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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How Enrollment Works – A Registration Roadmap

An occasional series about how Foss Swim School operates. Whether you are considering swimming with us for the first time or already a part of the “Foss Family,” you may ...
An occasional series about how Foss Swim School operates. Whether you are considering swimming with us for the first time or already a part of the “Foss Family,” you may wonder how we approach the enrollment process at Foss Swim School. If this describes you, here is our registration roadmap, ...
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4 Swim Camp Scheduling Tips

Summers are always busy, and that means it’s never too early to plan your summer schedule! When the kids are off from school, many parents are looking to find both ...
Summers are always busy, and that means it’s never too early to plan your summer schedule! When the kids are off from school, many parents are looking to find both fun and healthy experiences for their kids to try, but also need to manage the conflicting schedules of these higher-involvement ...
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Behind the Scenes: The Grand Opening of Foss Swim School in Elmwood Park – Foss Swim School

With its grand opening in the first week of January 2018, the new Foss Swim School location in Elmwood Park, IL, becomes the new standard-bearer for the school. “We try ...
With its grand opening in the first week of January 2018, the new Foss Swim School location in Elmwood Park, IL, becomes the new standard-bearer for the school. “We try to improve on something every single time we open a location,” said Casey Fogerty, the site director of the new ...
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I’ve Registered for Swim Lessons…Now What? | Foss Swim School

You’ve taken the plunge and registered for your first Foss Swim School swimming lesson! That’s so exciting, but now what? Below, we break down next steps, how you should prepare ...
You’ve taken the plunge and registered for your first Foss Swim School swimming lesson! That’s so exciting, but now what? Below, we break down next steps, how you should prepare and what first-time FOSS families can expect at the first lesson. General Tips for All Families The big day is ...
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How Levels Help Kids Learn – Naturally

By Jon Foss, CEO and Lead Instructor, Foss Swim School It took me years to learn how to teach kids to swim; 50,000 lessons, actually. I am honored to be ...
By Jon Foss, CEO and Lead Instructor, Foss Swim School It took me years to learn how to teach kids to swim; 50,000 lessons, actually. I am honored to be a co-founder of the school, with my wife Susan, but humbled to have been its lead instructor and program architect. ...
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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 ...
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 has the same heart. ...
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Why FOSS Teaches Swimming in Quarters

By Jon Foss, co-founder, Foss Swim School It’s been more than 20 years since we founded Foss Swim School with the goal of helping kids learn to swim well for ...
By Jon Foss, co-founder, Foss Swim School It’s been more than 20 years since we founded Foss Swim School with the goal of helping kids learn to swim well for safety, fun and the benefit of a great life skill. But parents ask – rightly – about how we operate ...
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