For years, Christian was afraid of the water. I had to be right there by him or he needed his life jacket on (for my own sanity) & he absolutely would not put his head under water. If his head got wet, he would freak out. Last summer, I just thought it was amazing that Christian was in the water without me. This year, he's all about walking around in four feet deep water, holding his breath under water, going down the slide in the six feet deep end (life jacket on, of course) & doesn't freak out when someone pushes him into the pool. Christian is having actual summer fun as a kid should & that makes my mommy heart swell.