Foss Swim School

Foss Swim School teaches students to love waterโ€”not just to swim. Foss Swim School: The science of swimming and the art of learning.

Our proven Swim Pathโ„ข curriculum, highly-trained teachers and pools designed for learning can help any swimmer reach their goal of graduating as a strong, well-rounded swimmer.

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It's the month of love, and we ๐Ÿ’™ water at Foss Swim School! ๐ŸŠโ€โ™€๏ธโœจ


Meet Charles, one of our teachers at our new swim school in Western Springs, IL! ๐Ÿ‘‹

Our Western Springs school opens for Spring Quarter on March 10! Enrollment is now open for ALL of our swim schools, so enroll today for Spring Quarter swimming lessons. ๐Ÿ‘‰ ๐Ÿ’™๐Ÿ’›๐ŸŠ

Photos from Foss Swim School's post 02/14/2024

Life is good when you ๐Ÿ’™ Happy Valentine's Day!

Spread your love of water with a FOSS Gift Card! Click here to purchase one today ๐Ÿ‘‰ โœจ๐ŸŠ


๐Ÿ“ฃ at Foss Swim School! It's time - We are NOW ENROLLING for Spring Quarter! ๐Ÿคฉ๐Ÿ’›

Swimming is an essential skill for summer, so Spring Quarter is a great time to brush up on those skills before warm weather comes our way.

Our one-of-a-kind Swim Pathยฎ program considers each student's age, previous water experience, and skills already developed to personalize their learning. No matter where you are on the Swim Pathยฎ, we can help you learn to swim!

We have plenty of class options available to fit your schedule. Enroll now! ๐Ÿ‘‰


Happy birthday to the one and only Regan Smith! โœจ

We can't wait to see all the amazing things you accomplish this year ๐Ÿ’™


Photos from Foss Swim School's post 02/07/2024

Happy National Girls & Women in Sports Day ๐Ÿ’™

As a Swim School, we encourage everyone to lead healthy and active lives. Today, we celebrate women's sports and their inspirational impact on girls and women to play and be active. We applaud all of the amazing women athletes that have come from FOSS and beyond. ๐Ÿ’™โœจ

Photos from Foss Swim School's post 02/07/2024

Look at all these happy swimmers getting ready for summer swimming! Be sure to get your reminders set - Spring Quarter enrollment begins on February 13th. ๐Ÿคฉ๐ŸŠ

Check out your local Foss Swim School's Spring Quarter schedule ๐Ÿ‘‰


Learning to swim and is even better when you have friends to cheer you on (and swim with!)! ๐Ÿ’™๐Ÿ’›๐ŸŠโ€โ™€๏ธ


Big waves of excitement ahead! ๐ŸŽ‰ We're thrilled to announce our brand-new partnership with Step Into Swim to provide several no-cost swimming lessons to children from across the Midwest!

Drowning is the leading cause of unintentional death for children ages 1-4; however, receiving formal swimming lessons reduces the risk of drowning by 88%. We are proud to partner with Step Into Swim to positively impact our communities and continue spreading awareness of the importance of water safety.

Step Into Swim is a non-profit, nationwide initiative of the Pool & Hot Tub Alliance dedicated to creating more swimmers through safe swim education. Since 2012, they have gifted more than 300,000 children swim lessons. We couldn't be more excited to extend our impact to even more children! ๐Ÿ’™


Get set for summer swimming with Spring Quarter swimming lessons at Foss Swim School! ๐Ÿคฉ

The Spring Quarter schedule is NOW POSTED! Check out your FOSS Family Account to see all the available options at your local Foss Swim School ๐Ÿ‘‰

Photos from Foss Swim School's post 01/30/2024

Did you know that swimming lessons play a crucial role in your child's development? It's not just about fun in the water but also about acquiring life-saving skills and boosting cognitive and physical development. ๐Ÿง ๐Ÿ’ช

