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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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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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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When Should Babies Start Swimming Lessons?

New parents have no shortage of questions about what’s best for their children, and other parents and experts have no shortage of answers. When it comes to the question of ...
New parents have no shortage of questions about what’s best for their children, and other parents and experts have no shortage of answers. When it comes to the question of when a baby should start swimming lessons, the answers are as diverse as you might expect, but in our professional ...
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Faces of FOSS: Krysten Nash Giesen

Krysten Nash Giesen Shift Coordinator Chanhassen, MN How long have you worked for FOSS? I’ve been working at FOSS for 4.5 years! What is your favorite part of working for ...
Krysten Nash Giesen Shift Coordinator Chanhassen, MN How long have you worked for FOSS? I’ve been working at FOSS for 4.5 years! What is your favorite part of working for FOSS?   The students I get to work with, and the FOSS family I have made at Chanhassen. Can you tell ...
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What We Teach in “Floating Up”

Floating is easy, right? Either something floats or it sinks. This might seem like common knowledge, but what we have learned teaching more than 200,000 people how to swim is ...
Floating is easy, right? Either something floats or it sinks. This might seem like common knowledge, but what we have learned teaching more than 200,000 people how to swim is that there is more to floating—and specifically floating up—than meets the eye. That’s why Foss Swim School identifies “Float Up” ...
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Faces of FOSS: Sylvia Johnson

Sylvia Johnson Shift Coordinator Niles, IL How long have you worked for FOSS? I’ve been at FOSS for two and a half years. What is your favorite part about working ...
Sylvia Johnson Shift Coordinator Niles, IL How long have you worked for FOSS? I’ve been at FOSS for two and a half years. What is your favorite part about working for FOSS? I like that everyone at FOSS works as a team. And everyone who works here genuinely loves being ...
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Faces of FOSS: Alexa Ihrke

Alexa Ihrke Head Receptionist Blaine, MN How long have you worked for FOSS? Almost two years! What is your favorite part about working for FOSS? I love that I am ...
Alexa Ihrke Head Receptionist Blaine, MN How long have you worked for FOSS? Almost two years! What is your favorite part about working for FOSS? I love that I am teaching kiddos a life-saving skill while showing them how to have fun at the same time. What is your favorite ...
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Special Needs Swimming Lessons Require Special Considerations

At Foss Swim School, we truly believe that every child can learn to swim. When it comes to swimming classes for special needs kids, we encourage parents to reach out ...
At Foss Swim School, we truly believe that every child can learn to swim. When it comes to swimming classes for special needs kids, we encourage parents to reach out to us before registering, so we can develop a plan together that offers the best chance of success and progress ...
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Faces of FOSS: Steve Ott

Steve Ott Site Director Sun Prairie, WI How long have you worked for FOSS? I’ve been at FOSS for 4 amazing years! What is your favorite part about working for ...
Steve Ott Site Director Sun Prairie, WI How long have you worked for FOSS? I’ve been at FOSS for 4 amazing years! What is your favorite part about working for FOSS? The students—no matter what life is throwing at you personally, the students are here to have fun and learn ...
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Why We Want Parents on the Pool Deck

As a rule, students do better in school when they have parents who are engaged. This is true of swim school as well – but the way to engage here ...
As a rule, students do better in school when they have parents who are engaged. This is true of swim school as well – but the way to engage here is a little different than what you might do at elementary school. First and foremost, we want you in the ...
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