Floating is one of the first skills babies learn when starting to swim. It is an ideal way to build floating confidence by practicing floating to and from a shallow water ledge with the assistance of an adult. To ensure safety, adults use a double trigger cue – baby’s name and “ready go” followed by a lifting trigger. This verbal cue prepares the baby for submersion and gives them a chance to catch their breath. Once babies become mobile on land, they will initiate their own free floating skills, and well-established floating patterns will allow for propulsive movements through the water. Adults can reinforce water safety by teaching babies to wait for their invitation of “ready go” before swimming. Start swimming today to promote fun, fitness, health, and safety for your baby.