Studies show that kids who participate in swimming lessons from an early age demonstrate advanced motor skills, adapt better to new environments, and even perform better academically! ๐Ÿ†

And let's not forget the confidence boost. Mastering swimming strokes gives your little ones a sense of achievement, leading to improved self-esteem. ๐Ÿ’™๐Ÿ’›๐ŸŠโ€โ™€๏ธ

Let's continue to make swimming a life skill, not just a sport! ๐Ÿ’™


to our last photoshoot! Ever wonder how we get those underwater shots? Thanks to our friends at Fresh Coast Collective, we were able to capture some lessons in action. ๐Ÿคฉ๐Ÿ“ธ


Here's what swimming lessons are like at Foss Swim School:

1. Our friendly front office staff greets you as you walk in! You can head over to our Swim Shop, which has all the swimming lesson essentials you may need, such as swimsuits, goggles, towels, and more. We also have a play area where your kiddos can hang out while they wait for their lesson.

2. Our personalized Swim Pathยฎ curriculum considers each studentโ€™s age, previous water experiences, and skills already developed to determine their best pace for learning in our 91-degree pools!

3. You can prepare for class in one of our clean, spacious, and private changing areas!

4. Dry off quickly after class with one of our Dyson hair dryers. Plus, we have swimsuit dryers that make transporting your suit after class easy. No more plastic bags!

5. Lots of FUN! Our teachers make learning to swim fun with games and songs. Your student will make friendships with other classmates as they learn a lifesaving skill. ๐ŸŠ


2024 is here. Have you thought about the ways to set your child up for success this year? Here are a few ways to give your child the tools they need to make the most of 2024. ๐Ÿ’™

โœ… Make sleep a priority. Sleep is critical for creating healthy habits. Especially after the holidays, we typically aren't sticking to a set sleep schedule, so help your child get back into a routine by creating a relaxing environment for them to get those Z's. ๐Ÿ˜ด

โœ… Encourage a balance of various activities. Finding ways to get kids' energy out in the winter can be tricky, but it's still important to find ways for kids to be active for at least 60 minutes daily. One way to do this is by enrolling your child Foss Swim School for Winter Quarter swimming lessons! ๐ŸŠ (You can do so here ๐Ÿ‘‰

โœ… Create a positive routine. Your morning routine sets the tone for the day, so finding fun ways to make habits is essential. Some ideas are making breakfast as a family or reading a book before school.

โœ… Be present and supportive. The most critical piece is being there for your child through all the ups and downs. At FOSS, caregiver and parental engagement is a core piece of our program because we've learned that our students learn best when they feel supported. ๐Ÿ’™

What are some tips that you have? We'd love to hear them! ๐Ÿ‘‡


Dreaming of summer? Make the most of your summer plans with our Summer Swim Camps! Give your little ones a summer they wonโ€™t forget, filled with fun, friendship, and water safety skills. โ˜€๏ธ๐ŸŒŠ๐Ÿ–๏ธ

Our swim camps are a flexible option for families, as they are less time commitment, provide the same curriculum as our quarterly classes, and can result in even MORE progress! They're the perfect way to fit summer swimming lessons and water safety into your busy summer schedule.

You can enroll for Summer Swim Camps today on your FOSS Family Account! Click here to enroll ๐Ÿ‘‰


Today, we honor Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., a champion of justice, equality, and peace. This year, we invite you to teach your swimmers about his tremendous legacy.๐Ÿ’™๐Ÿ’›

1๏ธโƒฃ Start with the basics: ๐Ÿ“– Share simple facts about MLK's life, his dedication to civil rights, and how he changed the world through love, not violence.

2๏ธโƒฃ Effects on history: ๐ŸŒ Map out a timeline of key events, showcasing how MLKโ€™s speeches and actions resulted in crucial law changes, a ground-breaking era in history!

3๏ธโƒฃ The Power of Words: ๐Ÿ“ Read excerpts from his speeches, such as the famous "I Have A Dream," and discuss the importance of positive dialogue and speaking up for justice.

