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.
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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