Faces of FOSS: Savannah Senner

Savannah Senner
Shift Coordinator
St. Louis Park, MN

How long have you worked for FOSS?

I have been with FOSS for 3 years, and I love it more and more everyday! It feels like I’ve been here forever!

What is your favorite FOSS story?

A few years ago, I had the same two girls in a Little 2 with me on Wednesday nights. When we began swimming together, the girls were both very scared and lacked confidence, and it broke my heart! We worked so hard over the next year to build up their confidence and squash their fears; we faced some setbacks and regression, but none of us gave up or felt defeated. We powered through and, by the end of our time together, both girls were swimming independently and had SO much confidence in their swimming and in themselves! It was quite possibly the most rewarding and fulfilling year I’ve had with FOSS, and that was only my first year! Sadly, one of the girls moved away, but I’ve just recently had the other girl in a Middle 3, and it blew my mind how amazing she had become! I’m so excited to see her continue to grow into an incredible swimmer and person!

What is your favorite level to teach and why?

My favorite age group is 3 to 5 years old; it’s so fun to have conversations with them about whatever is on their mind, and they say the funniest things! They make me laugh more than anything or anyone else!

What are some of your favorite activities to do with swimmers?

I love teaching the pancake flips. It’s such an important safety skill for the kids to learn, and it’s so amazing to see them finally nail it after working so hard to get it down!

Can you share a favorite breakthrough moment you observed in a swimmer?

I had a girl in my Big 5 who was an incredible swimmer! She was fast, had great technique and worked so hard! She graduated to Big 6 that session, and her family and I couldn’t have been more proud! She was so excited, too! However, a couple weeks into her Big 6 class, she was so nervous that she didn’t want to get in. I was the Shift Coordinator that night and since I already had a good relationship with her, I decided to get my suit on and get in the Big 6 with her to get her going, and it worked! She was smiling and laughing and having a great time 10 minutes into class. She hasn’t been nervous at all since then, and she’s even joined a local swim club in addition to swimming in her Big 6! Her parents were so amazed and appreciative that I offered to get in and swim with her to get her in the water that day! I am still so incredibly proud of her and all that she has accomplished!

What was your relationship with water and swimming growing up? 

I was TERRIFIED of the water when I was little! I walked around the pool deck at the outdoor pool all summer long when I was about 4 years old, so finally my mom decided I needed to get in and learn how to swim—so she did just that! She pulled me in kicking and screaming, but it didn’t take long until I was swimming like a fish with all my friends! Years later I joined my middle school swim team, then a USA competitive team, and now I’ve come full circle—I’m teaching scared kiddos how to love the water!

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