Water Safety for Kids: 6 Steps to Safety

Every kid should be able to help themselves if they unexpectedly fall into the water, and it is every parent’s job to help their child be as prepared as possible. ...
Every kid should be able to help themselves if they unexpectedly fall into the water, and it is every parent’s job to help their child be as prepared as possible. Foss Swim School offers this six-step guide as a basis for effective life-saving actions in an emergency. We encourage you ...
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Kids Ask the Darndest Things … and FOSS Answers!

When you teach kids, you have a chance to see the world through their eyes. They notice and are curious about things that grown-ups dismiss or simply never think to ...
When you teach kids, you have a chance to see the world through their eyes. They notice and are curious about things that grown-ups dismiss or simply never think to ask about. Our teachers have heard a lot of questions over the years, and we go out of the way ...
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Keeping Kids Active and Adventurous in Unusual Times

During 2020, kids have faced challenge after challenge – the shift to distance learning during the spring (and for many kids in the fall as well); normal interactions with friends ...
During 2020, kids have faced challenge after challenge – the shift to distance learning during the spring (and for many kids in the fall as well); normal interactions with friends curtailed; and for many kids the cancellation of school and community sports leagues. All of these factors have also conspired ...
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Faces of FOSS: Jennifer Anderson

Jennifer Anderson Office Manager Ankeny, IA   What’s your name and do you have any nicknames students call you?  Jennifer Anderson aka. Swimming Jenny   What is your current job ...
Jennifer Anderson Office Manager Ankeny, IA   What’s your name and do you have any nicknames students call you?  Jennifer Anderson aka. Swimming Jenny   What is your current job title at FOSS?  Office Manager at our Ankeny location   How long have you worked for FOSS?  Almost a year!   What ...
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Faces of FOSS: Kayla Whittrock

Kayla Whittrock Shift Coordinator St. Louis Park, MN How long have you worked for FOSS? 5 years! What is your favorite part of working for FOSS?   Teaching a lifelong skill ...
Kayla Whittrock Shift Coordinator St. Louis Park, MN How long have you worked for FOSS? 5 years! What is your favorite part of working for FOSS?   Teaching a lifelong skill to kids and having fun while doing it. Can you tell us your favorite FOSS Story? When we had one ...
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Faces of FOSS: Nathan Cook

Nathan Cook St. Paul, Minnesota How long have you worked for FOSS?  9 years and counting. What is your favorite part of working for FOSS?   My favorite part of working ...
Nathan Cook St. Paul, Minnesota How long have you worked for FOSS?  9 years and counting. What is your favorite part of working for FOSS?   My favorite part of working at FOSS is making relationships with all the kids and families inside and outside of the pool!  What is your ...
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Faces of FOSS: Beth Thompson

Beth Thompson Fargo, North Dakota Do you have any nicknames students call you?   Beth. How long have you worked for FOSS?  4 months. What is your favorite part of working ...
Beth Thompson Fargo, North Dakota Do you have any nicknames students call you?   Beth. How long have you worked for FOSS?  4 months. What is your favorite part of working for FOSS?   Working with kids! What is your favorite skill to teach and why? Paint the ceilings. The imaginative portion ...
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Using Modern Teaching Practices in Swim School

The art and science of teaching has changed a lot in recent decades—and we’re not just talking about teaching swimming, but the fundamentals that go into education. American schools are ...
The art and science of teaching has changed a lot in recent decades—and we’re not just talking about teaching swimming, but the fundamentals that go into education. American schools are moving away from the lecture-and-test approach, away from teaching subjects in isolation and away from rote memorization. At Foss Swim ...
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COVID-19 IL, MO, ND, IA Family Communication 3-31-2020

Dear FOSS Families,   As of today, classes have been suspended until further notice.   Safety is at the core of what we do. As we look ahead to re-opening, we’re keeping ...
Dear FOSS Families,   As of today, classes have been suspended until further notice.   Safety is at the core of what we do. As we look ahead to re-opening, we’re keeping safety at the center of our plans. We can’t wait to see you all back at the pool as soon ...
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Designed for Learning: What Makes a FOSS Pool Different?

Walk into a Foss Swim School and you will find a special kind of pool: A purpose-built teaching pool. Founder Jon Foss has personally overseen or developed many of the ...
Walk into a Foss Swim School and you will find a special kind of pool: A purpose-built teaching pool. Founder Jon Foss has personally overseen or developed many of the custom features of these pools, all of them purposeful to support Jon’s teaching philosophy in a way a standard public ...
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COVID-19 MN Family Communication 3-27-2020

  Dear FOSS Families in Minnesota,   We learned this week that swim lessons are part of the group of companies and services mandated to close through May 1st in Minnesota. ...
  Dear FOSS Families in Minnesota,   We learned this week that swim lessons are part of the group of companies and services mandated to close through May 1st in Minnesota. As of today, we’re targeting Saturday, May 2nd as the next date we’ll be teaching lessons in Minnesota.  Safety is ...
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COVID-19 Family Communication 3-18-2020

Dear FOSS Families,   The events of the last weeks are truly unprecedented. In the 27 years we’ve invested in teaching people of all ages to LOVE WATER, we, like you, ...
Dear FOSS Families,   The events of the last weeks are truly unprecedented. In the 27 years we’ve invested in teaching people of all ages to LOVE WATER, we, like you, have never seen anything like this.  It was with a realistic concern for our employees, students and families and with ...
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COVID-19 Family Communication 3-13-2020

Dear Families, It is important to communicate we do not have any known COVID-19 confirmed or “presumptive” cases amongst any students, families or employees in any of our facilities at ...
Dear Families, It is important to communicate we do not have any known COVID-19 confirmed or “presumptive” cases amongst any students, families or employees in any of our facilities at this time. However, out of an abundance of caution and recommendations for community businesses to do their part for community ...
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Faces of FOSS: Max Hewitt

Max Hewitt Shift Coordinator Maple Grove, MN How long have you worked for FOSS? 2 years! What is your favorite part of working for FOSS?   Making kids laugh. Can you ...
Max Hewitt Shift Coordinator Maple Grove, MN How long have you worked for FOSS? 2 years! What is your favorite part of working for FOSS?   Making kids laugh. Can you tell us your favorite FOSS Story? It’s too hard to pick a favorite, every day I come in something new ...
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