Here's a little video about an emperor penguin who needed a "parent" to help it acclimate to the water:
Penguins are natural born swimmers. Humans, not so much. It's a shame that children sometimes learn to fear the water before they learn to swim. If you need assistance with teaching a child (or yourself) how to swim, we have materials that may help, and, once a child learns, he/she may quickly decide to pursue swimming as a sport.
Bory, Eva. Teach Your Child to Swim: An Instructional Guide to the Basics of Swimming. [797.2 BOR]
Laughlin, Terry. Total Immersion: The Revolutionary Way to Swim Better, Faster, and Easier. [797.21 LAU]
London, Jonathan. Froggy Learns to Swim. [JP LON]
Meredith, Susan. Teach Your Child to Swim. [797.2 MER]
Wendorff, Anne. Swimming. [J 797.21 WEN]
Willett, Andy. Swimming for Fun! [J 797.2 WIL]
Wood, Alix. You Can Be a Swimmer. [J 797.2 WOO]
For those who prefer video learning, look for Safety Smart in the Water [J DVD SAF], part of the "Disney Wild about Safety" series.