Making water fun possible in Ankeny

Making water fun possible in Ankeny

A different kind of swim school to help kids - and parents - love water

Learning to swim is about more than techniques. It’s also about learning to love water. For kids, so they are excited to learn swimming. For parents, who will see their confidence rise around water. We’re excited to bring our proven approach, used to teach hundreds of thousands of swimmers in Minneapolis/St. Paul and Chicago since 1993, to Ankeny.

Foss Swim School was built on the idea that learning to swim well is important for safety, a big part of healthy child development, and a gateway to a lot of fun. At FOSS, we teach swimming, nothing else. We have our own pool designed for teaching, not shared with swim teams or recreational swimmers. Our teachers are selected for their ability to connect with kids, and trained in our custom curriculum, crafted over 25 years by our co-founder, Jon Foss.

It takes more than a single session. Like any school, success comes from progression and repetition. It’s why we operate differently than other swim programs, with quarter-long classes where kids are grouped by age and ability so they learn alongside peers.

See for yourself what makes us different.


Unique curriculum

  • Small classes with kids of similar age and ability, with consistent teachers
  • Focus on fun to make learning enjoyable and faster
  • Swim skills broken into clear, bite-size lessons that build on each other
  • Progression towards graduation as a strong swimmer – not just passing levels

Exceptional teachers and staff

  • Selected for their ability to connect with students
  • Trained to teach the FOSS way with regular refresher courses
  • Everyone at the school teaches or is trained in the entire program
  • We’re parents too — we work with you to make swim school fit your life

Designed for learning

  • Purpose-built indoor pool with top-quality filtration and adjustable configurations
  • Warm 91-degree water — because comfort makes it easier to learn
  • Private changing areas and showers
  • Comfortable viewing area for the rest of the family

Questions? We'd love to answer them

If you have any questions about our pool, our teachers, our program, how to enroll, or anything else, please let us know.

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