Keeping Kids Active and Adventurous in Unusual Times

During 2020, kids have faced challenge after challenge – the shift to distance learning during the spring (and for many kids in the fall as well); normal interactions with friends ...
During 2020, kids have faced challenge after challenge – the shift to distance learning during the spring (and for many kids in the fall as well); normal interactions with friends curtailed; and for many kids the cancellation of school and community sports leagues. All of these factors have also conspired ...
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FOSS Partners with Fargo Police to Teach New Americans to Swim

Teaching water safety is the number one priority of Foss Swim School. We also encourage people to learn to swim for its physical, social and confidence-building benefits, and kids probably ...
Teaching water safety is the number one priority of Foss Swim School. We also encourage people to learn to swim for its physical, social and confidence-building benefits, and kids probably think first of how fun water is, but it all hinges on safety. Co-founder Jon Foss was directly affected by ...
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How long does it take to learn to swim?

“How long is it going to take for my child to learn to swim?” This is one of the most common questions parents ask – and one whose answer is ...
“How long is it going to take for my child to learn to swim?” This is one of the most common questions parents ask – and one whose answer is specific to each student. Like learning to play the piano, speak a language, or perform gymnastics, there are a lot ...
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Teaching Adults to Swim the FOSS Way

by Jon Foss Over half of American adults can’t swim or lack some basic swimming skills, according to an American Red Cross survey. An even larger percentage can’t swim well, ...
by Jon Foss Over half of American adults can’t swim or lack some basic swimming skills, according to an American Red Cross survey. An even larger percentage can’t swim well, both increasing their risk around water and denying them the many benefits of swimming, including: Cardiovascular health Low impact on ...
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When Should Babies Start Swimming Lessons?

New parents have no shortage of questions about what’s best for their children, and other parents and experts have no shortage of answers. When it comes to the question of ...
New parents have no shortage of questions about what’s best for their children, and other parents and experts have no shortage of answers. When it comes to the question of when a baby should start swimming lessons, the answers are as diverse as you might expect, but in our professional ...
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Kids Keep Asking the Darndest Things … And FOSS Keeps Answering!

When you teach kids, you have a chance to see the world through their eyes. They notice and are curious about things that grownups dismiss or simply never think to ...
When you teach kids, you have a chance to see the world through their eyes. They notice and are curious about things that grownups dismiss or simply never think to ask about. Our teachers have heard a lot of questions over the years, and we go out of the way ...
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Kids Ask the Darndest Things … and FOSS Answers!

When you teach kids, you have a chance to see the world through their eyes. They notice and are curious about things that grown-ups dismiss or simply never think to ...
When you teach kids, you have a chance to see the world through their eyes. They notice and are curious about things that grown-ups dismiss or simply never think to ask about. Our teachers have heard a lot of questions over the years, and we go out of the way ...
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Private and Semi-Private Swim Classes: Why and how?

In addition to group classes, FOSS offers more specific and individualized environments for learning through private and semi-private instruction. First, the facts: Private classes involve 1:1 instruction with a teacher, ...
In addition to group classes, FOSS offers more specific and individualized environments for learning through private and semi-private instruction. First, the facts: Private classes involve 1:1 instruction with a teacher, while semi-private offers 2:1 instruction (our typical group class will have a 3:1 or 4:1 ratio.) A semi-private class must ...
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What We Teach in “Floating Up”

Floating is easy, right? Either something floats or it sinks. This might seem like common knowledge, but what we have learned teaching more than 200,000 people how to swim is ...
Floating is easy, right? Either something floats or it sinks. This might seem like common knowledge, but what we have learned teaching more than 200,000 people how to swim is that there is more to floating—and specifically floating up—than meets the eye. That’s why Foss Swim School identifies “Float Up” ...
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Swim School Homework (Yes, it’s a thing!)

With fall classes back in session, parents everywhere are getting back in the habit of checking backpacks and reminding their kids to get their homework done. While you’re at it, ...
With fall classes back in session, parents everywhere are getting back in the habit of checking backpacks and reminding their kids to get their homework done. While you’re at it, don’t forget to do swim school homework too! Our teachers only get a short time with students each week, so ...
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Special Needs Swimming Lessons Require Special Considerations

At Foss Swim School, we truly believe that every child can learn to swim. When it comes to swimming classes for special needs kids, we encourage parents to reach out ...
At Foss Swim School, we truly believe that every child can learn to swim. When it comes to swimming classes for special needs kids, we encourage parents to reach out to us before registering, so we can develop a plan together that offers the best chance of success and progress ...
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Why We Want Parents on the Pool Deck

As a rule, students do better in school when they have parents who are engaged. This is true of swim school as well – but the way to engage here ...
As a rule, students do better in school when they have parents who are engaged. This is true of swim school as well – but the way to engage here is a little different than what you might do at elementary school. First and foremost, we want you in the ...
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Do swim classes seem like playtime? That’s on purpose.

Does it ever seem like maybe your young child is having TOO much fun in swim class? While we certainly enjoy the giggles, laughter and smiles of the kids we ...
Does it ever seem like maybe your young child is having TOO much fun in swim class? While we certainly enjoy the giggles, laughter and smiles of the kids we teach, they are actually a very serious component of the teaching approach at Foss Swim School. The games we play ...
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Special Needs Swimming Lessons: An Instructor’s Perspective

Teaching swimming classes for special needs kids can be uniquely rewarding. Just ask D’Ar Zirbes, a manager at FOSS Swim School who has instructed numerous kids with a range of ...
Teaching swimming classes for special needs kids can be uniquely rewarding. Just ask D’Ar Zirbes, a manager at FOSS Swim School who has instructed numerous kids with a range of developmental and physical challenges. D’Ar said the most important thing a parent of a special needs child can do is ...
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Swim Strokes and Styles: 4 We Teach at FOSS (and 4 We Don’t)

There are countless ways to have fun and love water, and being a confident swimmer makes all of them safer and more enjoyable. The Foss Swim School program is built ...
There are countless ways to have fun and love water, and being a confident swimmer makes all of them safer and more enjoyable. The Foss Swim School program is built to teach swimmers mastery of four primary strokes, but of course those aren’t the only ways to swim. Why do ...
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