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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How To Adjust Kid’s Goggles in Four Easy Steps

Ever feel like you need superhero powers to successfully put on your kiddo’s goggles? We know the struggle, so we had our friends at TYR create this easy-peasy instructional video ...
Ever feel like you need superhero powers to successfully put on your kiddo’s goggles? We know the struggle, so we had our friends at TYR create this easy-peasy instructional video for #FossSwimSchool families. Step 1: Hold button while pulling strap to loosen Step 2: Line up against eyes Step 3: ...
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Catching up with Patricia, 18 Triathlons Later

Resolutions aren’t just for New Year’s, but for anyone whose 2021 exercise commitment could use a little inspiration, we decided to catch up with Foss Swim School adult swim lesson ...
Resolutions aren’t just for New Year’s, but for anyone whose 2021 exercise commitment could use a little inspiration, we decided to catch up with Foss Swim School adult swim lesson alum Patricia, who attended FOSS in 2018 with the goal of completing a sprint triathlon (read Patricia’s original story here.) ...
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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 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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Grandparents Love Foss Swim School, Too!

Hundreds of families come through our doors each week at FOSS. And though many of our students are accompanied by their parents, we also see grandparents hanging out poolside and ...
Hundreds of families come through our doors each week at FOSS. And though many of our students are accompanied by their parents, we also see grandparents hanging out poolside and becoming actively involved in their swimmer’s journey, which we absolutely love! Foss Swim School has been teaching swimmers to swim ...
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Lessons Learned Teaching Toddlers to Swim

The toddler years are full of rapid physical and emotional changes—and also a prime time for learning to swim. Starting swim classes early gives kids a boost in safety, has ...
The toddler years are full of rapid physical and emotional changes—and also a prime time for learning to swim. Starting swim classes early gives kids a boost in safety, has been shown to help kids reach developmental milestones sooner, and gives parents the confidence to enjoy a whole range of ...
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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

Log In to View Classes and Enroll Swimming is a lifelong skill, and one that can’t be learned overnight. If your swimmer can hit the pool more than once a ...
Log In to View Classes and Enroll 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 ...
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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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