4๏ธโƒฃ Emphasizing Equality: ๐Ÿ’™ Finishing up by discussing equality in the current world, pointing out improvements as well as areas still in need of change. This will help them understand that Kingโ€™s dream is still alive and relevant.

Let the spirit of unity thrive in our children's hearts, just like it did in MLK's. ๐Ÿ’™


Learning to swim can be a scary experience at first, but having a warm and caring swim teacher can make the biggest difference.๐Ÿ’™

MG was uncomfortable with swimming until her teacher, Ms. Gina, helped her overcome her fear of water. With all of Ms. Gina's help and encouragement, MG is now heading up to the next level! ๐Ÿคฉ

Crying at lessons is natural and almost always healthy. At Foss Swim School, our approach to teaching swimming begins with getting kids to a place where they can laugh! When a child is crying, we use different tools, such as:

๐Ÿ’™ Letting a child watch for a while to see how much other kids enjoy the water
๐Ÿ’› Offering reassurance and giving a child a small thing they can do and reward them with joy
๐Ÿ’™ Bringing in help to allow the instructor more one-on-one time with the child
๐Ÿ’› Addressing specific sources of anxiety where possible (such as trying a class at a quieter time)

We hire mature, personable, and engaging adults to ensure our students are always in a comfortable and encouraging environment. ๐Ÿ’™


Meet this week's feature, Swim Teacher Kae Joyner from our Ballwin, MO school! ๐Ÿ‘‹

Kae loves cookie dough ice cream, curry, and dogs! She enjoys diving for rings and playing pool volleyball, too. Her favorite FOSS story was when she had a student who was so close to progressing to the next level all quarter, and finally, on the last day of classes, something clicked, and they swam so confidently! She loved seeing their bright lightbulb moment in the final class of the quarter. ๐Ÿ’ก

You can learn more about Kae in her feature here ๐Ÿ‘‰


We are excited to partner with Outdoor Afroโ€˜s (Outdoor Afro) Making Waves program to provide 200 kids and caregivers with beginner swim lessons at no cost. ๐Ÿ’™

Outdoor Afro is a national not-for-profit organization that celebrates and inspires Black connections and leadership in nature. Making Waves is an uplifting and life-saving solution for our local communities to access and strengthen relationships with water.

Click here to apply for a scholarship today ๐Ÿ‘‰

Photos from Foss Swim School's post 01/06/2024

As 2024 starts, you may wonder, "What's the best age to start swimming lessons?" At Foss Swim School, we believe anyone can learn to swim at any time! ๐ŸŠโ€โ™€๏ธ

The only requirement to learning to swim at FOSS is that you must be at least 6 months old. The reason for this is quite surprising because it has nothing to do with a child's ability to enjoy water or the risks you may typically associate with pools. It actually has to do with nutrition!

Babies under 6 months old get their nutrition from milk or formula. Until 6 months old, it is typically their sole source of food and water. When babies under 6 months old drink significant amounts of water, it can cause upset stomachs. You can learn more about this here ๐Ÿ‘‰

Therefore, we decided to start teaching swimming lessons once a child is 6 months old so they can learn to without becoming ill. ๐Ÿ’™๐Ÿ’›๐ŸŠ


WELCOME BACK! We're cheesing because it's the first day of Winter Quarter swimming lessons! ๐Ÿ’™๐Ÿ’›๐ŸŠโ„๏ธ๐Ÿ˜„

On your marks... get set for a quarter filled with progress-building, laughter, and learning in our 91-degree water! Take a break from the cold and warm up with comfortable swimming all winter long. ๐ŸŠ

๐Ÿ“ธ Jaliya Davis

Photos from Foss Swim School's post 12/31/2023

It's been an incredible year celebrating our 30th anniversary, new Foss Swim School openings, and creating thousands of safe, strong, and confident swimmers! ๐ŸŽ‰

