I’ve Enrolled for Swim Lessons… Now What?

You’ve taken the plunge and enrolled for your first Foss Swim School swimming lesson! That’s so exciting, but now what? Below, we break down the next steps, how you should ...
You’ve taken the plunge and enrolled for your first Foss Swim School swimming lesson! That’s so exciting, but now what? Below, we break down the next steps, how you should prepare and what first-time FOSS families can expect at the first lesson. To get the lay of the land, remember ...
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Progress Evaluations: What to Expect and Why We do Them

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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Back to School at FOSS: What our Teachers Love to Teach

It’s not only back to-school-season in your neighborhood, but here at Foss Swim School too! It’s an exciting time for students AND teachers. We’re a couple of weeks into our ...
It’s not only back to-school-season in your neighborhood, but here at Foss Swim School too! It’s an exciting time for students AND teachers. We’re a couple of weeks into our fall quarter and wanted to share some of the lessons and classes our instructors told us they love to teach. ...
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Hair and Skin Care Tips for Swimmers

Swimming comfort has come a long way since the days before goggles and before we had advanced filtration and water quality control. A lot of times chlorine and bleach were ...
Swimming comfort has come a long way since the days before goggles and before we had advanced filtration and water quality control. A lot of times chlorine and bleach were measured and dumped into pools by hand, a recipe for bloodshot eyes, scratchy skin and discolored hair. Foss Swim School ...
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From FOSS to the World Championships: Regan Smith’s Journey

It’s hard to find much to fault in Regan Smith’s swimming ability. The Lakeville, MN native has medaled in the Olympics, and now in 2022 is preparing to swim in ...
It’s hard to find much to fault in Regan Smith’s swimming ability. The Lakeville, MN native has medaled in the Olympics, and now in 2022 is preparing to swim in the World Championships in Budapest – but she understands that swimming, like any skill, doesn’t come easy. “I especially remember ...
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Get to Know Vadnais Heights: 5 Great Things About Our Newest Location

The newest Foss Swim School location began classes on June 5, and we’re excited to bring our new neighbors the improved water safety, confidence, and development that comes with learning ...
The newest Foss Swim School location began classes on June 5, and we’re excited to bring our new neighbors the improved water safety, confidence, and development that comes with learning to swim! The new location is in Vadnais Heights, Minnesota, a Twin Cities suburb north of St. Paul, and has ...
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Water Safety: Important Even to Olympic Swimmers

It’s safe to say Regan Smith is comfortable around water. With three swimming medals earned at the 2020 Olympic games, two first place finishes at the 2019 World Championships, and ...
It’s safe to say Regan Smith is comfortable around water. With three swimming medals earned at the 2020 Olympic games, two first place finishes at the 2019 World Championships, and a pair of current or former world records to her name, the Lakeville, MN native (who learned to swim at ...
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Why Do We Teach Kids to Swim to the Bottom?

Learning to swim well involves mastering a wide range of different skills, but few are more important than learning to trust and understand how you float. Benjamin Franklin actually wrote ...
Learning to swim well involves mastering a wide range of different skills, but few are more important than learning to trust and understand how you float. Benjamin Franklin actually wrote about learning to trust buoyancy in a letter to a friend, and included this very practical swimming exercise: Stand in ...
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How Long Should Swimming Classes Be?

Time is one of those rare things we all have in equal amounts, and how we choose to use it is one of our most important decisions. So when we ...
Time is one of those rare things we all have in equal amounts, and how we choose to use it is one of our most important decisions. So when we designed the Foss Swim School curriculum, the length of the lessons was not an arbitrary choice. It’s also a matter ...
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Faces of FOSS: Elle Janke

Elle Janke Swim Teacher Woodbury, MN   Do you have a nickname your students call you? Ella What is your favorite part of working for FOSS? Seeing the kids succeed ...
Elle Janke Swim Teacher Woodbury, MN   Do you have a nickname your students call you? Ella What is your favorite part of working for FOSS? Seeing the kids succeed and gain water confidence! What is your favorite FOSS story? My favorite FOSS story would have to be watching all ...
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Color Me Safer: Choosing Children’s Swimsuits

Who would think that choosing a swimsuit could affect water safety? But it really can! The visibility provided by a swimsuit can aid water watchers in spotting a swimmer in ...
Who would think that choosing a swimsuit could affect water safety? But it really can! The visibility provided by a swimsuit can aid water watchers in spotting a swimmer in distress, a point proven by Natalie Livingston, co-founder of Alive Solutions, an aquatic safety consultancy serving pools and aquatic centers, ...
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February 16th – Spring Quarter 2021 Enrollment FAQ

Thanks for your overwhelming interest in Spring Quarter swimming at FOSS this morning! We apologize for any inconvenience this caused you during your morning routine. Here are the answers to ...
Thanks for your overwhelming interest in Spring Quarter swimming at FOSS this morning! We apologize for any inconvenience this caused you during your morning routine. Here are the answers to a few of your questions. 1)   I registered this morning and my enrollment still says pending, when will I be ...
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COVID-19 Related Credit Extensions

Dear FOSS families, We are extending COVID related credits* based on the current restrictions in place in many of our communities. Throughout this year, we’ve been actively enforcing measures outlined ...
Dear FOSS families, We are extending COVID related credits* based on the current restrictions in place in many of our communities. Throughout this year, we’ve been actively enforcing measures outlined in our Safety First Plan, in accordance with local guidelines and implementing recommendations from the CDC and state health departments. ...
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Happy Swimming in Iowa: Reports from two new FOSS families

With all that goes into opening a new swim school, from building the location, to hiring and training the team, to getting the word out to local families, you can ...
With all that goes into opening a new swim school, from building the location, to hiring and training the team, to getting the word out to local families, you can see why it’s something we celebrate and that makes us very proud. But that’s doubly true of our new Foss ...
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Faces of FOSS: Abby Wild

Abby Wild Manager in Training for Minnesota Schools Chanhassen, MN How long have you worked for FOSS? I’ve worked at FOSS for about two months! Currently, I’m helping out in ...
Abby Wild Manager in Training for Minnesota Schools Chanhassen, MN How long have you worked for FOSS? I’ve worked at FOSS for about two months! Currently, I’m helping out in the office, teaching two-week swim camps, and am on deck a bit! What is your favorite part about working for ...
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