I have a 4 year old cousin who loves to swim. She uses a float which most young children use while swimming in the pool or ocean. My great grandfather Joseph Kanalua Travis, Jr grew up on the Island of Hawaii in Keaukaha and the way they taught their children to swim was to throw them into the ocean. My grandma said that her grandma told her that she was so mad at great-great grandpa cause he just picked up "Junior" from the beach and threw him into the deep ocean. He was about 5 years old. She was yelling that my great grandpa was going to die, he was the oldest of 9 children. He struggled to come to the surface but was able to find the rocks to push himself up and out of the water. Great-grandma thought that she was going to have to plan a funeral. After that experience, my great grandpa loved the ocean and swimming.
Now days we don't throw the children into the water, though I think some still do it the old ways, but my cousin, Hoku is learning how to swim. She loves using her swimmy floats but needed to learn to not depend on the floats. She was enrolled in a swimming class at the local YMCA. These are some pictures of her learning to swim from her "auntie". In Hawaii, we call older ladies - "Auntie".