Why It’s OK to Take a Break from Swim School

Just to be clear—we love swimming. We would swim every day if we could, and can point to plenty of evidence that—like any skill—the more frequently and consistently a student ...
Just to be clear—we love swimming. We would swim every day if we could, and can point to plenty of evidence that—like any skill—the more frequently and consistently a student practices, the faster a student typically learns and masters that skill. Since swimming is a physical activity as well, kids ...
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Faces of FOSS: Allison Ryks

Allison Ryks Shift Coordinator Woodbury, MN How long have you worked for FOSS? Almost 3 years! What is your favorite part of working for FOSS? All of the joy! Laughter ...
Allison Ryks Shift Coordinator Woodbury, MN How long have you worked for FOSS? Almost 3 years! What is your favorite part of working for FOSS? All of the joy! Laughter truly comes first in everything we do! What is your favorite level to teach and why? I don’t really have ...
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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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The pool deck: Is it hot in here? It’s not just you.

Why is it so hot in the pool area? It’s one of the questions we hear often from parents and others sitting alongside our pools. The answer is somewhat more ...
Why is it so hot in the pool area? It’s one of the questions we hear often from parents and others sitting alongside our pools. The answer is somewhat more complicated than most people would expect, but the short answer is that the heat is necessary for us to deliver ...
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FOSS Insider: How we Help Swimmers Make Up a Missed Class

Life happens. Kids get sick, important plans conflict with set schedules, and families go on vacation (to somewhere with water, we hope!) While swim class is important, students just can’t ...
Life happens. Kids get sick, important plans conflict with set schedules, and families go on vacation (to somewhere with water, we hope!) While swim class is important, students just can’t always make it. Fortunately, Foss Swim School has a unique way to help keep learning on track. We want our ...
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Faces of FOSS: Sarajane Larson

Sarajane Larson Office Manager Woodbury, MN How long have you worked for FOSS? Time flies when you are having fun, but I am pretty sure it has been 5 years! ...
Sarajane Larson Office Manager Woodbury, MN How long have you worked for FOSS? Time flies when you are having fun, but I am pretty sure it has been 5 years! What is your favorite part of working for FOSS? I love that every day is fun and different!! I enjoy ...
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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 Down Under: Q&A with Aussie Olympic Coach Laurie Lawrence

When Jon and Susan Foss founded Foss Swim School in 1993, they started a program that was unlike any other in the U.S. at the time. In the years that ...
When Jon and Susan Foss founded Foss Swim School in 1993, they started a program that was unlike any other in the U.S. at the time. In the years that followed, it was not yet clear that it would be a sustainable business as it grew to multiple locations. But ...
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Safer Swimming Means Learning Basic Strokes | Foss Swim School

For many parents, a core reason to enroll in swim lessons is safety—helping their kids gain enough swimming skill to increase their chances of getting to safety and safely exiting ...
For many parents, a core reason to enroll in swim lessons is safety—helping their kids gain enough swimming skill to increase their chances of getting to safety and safely exiting the water in an emergency. At Foss Swim School we agree wholeheartedly. That’s why our program is designed to produce ...
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Faces of FOSS: Anaiz Cernas

Anaiz Cernas Site Director Libertyville, IL How long have you worked for FOSS? I’ve worked at FOSS for just over 5 years. I started in 2012 as an instructor, then ...
Anaiz Cernas Site Director Libertyville, IL How long have you worked for FOSS? I’ve worked at FOSS for just over 5 years. I started in 2012 as an instructor, then a deck assistant, a shift coordinator, and most recently site director of the Libertyville location. What is your favorite part ...
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4 More Ways to Swim, Learn, and Have Fun | Foss Swim School

Our success teaching hundreds of thousands of kids to swim over the past 25 years has earned our weekly swim classes many devoted families, but did you know that there ...
Our success teaching hundreds of thousands of kids to swim over the past 25 years has earned our weekly swim classes many devoted families, but did you know that there are more ways to swim with FOSS that go beyond classes? Our progress-builder camps, skill clinics, family swims, and fun ...
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Faces of FOSS: Becca Symbal

Becca Symbal Site Director Niles, IL How long have you worked for FOSS? I have worked at FOSS for almost 3 years! What is your favorite part of working for ...
Becca Symbal Site Director Niles, IL How long have you worked for FOSS? I have worked at FOSS for almost 3 years! What is your favorite part of working for FOSS? I love meeting all the families and making connections with the swimmers. Watching them grow and progress over the ...
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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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When should you get goggles for your swimmer-in-training?

At Foss Swim School, we like to think of goggles as a milestone for children who have developed a comfort with water and mastered the first few skills of water ...
At Foss Swim School, we like to think of goggles as a milestone for children who have developed a comfort with water and mastered the first few skills of water acclimation. Here’s what we look for before recommending goggles for a child. If you’re not sure, ask us—our instructors can ...
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FOSS Insider: Repetition as a Teaching Tool

“One swallow does not a summer make,” Aristotle said, reminding people that seeing one migrating bird isn’t evidence that the seasons have changed. At Foss Swim School, we take a ...
“One swallow does not a summer make,” Aristotle said, reminding people that seeing one migrating bird isn’t evidence that the seasons have changed. At Foss Swim School, we take a similar view—you can’t really show mastery of any of our swim skills just by doing it once. Parents sometimes ask ...
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