I’ve Enrolled for Swim Lessons… Now What?

You’ve taken the plunge and enrolled for your first Foss Swim School swimming lesson! That’s so exciting, but now what? Below, we break down the next steps, how you should prepare and what first-time FOSS families can expect at the first lesson.

To get the lay of the land, remember that you are always welcome to stop by your local Foss Swim School for a quick tour of the facilities!

Backfloat Baby® Families

There are a few things to be aware of and prepared for if you are in our Backfloat Baby® program:

  • All students must wear reusable swim diapers (not disposable). They seal better, and a single accident can close the pool for hours. We have them for sale in our shop if needed
  • A parent/caregiver must be in the water with each student, so bring your swimsuit and allow time to change if needed.
  • Expect each class to follow the same flow each week – at this age, we are working on acclimation and comfort. Predictability helps young children gain confidence.
  • You can help your baby get ready by exposing them to water in different forms in the days and weeks prior – showers, baths, and pouring water over the head in fun, playful environments can help them be more familiar with the sensations.

The First Day

What should or shouldn’t 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 at the entrance with all your swimming gear needs—towels, goggles, brushes, and more! Don’t bring food or glass, ceramic, or breakable containers.

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, make sure all swimmers shower off, 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. Private changing stations and bathrooms with showers are available for your convenience. 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.

What is expected of parents during lessons?

Backfloat Baby® parents must be in the pool during lessons. 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 motivates swimmers. We also have a separate sitting area if you need it.

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 additional questions and answers, or give us a call! We look forward to seeing you at the pool!

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