Seth Casteel Captures Babies Learning the Self-Rescue Swim Technique

By: Alyson Wyers - Sep 16, 2014
References: nytimes & designtaxi
In a photography series for the New York Times, Seth Casteel takes pictures of babies underwater who are experiencing self-rescue swim training. Through the infant survival swimming technique, babies are taught to hold their breath underwater, kick their feet, roll over onto their backs and float until help comes. The self-rescue swim teaching method was invented by Harvey Barnett in the late 1960s and is now practiced all over the world.

Seth Casteel has been photographing the phenomenon as part of a related book to be released next spring. The photographer also has extensive experience taking pictures of dogs underwater. He noted the incredible set of skills these babies have: "You watch them go under and flip over and come up to the surface and float and survive and stay calm."