Salt Water Pools: Understanding When and Why They’re Used | Foss Swim School

By Jon Foss It’s a question we hear from customers on a regular basis: Does FOSS use salt water generators as part of the water purification in its pools? The ...
By Jon Foss It’s a question we hear from customers on a regular basis: Does FOSS use salt water generators as part of the water purification in its pools? The short answer is that we DO have salt water generators at some of our locations, but the answer our customers ...
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Using Modern Teaching Practices in Swim School

The art and science of teaching has changed a lot in recent decades—and we’re not just talking about teaching swimming, but the fundamentals that go into education. American schools are ...
The art and science of teaching has changed a lot in recent decades—and we’re not just talking about teaching swimming, but the fundamentals that go into education. American schools are moving away from the lecture-and-test approach, away from teaching subjects in isolation and away from rote memorization. At Foss Swim ...
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COVID-19 IL, MO, ND, IA Family Communication 3-31-2020

Dear FOSS Families,   As of today, classes have been suspended until further notice.   Safety is at the core of what we do. As we look ahead to re-opening, we’re keeping ...
Dear FOSS Families,   As of today, classes have been suspended until further notice.   Safety is at the core of what we do. As we look ahead to re-opening, we’re keeping safety at the center of our plans. We can’t wait to see you all back at the pool as soon ...
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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 ...
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 a way a standard public ...
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COVID-19 MN Family Communication 3-27-2020

  Dear FOSS Families in Minnesota,   We learned this week that swim lessons are part of the group of companies and services mandated to close through May 1st in Minnesota. ...
  Dear FOSS Families in Minnesota,   We learned this week that swim lessons are part of the group of companies and services mandated to close through May 1st in Minnesota. As of today, we’re targeting Saturday, May 2nd as the next date we’ll be teaching lessons in Minnesota.  Safety is ...
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COVID-19 Family Communication 3-18-2020

Dear FOSS Families,   The events of the last weeks are truly unprecedented. In the 27 years we’ve invested in teaching people of all ages to LOVE WATER, we, like you, ...
Dear FOSS Families,   The events of the last weeks are truly unprecedented. In the 27 years we’ve invested in teaching people of all ages to LOVE WATER, we, like you, have never seen anything like this.  It was with a realistic concern for our employees, students and families and with ...
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COVID-19 Family Communication 3-13-2020

Dear Families, It is important to communicate we do not have any known COVID-19 confirmed or “presumptive” cases amongst any students, families or employees in any of our facilities at ...
Dear Families, It is important to communicate we do not have any known COVID-19 confirmed or “presumptive” cases amongst any students, families or employees in any of our facilities at this time. However, out of an abundance of caution and recommendations for community businesses to do their part for community ...
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COVID-19 Family Communication 3-5-2020

FOSS Families, We are monitoring the CDC and each state’s Department of Health’s recommendations regarding preventative measures we can all take to manage a potential outbreak of COVID-19, or “coronavirus”. ...
FOSS Families, We are monitoring the CDC and each state’s Department of Health’s recommendations regarding preventative measures we can all take to manage a potential outbreak of COVID-19, or “coronavirus”. We are tracking daily updates on the nature of this potential threat in our communities and will update you as ...
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These are the People on the FOSS Pool Deck

We hear from families that what sets Foss Swim School apart, and the reason they keep coming back, is the people. We couldn’t agree more – hiring the right kinds ...
We hear from families that what sets Foss Swim School apart, and the reason they keep coming back, is the people. We couldn’t agree more – hiring the right kinds of people and training them well is a huge part of what FOSS does. We hire people who love working ...
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Words Matter: The Power of Positivity

As a swim school, FOSS spends a lot of time training our teachers the right way to pass along and nurture the development of specific swim skills. We turn these ...
As a swim school, FOSS spends a lot of time training our teachers the right way to pass along and nurture the development of specific swim skills. We turn these skills into fun, age-appropriate activities and exercises that build on each other to help a child progress on their own, ...
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Learning is Learning – In and Out of the Pool

Learning to swim—or learning any activity—sometimes gets put in a separate category by parents from the learning done in elementary school. Sometimes it’s called sports, or exercise, or physical activity, ...
Learning to swim—or learning any activity—sometimes gets put in a separate category by parents from the learning done in elementary school. Sometimes it’s called sports, or exercise, or physical activity, and teaching it is called “coaching” or “instruction.” In our experience, learning physical skills has a lot more in common ...
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FOSS Policies: Creating a Safe Environment at The Pool

Signs, signs, everywhere a sign! At FOSS, we try to make our policies at the pool clear, and the signs you see posted around the school are there to remind ...
Signs, signs, everywhere a sign! At FOSS, we try to make our policies at the pool clear, and the signs you see posted around the school are there to remind swimmers, families and visitors of some of the basic rules we establish and enforce at the pool. As a rule, ...
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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 ...
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 necessary for us to deliver ...
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Swimming Down Under: Q&A with Aussie Olympic Coach Laurie Lawrence

When Jon and Susan Foss founded Foss Swim School in 1993, they started a program that was unlike any other in the U.S. at the time. In the years that ...
When Jon and Susan Foss founded Foss Swim School in 1993, they started a program that was unlike any other in the U.S. at the time. In the years that followed, it was not yet clear that it would be a sustainable business as it grew to multiple locations. But ...
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4 More Ways to Swim, Learn, and Have Fun | Foss Swim School

Our success teaching hundreds of thousands of kids to swim over the past 25 years has earned our weekly swim classes many devoted families, but did you know that there ...
Our success teaching hundreds of thousands of kids to swim over the past 25 years has earned our weekly swim classes many devoted families, but did you know that there are more ways to swim with FOSS that go beyond classes? Our progress-builder camps, skill clinics, family swims, and fun ...
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