Seth Casteel, a photographer based in NY and LA who is a pro at capturing underwater photos of dogs and puppies, has now turned his lens on yet another adorable and funny underwater subject – babies. He took roughly 10,000 photos of more than 750 babies for his Underwater Babies photo album, which can be found on Amazon.
Some of our readers may be concerned that the babies are being put in harm’s way, but the opposite is actually true. Casteels series aims to raise awareness of the fact that unintentional drowning is one of the leading causes of death for children ages 1-4 in the U.S. The babies in Casteel’s photos are part of a program designed to get supervised babies accustomed to the water and to help perfect instinctive self-rescue techniques that may help them survive in the event of a real drowning scenario. The babies are taught to hold their breath, kick their feet and turn to float on their backs after being plunged underwater.
The fact that the children in these photos are closely supervised and are essentially learning to swim only makes them that much cuter!