Faces of FOSS: Bailie Johnson
How long have you worked for FOSS?
Five years, since 2013. I have worn many hats, and love it all! Instructing, office work, coaching, deck assisting, all kinds of roles.
What is your favorite part of working for FOSS?
My favorite part of working for FOSS is making the connections with families… Whether it’s new babies coming into families, or learning where their cabin is, I love learning and talking to each and every one of our customers.
What is your favorite skill to teach and why?
I love LOVE when a child masters the pancake flip in Little 2’s/Little 3’s. It’s like they suddenly can swim more than 5 seconds because they realize they’ll be able to get a breath… I’ve brought Little 3’s to our longest station and have made them swim 18 yards at a time using swim/flip/swim. Showing the kiddos, and all their parents, how far they went is an awesome experience for all!
Can you share your own swimming experience?
I started swimming lessons at 9 months of age, and continued until I was lifeguard certified at 15. I swam competitively, and pushing myself past my “mental block” is something I’m proud of, and continue to use even to this day! I remember really struggling with butterfly, my coach rarely had me even swim it on the team; but I truly learned how to do the butterfly properly when I started working for FOSS at 19 and went through training! It was an eye-opening experience. I remember saying “This is so simple…. Why didn’t I learn this 10 years ago?”
What else would you like parents to know about you?
Honestly, I didn’t realize how passionate I was about teaching kids not to drown until I started this job. It is the most fulfilling thing in the world to look a parent in the eye and tell them the “why’s” of what we do, and for them to have the lightbulb go on and make it important in their lives too. It’s a great message and I hope many people hear it!