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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Helping Make Brianna’s Wish Come True

When FOSS student Brianna was diagnosed with B-Cell Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia in late September 2019, it was a devastating blow for her family and changed her life forever. While the ...
When FOSS student Brianna was diagnosed with B-Cell Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia in late September 2019, it was a devastating blow for her family and changed her life forever. While the most important thing was battling the cancer, she lost the ability to do a lot of things she loved – ...
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Your Space, Your Pace: Private and Semi-Private Swim Classes

Like schools everywhere, Foss Swim School is committed to providing a variety of learning environments to suit our students. For most students, we are big believers in the group learning ...
Like schools everywhere, Foss Swim School is committed to providing a variety of learning environments to suit our students. For most students, we are big believers in the group learning found in our once-a-week quarterly classes and 2- and 4-week long swim camps, but we know that isn’t for everyone. ...
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Backfloat Baby: Little Kids, Big Changes

Children go through a tremendous amount of change in their first three years. Their capabilities, needs, and bodies transform from month to month. At Foss Swim School, we have structured ...
Children go through a tremendous amount of change in their first three years. Their capabilities, needs, and bodies transform from month to month. At Foss Swim School, we have structured our Backfloat Baby series of classes to reflect that rapid development and position children from the start to set up ...
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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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