Krysten Nash Giesen
How long have you worked for FOSS?
I’ve been working at FOSS for 4.5 years!
What is your favorite part of working for FOSS?
The students I get to work with, and the FOSS family I have made at Chanhassen.
Can you tell us your favorite FOSS Story?
I have so many, working here, but my favorite is when a kid was swimming to the back of the line and he accidentally swam into my armpit. I asked him if he was okay, and he looks at me with the cutest smile and says, “You smell like fall leaves.” I could not stop laughing, and Mom couldn’t either.
What is your favorite level to teach and why?
I love teaching all of the students. But I would say that Middle 3 and Middle 1 are my favorites, because in Middle 3, the kids have to work so hard to get that side breath. Middle 1, they progress so quickly at times, and they get so excited and say the cutest things when they accomplish their skills.
What is your favorite skill to teach and why?
I love teaching side breath. You have to kick a lot, and freestyle was my favorite stroke to swim, so I just enjoy it.
What is your personal favorite water activity?
I love anything that involves the water — I always have, ever since I was little! Water polo is favorite sport to watch and participate in.
As a child, how did you feel about the water?
I’ve been swimming competitively since I was 5 years old. My sister and I just caught on to everything really quickly and loved the water.
Can you recount a student of yours who experienced a major “lightbulb” moment when you were with them?
I had a student in Middle 1 who was nervous about putting her face in the water. But she was such a hard worker and was really determined to do the skills. She practiced in class, at home, and on the weekends. When she was finally able to swim to the island with her face in the water, she got so excited, and Mom was so excited, that I got goosebumps and almost cried because she worked so hard.
What is your favorite swim lesson activity to do with kids and why?
My favorite swim lesson activity would be playing the candlestick game with a small noodle. My favorite game activity to play is making an obstacle course in the water with the magic carpet and rings.
Anything else you really wish you could tell parents about you as they bring their children to FOSS?
FOSS has the best philosophy for teaching individuals how to swim!