Kids fall. It’s what they do. They stumble while walking, they topple off of slides, they get into tricycle pileups. It’s the natural consequence of having a small, uncoordinated body. But the good news is that behind every clumsy or unfortunately-positioned kid is a dad with lightning-fast reflexes. Dads may not look like superheroes, but their Spidey Senses say otherwise. Caught in an unsafe situation, these clips prove that the best person to have around is a dad. Check out these dads that prove that fatherhood can bestow some formidable abilities.
This Dad Who Grabbed His Daughter While Wakeboarding
Before she tumbles into the waves, this dad scoops her up and puts her right back on the board.
This Dad Pulling His Baby Back Onboard
His baby got a little too close to the edge before falling into the water. Luckily, they were wearing a life vest, but dad’s probably not going to let them away from his side anytime soon.
This Dad Who Swiped Down a Flying Car in Midair
When a remote controlled car careened the wrong way off a ramp, this dad jumped into action to shoot it down seconds before it hit his daughter.
This Dad Who Narrowly Prevented a Fall From a Bridge
During a photoshoot in Yosemite, this dad caught his daughter just in time as she was falling backwards off of a bridge ledge … without even looking at her.
This Dad With a Crowded House and Excellent Form
Sometimes the worst obstacles are kids themselves. This dad tripped over one kid while holding another, and showed off perfect form while rolling safely.
This Grandpa Who’s Still Got It
Dad never reflexes never go away. If anything, this grandpa proves that they just get better with time when he catches his stumbling granddaughter perfectly in his arms.
This Dad Whose Reflexes Don’t Sleep
You can never put a pause on being a father, and the same goes for fatherly instincts. Even while seemingly asleep, this dad knows just when to get up to stop his kid from falling off the bed.
This Dad Who Deflected a Baseball Bat
While out at a baseball game, this dad never thought he’d become a viral hero after expertly shielding his son from a rogue baseball bat headed straight for his face. Things could’ve ended badly if he weren’t there.
This Dad Who Blocked a Soccer Ball
The cold didn’t dull this dad’s senses, who stuck out his arm just in time to swat away a soccer ball accidentally launched at his toddler.
This Dad Who Sort Of Caught a Birthday Cake
It probably would’ve been a better second birthday for this toddler if his cake hadn’t flipped over, but, alas, accidents happen. Luckily, his dad caught the plate quickly enough to save most of it.
This Dad Who Escapes an Imminent Sand Castle Collapse
First a little came down off this wall of sand, then the whole damn thing, but this dad knew just how to grab his kid and roll away from this minor avalanche.
This Dad Who Saved His Daughter From Falling Off the Swing
Everybody’s gotten too ambitious on a swing at least once in their life. Like this kid, who went a little too high for her own good, but fell right into her dad’s grip just as she started to slip off.
This Dad Who Saved Not One, But Two Kids in the Snow
This girl didn’t have much control while sledding down a hill, so it’s a good thing this dad pushed his own kid to safety before she slides perfectly underneath him. Nice splits!