A Swimming Mom’s Thoughts on Helping Kids Stick with Swimming

By: Gretchen Hegener Rech Gretchen is a FOSS alumna and former U.S. record holder in the breaststroke. She shares her thoughts on swimming, parenting and life with our readers. I have never had a fear of water and when I finally learned how to swim, my parents...

Finding Time for Swim Lessons: One Mom’s Morning Routine

If your schedule is already jam-packed with work, family and fun activities, adding a weekly swim lesson can seem impossible. Good news—it's totally doable! Here's a peek at one mom's morning routine—swim lessons with her 2-year-old daughter Charlie included! First up: Carb loading with a...

Five Favorite Unexpected Swim Team Experiences from a Gold Medalist

Swimming competitively is hard work – but that doesn’t mean it isn’t fun. We asked Rachel Bootsma, a FOSS alumna, Olympic gold-medal winner and national college backstroke champion when she swam for the University of California - Berkeley, for some of the things outside the...

Designed for Learning: What Makes a FOSS Pool Different?

Walk into a Foss Swim School and you will find a special kind of pool: A purpose-built teaching pool. Founder Jon Foss has personally overseen or developed many of the custom features of these pools, all of them purposeful to support Jon’s teaching philosophy in...

4 questions from a new Backfloat Baby mom (and their answers)

There was one thing Rachele, a new mom in south Minneapolis, didn’t have to worry about with her infant son Theo: A fear of water. “He loves the bathtub,” she said. “He was always sticking his head under the faucet. I work in childcare, and...

Meet the Instructors: Noelle Robb

Noelle Robb shift coordinator St. Louis Park, MN How long have you worked for FOSS? About two and a half years. What is your favorite part of working for FOSS? The kids, my coworkers, the positive atmosphere, all of it! It feels good to say that I love my...

Meet the Instructors: Sarah Almer

Sarah Almer Swim Instructor and Deck Assistant Woodbury, MN How long have you worked for FOSS? Just a little over a year. What is your favorite part of working for FOSS? I’ve taught swimming several places, and love FOSS so much – it’s the best program I have taught....

Meet the Instructors: Justin Mueller

Justin Mueller Shift Coordinator Highland Park, IL How long have you worked for FOSS? Almost 4 years! Time flies while having fun! What is your favorite part of working for FOSS? I love the experience of education in both directions. I learn from students, parents, new and older staff,...

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