The FOSS Swim Path®, Part 1: Water Adjustment

This blog is the first part in our series breaking down the FOSS Swim Path®. Read the introduction to this series. It may seem obvious, but the foundation of all ...
This blog is the first part in our series breaking down the FOSS Swim Path®. Read the introduction to this series. It may seem obvious, but the foundation of all swimming ability (and by extension water safety) is a feeling of comfort in the water. No Olympic swimmer, lap-pool enthusiast ...
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The FOSS Swim Path®, Explained

This blog is the introduction to our series breaking down the FOSS Swim Path®. Read the next blog on the first Swim Path® milestone. At Foss Swim School, we are proud ...
This blog is the introduction to our series breaking down the FOSS Swim Path®. Read the next blog on the first Swim Path® milestone. At Foss Swim School, we are proud of the Swim Path® approach developed and refined by our founder, Jon Foss, over his decades as a swim instructor ...
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6 Tips for Swimming Siblings from a FOSS Family

We are thrilled that so many people make swim school a family affair! Across our network of schools, we have many families with two, three, or even more siblings enrolled ...
We are thrilled that so many people make swim school a family affair! Across our network of schools, we have many families with two, three, or even more siblings enrolled in swim classes during the same quarter. Understandably, this can be a logistical challenge, but we have found that some ...
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Appreciating All The Teachers at Foss Swim School

It’s Teacher Appreciation Week! While you are celebrating all the teachers in your life, be sure to also recognize all the amazing teachers who work here at Foss Swim School. ...
It’s Teacher Appreciation Week! While you are celebrating all the teachers in your life, be sure to also recognize all the amazing teachers who work here at Foss Swim School. Teaching kids to swim is about more than skills and technique – it’s about building relationships and trust, and the ...
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How Effective are Baby Swimming Lessons?

Parents who are considering signing up for infant swim classes, especially for the first time, don’t always know what to expect. They understand – correctly – that babies aren’t going ...
Parents who are considering signing up for infant swim classes, especially for the first time, don’t always know what to expect. They understand – correctly – that babies aren’t going to “learn to swim” any stroke when they are just six months old. If that’s the case, then how do ...
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Back to Swim School, Back to Fun: One Mom’s Experience

When we wrapped up our swim lesson on March 17, 2020, we thought we’d be back to our weekly lessons at FOSS in a few weeks. Little did we know, ...
When we wrapped up our swim lesson on March 17, 2020, we thought we’d be back to our weekly lessons at FOSS in a few weeks. Little did we know, our family would be taking a two-year break from my kiddo’s favorite activity.  So when we told our now 6-year-old ...
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Why Higher-Level Swim Students Thrive in Bigger Classes

Optimizing the size of a swim class is important at every stage of learning and mastering swim skills. At Foss Swim School, we’ve learned over the years that the optimal ...
Optimizing the size of a swim class is important at every stage of learning and mastering swim skills. At Foss Swim School, we’ve learned over the years that the optimal class size varies with the class level, and not always in the way you might expect. For our more advanced ...
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Why Swimming is the Essential Skill of Summer

It may be mid-February, but we prefer to think of it as pre- March, and March is spring, and spring means summer is almost here! That might be a stretch, ...
It may be mid-February, but we prefer to think of it as pre- March, and March is spring, and spring means summer is almost here! That might be a stretch, but it’s not too early to think about preparing for summer by making sure your family’s swim skills are refreshed ...
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A First-Time Backfloat Baby: One New Mom’s Experience

As we were packing up for our son Louie’s first day of swim school in September, I had so many questions. Is my husband allowed to come along to watch, ...
As we were packing up for our son Louie’s first day of swim school in September, I had so many questions. Is my husband allowed to come along to watch, given pandemic restrictions? I know I will be getting in the water with him. Am I supposed to wear a ...
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Our Swim Teachers’ Alter Egos

If you’ve been to a Foss Swim School, you know that we are lucky to employ some of the friendliest, most helpful, most outgoing people. But if you don’t get ...
If you’ve been to a Foss Swim School, you know that we are lucky to employ some of the friendliest, most helpful, most outgoing people. But if you don’t get in the pool, you might not know that many of our FOSS teachers also have secret identities – alter egos ...
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6 Ways to Help Kids Try New Things in the New Year

As a new year begins, there is always excitement that comes from the promise of new experiences and reaching new milestones. But all that newness can also be a source ...
As a new year begins, there is always excitement that comes from the promise of new experiences and reaching new milestones. But all that newness can also be a source of uncertainty—can I make it? What will it be like? Will I be scared? This is just as true for ...
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Good News from the Pool 2021: Reflections from FOSS

As 2021 comes to a close, even with all the challenges our communities faced during the year, we at FOSS feel grateful for all the things that went well. We ...
As 2021 comes to a close, even with all the challenges our communities faced during the year, we at FOSS feel grateful for all the things that went well. We asked our employees to reflect on the year that was, what made them feel good, and what positive lessons we ...
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When is it too late to learn to swim?

The short answer, of course, is it’s never too late to learn to swim. (We are a swim school, after all!) But with the emphasis placed on early learning, sometimes ...
The short answer, of course, is it’s never too late to learn to swim. (We are a swim school, after all!) But with the emphasis placed on early learning, sometimes parents of older kids – even teens, and sometimes the parents themselves – can feel like they’ve missed the boat ...
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Five Reasons People Love Working at Foss

Our students and their families know that it’s the people who work at Foss Swim School who make it such an amazing place. Part of the secret is in our ...
Our students and their families know that it’s the people who work at Foss Swim School who make it such an amazing place. Part of the secret is in our hiring: We look for people who are enthusiastic, positive, love water, and are great with kids and swimmers of all ...
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5 Reasons Winter is a Great Season for Swim School

If you think swim season ends with the first frost of the year, think again. At Foss Swim School, our motto is “Let’s go!” No matter what time of year ...
If you think swim season ends with the first frost of the year, think again. At Foss Swim School, our motto is “Let’s go!” No matter what time of year it is, you’ll find our swim instructors and staff are warm and welcoming, helping students develop their swim skills and ...
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