. Fix things up properly, too.

    Come on guys, you know you can do it.

    Give that very good grandma a break. 🙂

  21. Aliice

    Pickles!!!! (well…he does look cheery and that does seem to cheer them doesnt it?)

  22. nilk

    So cute. Mine was that cute once, then she grew up into a different kind of cute.

    Joe will do that also, and it’s a lot of fun watching them unfold as they grow.

  23. Abu Chowdah

    What is this, Facebook for Austrians?


  24. Abu Chowdah

    Uhm, I thought I had a smiley after that comment…

  25. Abu Chowdah

    Oh. There it is…

  26. .

    How does that neo natal swimming thing work? Do they just go if you chuck ’em in say 3 months?

  27. WhaleHunt Fun

    The diving reflex, innate to human infants, is strong evidence of some past relationship with the water. The brown fat in humans is unexpected because it is the tool of seals and so on. Humans have some strong signs of having been adapted for water. perhaps coastal hunter gathering.

  28. Elizabeth (Lizzie) B.

    Mmm, WhaleHunt, startle, cling, swimming and breathing reflexes once seen as elements of ontogeny recapitulating phylogeny. Raises the issue of neoteny.

    It would appear the genus Homo and especially our species, Homo sapiens, has been under selective pressure towards neoteny – ie. hairless, birth in an early and dependent stage of development possibly due to the increasingly upright stance and the limitations this puts on the ability of the human female pelvis to cope with the increasing brain size. Thus neonates have skull sutures to allow flexibility and birth generally hurts like hell (personal communication from self; if in doubt watch One Born Every Minute). Theories of neotenous development can be very un-PC and like much evolutionary biology, disputed in their detail, plus evolutionary phylogenetics as a discipline is bringing in new perspectives.

    Regardless of all this, you end up with little miracles like Joe. Note how we all respond to his neotenous ‘cuteness’. As indeed we should. We are programmed to do so.

    The coastal thesis is interesting, especially with regard to brown fat. Certainly all the early migrations of homo sapiens out of Africa spread around the coasts and we still get good blood results from a seafood rich diet.

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