Lessons Learned Teaching Toddlers to Swim

The toddler years are full of rapid physical and emotional changes—and also a prime time for learning to swim. Starting swim classes early gives kids a boost in safety, has been shown to help kids reach developmental milestones sooner, and gives parents the confidence to...

Faces of FOSS: Savannah Senner

Savannah Senner Shift Coordinator St. Louis Park, MN How long have you worked for FOSS? I have been with FOSS for 3 years, and I love it more and more everyday! It feels like I’ve been here forever! What is your favorite FOSS story? A few years ago, I had the...

Faces of FOSS: Jacob Vaas

Jacob Vaas Shift Coordinator South Barrington, IL How long have you worked for FOSS? I started in January 2018 – a little over a year now! What is your favorite FOSS story? I was teaching a Little 2 who was swimming really well, and I liked to tell her she...

FOSS Insider: The when’s and why’s of swimmer evaluations

Foss Swim School takes pride in operating like a school, using a structure and schedule that delivers the best possible learning environment for students. It’s why we schedule weekly classes in quarters instead of drop-in classes – quarters allow students and instructors to develop rapport...

Why It’s OK to Take a Break from Swim School

Just to be clear—we love swimming. We would swim every day if we could, and can point to plenty of evidence that—like any skill—the more frequently and consistently a student practices, the faster a student typically learns and masters that skill. Since swimming is a...

Faces of FOSS: Allison Ryks

Allison Ryks Shift Coordinator Woodbury, MN How long have you worked for FOSS? Almost 3 years! What is your favorite part of working for FOSS? All of the joy! Laughter truly comes first in everything we do! What is your favorite level to teach and why? I don’t really have a...

From Fear of Water to Adult Swim Student to Swim Instructor

When Rachel Garcia was about 4 years old, she had a near-drowning experience. “I was at a beach with my mom and her friends, and there was a dog that was running, and it pushed me into the water, and nobody noticed it happen,” she...

Faces of FOSS: Jack Bursk

Jack Bursk Shift Coordinator Lakeview, IL How long have you worked for FOSS? About 3 years now! What is your favorite part of working for FOSS? Honestly, I love hopping in the water to teach and play with the kids! Cracking silly jokes in class and getting groans and...

Infographic: 5 Tips to Swim the Freestyle Faster

Rachel Bootsma, Foss Swim School alumna and Olympic gold medalist in the 4x100 meter medley relay, shares some of the tips that helped her take her freestyle form to the next level. ...

The pool deck: Is it hot in here? It’s not just you.

Why is it so hot in the pool area? It’s one of the questions we hear often from parents and others sitting alongside our pools. The answer is somewhat more complicated than most people would expect, but the short answer is that the heat is...

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