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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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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When should you get goggles for your swimmer-in-training?

At Foss Swim School, we like to think of goggles as a milestone for children who have developed a comfort with water and mastered the first few skills of water ...
At Foss Swim School, we like to think of goggles as a milestone for children who have developed a comfort with water and mastered the first few skills of water acclimation. Here’s what we look for before recommending goggles for a child. If you’re not sure, ask us—our instructors can ...
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FOSS Insider: Repetition as a Teaching Tool

“One swallow does not a summer make,” Aristotle said, reminding people that seeing one migrating bird isn’t evidence that the seasons have changed. At Foss Swim School, we take a ...
“One swallow does not a summer make,” Aristotle said, reminding people that seeing one migrating bird isn’t evidence that the seasons have changed. At Foss Swim School, we take a similar view—you can’t really show mastery of any of our swim skills just by doing it once. Parents sometimes ask ...
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Cuteness Overload: Tales from our Swimmers

Thank you to all our swimmers and families for celebrating our 25th anniversary with us! We’ve enjoyed hearing what Foss Swim School has meant to you, and we hope we ...
Thank you to all our swimmers and families for celebrating our 25th anniversary with us! We’ve enjoyed hearing what Foss Swim School has meant to you, and we hope we showed you how much you mean to us every day. We especially love hearing right from our swimmers. As we ...
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25 Favorite FOSS Memories From Our Founders

  By Jon and Susan Foss, co-founders, Foss Swim School As we celebrate our 25 years leading Foss Swim School and helping hundreds of thousands of kids become better swimmers, ...
  By Jon and Susan Foss, co-founders, Foss Swim School As we celebrate our 25 years leading Foss Swim School and helping hundreds of thousands of kids become better swimmers, we find ourselves remembering some of the moments that stood out. Some of those moments are sweet, some are stressful, ...
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FOSS Insider: Our “No Glass” Policy is for Safety – And More

You see the signs whenever you come into a Foss Swim School facility—no glass on the pool deck. We understand some of our customers strongly prefer using glass bottles, but ...
You see the signs whenever you come into a Foss Swim School facility—no glass on the pool deck. We understand some of our customers strongly prefer using glass bottles, but there’s a good reason for this policy and why we enforce it so strongly. People naturally understand the risk of ...
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Swimmer’s Ear: Understanding, Preventing and Treating that Itch | Foss Swim School

By Jon Foss, founder, CEO and swim coach and instructor If your swimmer is complaining of an itchy or sore ear that’s a little red, feels plugged, and hurts more ...
By Jon Foss, founder, CEO and swim coach and instructor If your swimmer is complaining of an itchy or sore ear that’s a little red, feels plugged, and hurts more when you pull on the earlobe, you are likely dealing with swimmer’s ear—a subject I, unfortunately, have a lot of ...
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5 Reasons Kids Cry at Swimming (and how to help them) | Foss Swim School

By: Jon Foss, CEO and Lead Instructor, Foss Swim School It’s a scene you’ve probably seen at any swimming class with young children in it—a child unhappy with their lot in ...
By: Jon Foss, CEO and Lead Instructor, Foss Swim School It’s a scene you’ve probably seen at any swimming class with young children in it—a child unhappy with their lot in life and crying loudly. It’s no fault of the child or parent. Crying is a natural reaction in certain cases. ...
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