You’ve taken the plunge and registered for your first Foss Swim School swimming lesson! That’s so exciting, but now what? Below, we break down next steps, how you should prepare and what first-time FOSS families can expect at the first lesson.
General Tips for All Families
The big day is here! What should we bring to swim lessons?
Most swimmers will only need a swimsuit and a towel. All swimmers under age 3 (and older swimmers who are not potty trained) are required to wear a reusable swim diaper. And if you’re busy and forget something, every pool has a retail area in the entrance with all your swimming gear needs—towels, goggles, brushes, and more!
What shouldn’t we bring to swim lessons?
State law prohibits glass and food on the pool deck, so please leave those at home, in the car or in the FOSS viewing room. A plastic baby bottle or water bottle may be brought on the pool deck.
Where should we go when we arrive at FOSS?
Stop by the front desk and we’ll provide you with your instructor’s name and station number. Head to the changing area, consider visiting the restroom and then head to the pool deck. Grab a seat on one of the benches near your lesson and get ready for the fun! Can’t remember your instructor’s name or which station? No prob—just let us know and we’ll help you get to where you need to go.
What amenities are provided at the pool?
All the equipment you’ll need during your lesson is at the pool—including goggles if you don’t have a pair. Our on-deck showers are stocked with shampoo for your convenience and a “splash guard,” making it possible to shower kids without getting yourself wet. Hair dryers are installed at various heights and suit spinners are available so you can leave the pool at the pool. Plastic suit bags are also available near the suit spinners.
Are there locker rooms available?
Yes! Private changing stations and bathrooms with showers are available for your convenience.
What if we miss a lesson?
If you miss one of your lessons, we offer a Miss a Class Voucher good for admission to a Family Swim, a Fun Meet, or a Skill Clinic. For each swimmer, you can receive two vouchers for each once-a-week lesson missed, or one voucher for each camp lesson missed.
If you miss a lesson due to an extended illness or injury, and your child will miss 3 or more lessons, please contact the Office Manager at your location to work out the details on credits. The Office Manager will issue you a credit to your FOSS Family Account.
How do I know you received my registration request?
You will receive an email that confirms your registration request submission. There’s nothing you need to do at this point—we’ll contact you soon with your confirmed day and time of swim lessons.
When do I find out if we get the day and time we requested?
It depends on the location, but normally it can take as little as a few days up to a few weeks before registration is sorted out and all swimmers are assigned to a class. We work really hard to complete the registration process as quickly as possible, and we appreciate your patience!
Tips for Backfloat Baby® Families
Are special suits needed for Backfloat Baby® lessons?
Yes. Bring a reusable swim diaper for your child, their suit and your suit. We require all children under the age of 3 (including those potty-trained) to wear specifically-designed swim diapers. We only allow reusable swim diapers in FOSS pools as they are more reliable. Reusable swim diapers are also available in our retail area at the entrance of the pool.
How can I help prepare my little one for our lesson?
You might consider showering with your Backfloat Baby® swimmer(s) in the days and weeks before your first lesson. It’s a great way for them to get used to the water and to introduce unexpected splashing! The shower brings the water down over the child’s head rather than from a bath splashing up into their face. The more practice, the better!
Do I as a parent need to get in the water with my child every time?
It depends on the level. If you’re in a Backfloat Baby® class—you will enter the water with your little one and your instructor will lead you through a series of songs and games. Each class you attend will follow roughly the same routine from the start of class to the finish. While the routine will seem repetitive to you as an adult, it is vitally important to creating an ideal learning environment for children of this age. The routine helps them to know what will happen next and this aids in comfort, confidence, trust, and a sense of control—all of which promote better learning.
For kids in levels above Backfloat Baby®, parents don’t get in the water during lessons but are encouraged to watch and be engaged poolside. It is safer, there is more accountability to our instructors, it aids in better teacher/parent communication, and it provides motivation to swimmers.
Still not sure what to expect?
Visit our website and take a virtual tour of the pool nearest to you, visit our FAQ page for all questions and answers, or give us a call! We look forward to seeing you at the pool!