FOSS Safety Overview


How we're taking action to ensure a safer environment for our families and staff that goes beyond water safety

How we're taking action to ensure a safer environment for our families and staff that goes beyond water safety

Updated 06/01/2020

A note from Susan Foss, our CEO

Safety is our #1 priority around water. This has always been included in our approach to both water safety education and facility safety measures and design. 

Throughout the time we have been closed we have been encouraged and inspired by messages from all of you about wanting to see your teachers and to get back to swimming. We’re also encouraged by all of you who have enrolled for Summer. We miss you and we miss swimming too! Thank you for your patience as we have all been working through this. 

Again, safety is at the core of what we do. We have been following government and health department guidelines to create a comprehensive plan that ensures that when we are able to open we have a safer environment for everyone. We have outlined a few points in our current plan below. It is subject to change. However, we want to share some of what we know now. 

Thank you for your patience and for choosing to swim with FOSS.
We can’t wait to see you back in the pool soon!

– Susan Foss, CEO

Safer families & swimmers

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Family Self-Screenings

People with these symptoms or combinations of these symptoms will be asked to NOT enter the building:

  • Fever or chills
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Fatigue
  • Muscle or body aches 
  • Headache
  • New loss of taste or smell
  • Sore throat
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Diarrhea
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1 Adult per 3 Swimmers + 10 minutes

A single parent or guardian may accompany one student, and up to three students in the same family. Please help us limit the total number of persons in the building.

Arrive no earlier than 10 minutes before your class is scheduled to start.


Lesson Formats

In order to adhere to proper social distancing guidelines we’re offering different lesson formats in different communities to start Summer 2020.

Opening Lesson Formats for Summer 2020:

  • Private/Semi-Private Lessons Only
  • Group Lessons and Private/Semi-Private Lessons

All lessons will be 30 minutes. This includes lessons that were previously 45 and 60 minute lessons.

Check your school for available formats.



Come Dressed to Swim 

Arrive in your suit. This will reduce the number of persons in the changing areas at any given time.

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One Way 

One way traffic through the building will assist us all in keeping distance.


Designated Seating

Designated seating will be available to assist us in keeping social distance of 6ft (2 meters).

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We will be increasing our already rigorous cleaning and disinfection protocols, including more frequent handwashing and the cleaning of high-touch surfaces like doors handles and bathroom fixtures.

Toys and pool equipment will also be treated on a more frequent schedule.


Water & Fresh Air

We will continue to maintain our already high standards in the filtration, including secondary ultra violet filtration. 

We will also continue to properly balance our chlorinated water and HVAC systems to keep clean water and fresh air flowing through the building.


Hygiene & Face Coverings

Wash your hands often.

Soap and hand sanitizer selected for properties to kill viruses will be available.

Face coverings are highly recommended. If you forget one, complimentary paper masks will be available for families. 

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Bring Your Goggles

Swimmers will be required to bring their own goggles until further notice. 

Goggles will be available for purchase in the Swim Shop while supplies last.


Not In Use

Some swim lanes, showers, changing stalls, suit spinners as well as hand and hair dryers will be temporarily out of use.


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No Returns & Fittings

Temporarily adjusting our return policy to not allow returns.

Temporarily suspending the practice of trying out suits and goggles before purchase.

Safer staff

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Health Screening

All staff will be screened with the same questions as families as they arrive at the pool. 

Staff will also receive a temperature check, before the start of each shift.




We will continue to prioritize the cleanliness of our schools for the health and safety of our families and staff by implementing increased cleaning measures.

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Face Covering

Super Safety Shields and face coverings will be provided for staff use. 


Additional Staff

Additional FOSS team members will assist us in cleanliness, One Way traffic flow and keeping distance between families. 


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Social Distancing

We will be practicing social distancing around the building, including in our staff areas to keep 6ft (2 meters) between us.


Work Areas

Staff will be using one station per shift as their station, and will clean their area before, during and after use.

Summer classes at FOSS:


Summer classes run through September 5th
(Check your school for your start date)


Enrollment for Summer 2020 is now open

Here for you!

We understand you may have additional questions or want to talk to a staff member about your swimmer or specific situation. We are available to assist! 

Use the live chat feature in the bottom right corner of this page
contact your school directly.

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