Foss Swimming Lessons
The Foss Swim Program in Fergus Falls is a gift from Jon and Susan Foss to the community. It started in 2008 under Tom Uvaas, who coached Jon when he was a student at Hillcrest Lutheran Academy. LRH was the first out-state facility; the six original Foss Swim Schools are based in the Twin Cities. Foss Swimming is probably the best structured swim program in the country, and is based on the "light-bulb" approach in teaching, meaning that it is all about the child or individual, with enthusiastic instruction and FUN!
There are three levels of instruction: Little (ages 3 - 5), Middle (ages 5 - 7), and Big (ages 8 - adult). Tot lessons are not offered because of the size of the pool. It makes no difference if the purpose is for a child to be comfortable with placing his/her face in the water and learning a safety-turn, or an accomplished swimmer learning how to improve in the four competitive swim strokes; the structure and repition are the same to achieve individual excellence.
Another unique thing about the Fergus Falls program is the facility at the Mehl Center, where we have a small Endless Pool (with current!), and the water temperature is at a comfortable 92 degrees. A parent or adult is required at the lesson where deck participation is encouraged and "homework" is given to help the success of the experience.
Though the instruction seems child-oriented, everything in the lesson is based on sophisticated competitive techniques for excellence in the water. Many of the MN All-State swimmers are Foss alumni, and the most recent famous alumna is Regan Smith, who medaled in three events at the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo!
Foss Swim lessons bring joy as well as competence in the water. The smiles and individual accomplishments make it a party!
Foss Swim Lesson Prices:
1/2 hour swim lessons (4 sessions): $100