Celebrate the 4th: 8 water games for pool or lake

One of our favorite parts about summer is the 4th of July! Typically, this includes a long weekend, spending time with friends and family, and (hopefully) some quality water time ...
One of our favorite parts about summer is the 4th of July! Typically, this includes a long weekend, spending time with friends and family, and (hopefully) some quality water time at a backyard pool, splash pad, or lake. We put together a set of fun games to make the most ...
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The Why and How of Safety Day at Foss Swim School

By Foss Swim School Our quarterly Safety Week event is a tradition at Foss Swim School, and one way we bring our mission to improve water safety to the forefront. ...
By Foss Swim School Our quarterly Safety Week event is a tradition at Foss Swim School, and one way we bring our mission to improve water safety to the forefront. Our goal is to make this a really fun experience for swimmers even as they learn, review and practice key ...
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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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Water Safety Tips to Make Pool Time Even More Relaxing

There’s no splashing. No cries for help. It is fast. And it is silent. Phones, books, and even conversations can distract you. That’s why there’s no substitute for visual supervision ...
There’s no splashing. No cries for help. It is fast. And it is silent. Phones, books, and even conversations can distract you. That’s why there’s no substitute for visual supervision and proper water safety. [...]Read More...
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These are the People on the FOSS Pool Deck

We hear from families that what sets Foss Swim School apart, and the reason they keep coming back, is the people. We couldn’t agree more – hiring the right kinds ...
We hear from families that what sets Foss Swim School apart, and the reason they keep coming back, is the people. We couldn’t agree more – hiring the right kinds of people and training them well is a huge part of what FOSS does. We hire people who love working ...
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Heading to Summer Camp? Be Prepared for the Swim Test

As we head into midsummer, kids across the country are heading to summer camps, Scout camps and community center pools and beaches. And that means swim tests—for many kids, an ...
As we head into midsummer, kids across the country are heading to summer camps, Scout camps and community center pools and beaches. And that means swim tests—for many kids, an anxious and stressful event, but one that helps ensure better safety for campers. With a little forethought, parents can help ...
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3 Stories From Families About the Importance of Water Safety Skills | Foss Swim School

Summer is almost here! Are your kids ready for the water? It’s a scenario that parents don’t even want to contemplate—a child unexpectedly falling into water over their head. Yet ...
Summer is almost here! Are your kids ready for the water? It’s a scenario that parents don’t even want to contemplate—a child unexpectedly falling into water over their head. Yet it happens, despite setting clear rules for kids, the kids themselves having no intention of going in the water, and ...
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Why Treading Water is a Dangerous Safety Skill to Teach a Young Child | Foss Swim School

By Jon Foss, co-founder and lead instructor, Foss Swim School If you are old enough to have kids, there’s a chance you were taught to tread water as a water ...
By Jon Foss, co-founder and lead instructor, Foss Swim School If you are old enough to have kids, there’s a chance you were taught to tread water as a water safety skill. Parents who send their kids to Foss Swim School sometimes look at our curriculum and ask why treading ...
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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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FOSS Insider: Our “No Glass” Policy is for Safety – And More

You see the signs whenever you come into a Foss Swim School facility—no glass. We understand some of our customers strongly prefer using glass bottles, but there’s a good reason ...
You see the signs whenever you come into a Foss Swim School facility—no glass. We understand some of our customers strongly prefer using glass bottles, but there’s a good reason for this policy and why we enforce it so strongly. People naturally understand the risk of broken glass, but some ...
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Always Have a Water Watcher: Make Your Own Tag

One of the surest ways to improve water safety is to have a responsible adult who is focused on watching kids who are at play in or near a pool, ...
One of the surest ways to improve water safety is to have a responsible adult who is focused on watching kids who are at play in or near a pool, lake or other water. In almost all cases when families and friends go swimming, there is an adult present. But ...
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3 Families Who Didn’t Have Tragedies – Thanks to Basic Water Safety Skills | Foss Swim School

Summer is almost here! Are your kids ready for the water? Check out our available classes here. It’s a scenario that parents don’t even want to contemplate—a child unexpectedly falling ...
Summer is almost here! Are your kids ready for the water? Check out our available classes here. It’s a scenario that parents don’t even want to contemplate—a child unexpectedly falling into water over their head. Yet it happens, despite setting clear rules for kids, the kids themselves having no intention ...
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3 Rules for Sending Kids Near Water | Foss Swim School

Gretchen is a FOSS alumna and former U.S. record holder in the breaststroke. She shares her thoughts on swimming, parenting and life with our readers. Full disclosure: Up until two ...
Gretchen is a FOSS alumna and former U.S. record holder in the breaststroke. She shares her thoughts on swimming, parenting and life with our readers. Full disclosure: Up until two years ago, there would have been no way that I would have sent my kids on a play date that ...
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4 Keys to Staying Safer on the Water

With Spring around the corner, many of you will go on vacations in or around water. And whether your little one is a brand-new swimmer or is more advanced, it’s ...
With Spring around the corner, many of you will go on vacations in or around water. And whether your little one is a brand-new swimmer or is more advanced, it’s important that they—and you—know how to stay safe. [...]Read More...
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Drowning Is Silent

There’s no splashing. No cries for help. It is fast. And it is silent. Phones, books, and even conversations can distract you. That’s why there’s no substitute for visual supervision ...
There’s no splashing. No cries for help. It is fast. And it is silent. Phones, books, and even conversations can distract you. That’s why there’s no substitute for visual supervision and proper water safety. [...]Read More...
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