How Swimming Helps Kids with Joint & Muscular Issues

SPECIAL NOTE: Foss Swim School sponsored the 2020 Minnesota Walk to Cure Juvenile Arthritis on March 7, 2020. You can still donate; to learn more, please visit the Walk to Cure ...
SPECIAL NOTE: Foss Swim School sponsored the 2020 Minnesota Walk to Cure Juvenile Arthritis on March 7, 2020. You can still donate; to learn more, please visit the Walk to Cure Juvenile Arthritis event page. Swimming is great for all kids. It has additional benefits for kids like Kelsey, a 9-year ...
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5 Resolutions for 2020 from Foss Swim School

As we welcome the new year, it’s a great time to reflect on the year that was and make plans for the year ahead. Here are five ideas for ways ...
As we welcome the new year, it’s a great time to reflect on the year that was and make plans for the year ahead. Here are five ideas for ways to enjoy the water in 2020 (along with links to inspiring stories from our FOSS family from the past year.) ...
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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 manager at FOSS Swim School who has instructed numerous kids with a range of ...
Teaching swimming classes for special needs kids can be uniquely rewarding. Just ask D’Ar Zirbes, a manager 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 is ...
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From Fear of Water to Adult Swim Student to Swim Instructor

When Rachel Garcia was about 4 years old, she had a near-drowning experience. “I was at a beach with my mom and her friends, and there was a dog that ...
When Rachel Garcia was about 4 years old, she had a near-drowning experience. “I was at a beach with my mom and her friends, and there was a dog that was running, and it pushed me into the water, and nobody noticed it happen,” she recalls. “I remember being under ...
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Infographic: 5 Tips to Swim the Freestyle Faster

Rachel Bootsma, Foss Swim School alumna and Olympic gold medalist in the 4×100 meter medley relay, shares some of the tips that helped her take her freestyle form to the ...
Rachel Bootsma, Foss Swim School alumna and Olympic gold medalist in the 4×100 meter medley relay, shares some of the tips that helped her take her freestyle form to the next level. [...]Read More...
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5 Resolutions for 2019 from Foss Swim School

As the new year approaches, it’s a great time to reflect on the year that was and make plans for the year to come. Here are five ideas for ways ...
As the new year approaches, it’s a great time to reflect on the year that was and make plans for the year to come. Here are five ideas for ways to enjoy the water in 2019 (along with links to inspiring stories from our FOSS family from the past year.) ...
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How Learning to Swim has Changed Since the 60’s

There is a famous scene in the 1953 John Wayne movie “Hondo” where he encounters a six-year-old boy fishing. Upon learning the boy can’t swim, The Duke takes it upon ...
There is a famous scene in the 1953 John Wayne movie “Hondo” where he encounters a six-year-old boy fishing. Upon learning the boy can’t swim, The Duke takes it upon himself to remedy the situation in the most direct way possible—throwing the boy into the water. Today we know throwing ...
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Swimming Lessons Now, Fun in the Future!

Any time is the right time for learning to swim, of course. Swimming has been shown to have a positive impact on health, child development, and safety. But in our ...
Any time is the right time for learning to swim, of course. Swimming has been shown to have a positive impact on health, child development, and safety. But in our view, the biggest benefit of swimming is how it opens the door to confidently participating in a wide range of ...
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A Faster Way to Learn: Build Swim Skills In Weeks

Swimming is a lifelong skill, and one that can’t be learned overnight. If your swimmer can hit the pool more than once a week, however, swim skills can develop more ...
Swimming is a lifelong skill, and one that can’t be learned overnight. If your swimmer can hit the pool more than once a week, however, swim skills can develop more quickly since less time between classes leads to faster progress. That’s the idea behind Foss Swim School’s innovative Progress Builder ...
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Swim Lessons, a Promise and a Very Big Fish

Hunter wanted to go deep-sea-fishing, but his parents set one condition: Before they’d let him out on the big water, he needed to continue his swimming lessons to build his ...
Hunter wanted to go deep-sea-fishing, but his parents set one condition: Before they’d let him out on the big water, he needed to continue his swimming lessons to build his skills and confidence. “Hunter really, really wanted to go fishing with his dad, who loves to go deep sea fishing,” ...
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From “Give it a Try” to “Finished a Tri:” Swim Lessons for Adults | Foss Swim School

When Patricia decided to set a goal of finishing a sprint triathlon (half mile swim, 20-kilometer bike, 5-kilometer run), she had one overriding question: “Do I really know how to ...
When Patricia decided to set a goal of finishing a sprint triathlon (half mile swim, 20-kilometer bike, 5-kilometer run), she had one overriding question: “Do I really know how to swim?” By no means a newcomer to the water—the Minnesota native had grown up playing in lakes, had taken basic ...
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6 Benefits of Group Activities for Kids | Foss Swim School

Learning to swim is good for kids in a lot of ways – for safety, of course, for physical health, and even for cognitive development. But did you know that, ...
Learning to swim is good for kids in a lot of ways – for safety, of course, for physical health, and even for cognitive development. But did you know that, as a structured activity, swim school and swim teams also can help kids succeed socially? Swimming can be competitive or ...
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Five Tips to Swim Your Best Butterfly

The butterfly is considered by many swimmers to be one of the most difficult strokes, both because it is physically demanding and because of the timing involved. Rachel Bootsma, Foss ...
The butterfly is considered by many swimmers to be one of the most difficult strokes, both because it is physically demanding and because of the timing involved. Rachel Bootsma, Foss Swim School alumna and Olympic gold medalist in the 4×100 meter medley relay, shares some of the tips that helped ...
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