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 Site Director at Foss Swim School who has instructed numerous kids with a range ...
Teaching swimming classes for special needs kids can be uniquely rewarding. Just ask D’Ar Zirbes, a Site Director 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 ...
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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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FOSS Insider: What is our Swim Path™️ Approach?

In the more than quarter century since Jon Foss started teaching swim classes, we have been continuously refining and improving our curriculum, but always following the same approach to teaching ...
In the more than quarter century since Jon Foss started teaching swim classes, we have been continuously refining and improving our curriculum, but always following the same approach to teaching and the same concept of mastery through progression through the program. The FOSS Swim Path™️ is the latest evolution of ...
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FOSS Clinics and Programs For Competitive Swimmers

Many FOSS families join us and know us for our Learn To Swim program, focused first on safety and then on the fundamental skills that go into being a strong ...
Many FOSS families join us and know us for our Learn To Swim program, focused first on safety and then on the fundamental skills that go into being a strong swimmer. Those who stick with us through graduation may also see that those who complete the program are getting instruction ...
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Teacher Appreciation Week at Foss Swim School

While you’re celebrating all of the teachers in your life this week, we want to also celebrate the amazing teachers who work here at Foss Swim School. Teaching kids to ...
While you’re celebrating all of the teachers in your life this week, we want to also celebrate 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 art of making ...
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The Why and How of Safety Day at Foss Swim School

If you are a first-time FOSS family, you may have heard about our Water Safety Day events: One week during both our Fall and Spring Quarters, we have all of ...
If you are a first-time FOSS family, you may have heard about our Water Safety Day events: One week during both our Fall and Spring Quarters, we have all of our students review and practice key water safety activities, and review with families basic water safety tips. Our goal is ...
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FOSS Insider: The when’s and why’s of swimmer evaluations

Foss Swim School takes pride in operating like a school, using a structure and schedule that delivers the best possible learning environment for students. It’s why we schedule weekly classes ...
Foss Swim School takes pride in operating like a school, using a structure and schedule that delivers the best possible learning environment for students. It’s why we schedule weekly classes in quarters instead of drop-in classes – quarters allow students and instructors to develop rapport and trust and give students ...
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Why It’s OK to Take a Break from Swim School

Just to be clear—we love swimming. We would swim every day if we could, and can point to plenty of evidence that—like any skill—the more frequently and consistently a student ...
Just to be clear—we love swimming. We would swim every day if we could, and can point to plenty of evidence that—like any skill—the more frequently and consistently a student practices, the faster a student typically learns and masters that skill. Since swimming is a physical activity as well, kids ...
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FOSS Insider: How we Help Swimmers Make Up a Missed Class

Life happens. Kids get sick, important plans conflict with set schedules, and families go on vacation (to somewhere with water, we hope!) While swim class is important, students just can’t ...
Life happens. Kids get sick, important plans conflict with set schedules, and families go on vacation (to somewhere with water, we hope!) While swim class is important, students just can’t always make it. Fortunately, Foss Swim School has a unique way to help keep learning on track. We want our ...
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Safer Swimming Means Learning Basic Strokes | Foss Swim School

For many parents, a core reason to enroll in swim lessons is safety—helping their kids gain enough swimming skill to increase their chances of getting to safety and safely exiting ...
For many parents, a core reason to enroll in swim lessons is safety—helping their kids gain enough swimming skill to increase their chances of getting to safety and safely exiting the water in an emergency. At Foss Swim School we agree wholeheartedly. That’s why our program is designed to produce ...
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