What it Takes to Get Back On the (Swim) Path

Although our swim schools have been returning back to normal schedules and learning over the past few months, for some families, fall quarter will be their first time back in ...
Although our swim schools have been returning back to normal schedules and learning over the past few months, for some families, fall quarter will be their first time back in the pool in a year and a half. Even among families who returned over the past year, some take the ...
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FOSS Insider: What is the right age to start swim lessons?

We are big advocates of kids learning to swim – including babies. We encourage early exposure to water, and getting kids in the pool as early as six months. So ...
We are big advocates of kids learning to swim – including babies. We encourage early exposure to water, and getting kids in the pool as early as six months. So if six months is good, four months or two months is even better, right? Actually, when a child is under ...
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What to Expect at Your First Swim Class

If you are a first-time FOSS family getting ready to attend your swimmer’s first swim class, there’s probably a fair amount of excitement (and maybe a little nervousness) in the ...
If you are a first-time FOSS family getting ready to attend your swimmer’s first swim class, there’s probably a fair amount of excitement (and maybe a little nervousness) in the air at your house. Many new students and their families also have some questions or curiosity about what to expect, ...
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The Health Benefits of Swimming for Adults

Many people think of Foss Swim School as a youth program, but did you know we offer swim lessons for adults as well? These lessons tend to be more customized ...
Many people think of Foss Swim School as a youth program, but did you know we offer swim lessons for adults as well? These lessons tend to be more customized to the needs and interests of the swimmer and so don’t appear as a distinct level on our Swim Path, ...
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Welcoming Signs for Special-Needs Students

Our commitment to helping every child learn to swim well sometimes gives Foss Swim School instructors a reason to get creative. Marissa, the office manager at our swim school in ...
Our commitment to helping every child learn to swim well sometimes gives Foss Swim School instructors a reason to get creative. Marissa, the office manager at our swim school in Ballwin, MO was searching for a way to help a student who is on the autism spectrum who was experiencing ...
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How Swimming Promotes Resilience for Kids

If there is one thing the events of 2020 has shown us, it’s the value of having resilience. It’s become one of the buzzwords of the pandemic, and a trait ...
If there is one thing the events of 2020 has shown us, it’s the value of having resilience. It’s become one of the buzzwords of the pandemic, and a trait parents have seen their children exhibit and develop through a year of uncertainty, changes to routine, and the need to ...
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Catching up with Patricia, 18 Triathlons Later

Resolutions aren’t just for New Year’s, but for anyone whose 2021 exercise commitment could use a little inspiration, we decided to catch up with Foss Swim School adult swim lesson ...
Resolutions aren’t just for New Year’s, but for anyone whose 2021 exercise commitment could use a little inspiration, we decided to catch up with Foss Swim School adult swim lesson alum Patricia, who attended FOSS in 2018 with the goal of completing a sprint triathlon (read Patricia’s original story here.) ...
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Some Good News from 2020: Positive Reflections on a Tough Year

Many people are ready to show 2020 the door, but even in tough times, there is always good to be found. Sometimes it’s in response to challenges, other times it ...
Many people are ready to show 2020 the door, but even in tough times, there is always good to be found. Sometimes it’s in response to challenges, other times it comes from recognizing moments of everyday joy that can’t be diminished by what’s happening all around. At Foss Swim School, ...
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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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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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