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,...

The Story of FOSS | Foss Swim School

By: Jon Foss As Foss Swim School begins its 25th year in business, I’ve been thinking a lot about the lessons I have learned and put into practice and how humble ideas can grow into something that seems completely different from the outside – and yet...

Meet the Instructors: Barbara Santiago

Barbara Santiago Office Manager Niles, IL How long have you worked for FOSS? I have worked for FOSS for 4 and a half years—crazy! What is your favorite part of working for FOSS? I have two! First would be the people. I've made so many friends and FOSS...

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