As we close out the year and look ahead to the future, we want to thank all of those who made this year so special. ๐ŸŽŠ Looking ahead, here are some things we are excited about for 2024:

๐Ÿ’™ Cheering on Regan Smith as she competes at the 2024 Paris Olympics
๐Ÿ’› Opening more swim schools across the Midwest (Apple Valley, MN and Western Springs, IL!)
๐Ÿ’™ Helping our incredible students become safe, strong, and confident swimmers ๐ŸŠ

We can't wait to see what 2024 has in store ๐Ÿ’™ What are you most excited for in 2024? Let us know! ๐Ÿ‘‡


The first day of Winter Quarter is almost here! Here's what we recommend to pack for the first day of lessons:

โœ… Swim bag
โœ… Towel
โœ… Swimsuits
โœ… Goggles (*NOTE not all swimmers need goggles. If you are unsure whether your swimmer needs goggles, ask us! Check out this blog to learn more ๐Ÿ‘‰
โœ… PLASTIC water bottle
And, all swimmers under three and older kids who aren't potty trained must wear a reusable swim diaper.

We can't wait to see you at the pool on January 2nd! ๐ŸŠ๐Ÿ’™๐Ÿ’›

Photos from Foss Swim School's post 12/24/2023

From our to yours, Happy Holidays ๐Ÿ’™

We can't wait to see you back in the pool on January 2nd for the start of Winter Quarter! โ„๏ธ๐ŸŠ

Photos from Foss Swim School's post 12/21/2023

Fall Quarter is just about to complete, so we will miss seeing our smiling students! ๐Ÿ˜Ÿ

The good news is that we don't have to wait too long to see them again! ๐Ÿคฉ Winter Quarter begins on January 2nd, so you can jump into fun this new year and gain swim skills that last a lifetime. You can still enroll for Winter Quarter swimming lessons before they begin! Act fast; class times are filling up quickly! ๐Ÿ’ฆ๐ŸŠ

Enroll today ๐Ÿ‘‰


Winter is here, so it's the most critical time for swimmers to think about hair and skin care. Keeping your skin healthy and moisturized is essential to enjoying your swimming experience this season. ๐ŸŠโ€โ™€๏ธ

We've gathered some essential winter skin care tips, so check this out! ๐Ÿคฉ

1๏ธโƒฃ Shower right after swimming and keep your showers short and warm. Hot water strips moisture, so turn down the temp and limit the duration of your showers.

2๏ธโƒฃ Use a mild body wash to restore moisture and prevent dryness that comes with the winter cold.

3๏ธโƒฃ Moisturize as soon as you get out of the shower. Layer on a thick, oil-based moisturizer to lock in hydration.

4๏ธโƒฃ Check out our VitaC shampoo and leave-in conditioner! Packed with vitamin C, our patented VitaC is strong enough to break chlorine bonds and gentle enough to leave your hair soft and smooth.

5๏ธโƒฃ A cotton towel is essential for drying off. Avoid air-drying as it can increase dryness.

Keep these practices in mind as we head into Winter Quarter swimming lessons this January! ๐Ÿ’†โ€โ™€๏ธ ๐ŸŠ๐Ÿ’™


Our new Western Springs, IL team is enjoying some team bonding activities ๐Ÿคฉ

Our Western Springs school opens next year for Spring Quarter to bring even more safe, strong, and confident swimmers to Illinois! ๐ŸŠ๐Ÿ’™๐Ÿ’›

Photos from Foss Swim School's post 12/05/2023

This past weekend, we had the best time swimming letters up to the North Pole from the Donuts with Santa event! ๐ŸŠโ€โ™‚๏ธ๐ŸŽ… It was great seeing some familiar and new faces. Thank you to everyone who stopped by to say hello! ๐Ÿ’™๐Ÿ’›


Come visit us at Donuts with Santa this Saturday, December 2nd, from 9 am - 1:30 pm! ๐ŸŽ…๐Ÿฉ

There are three event times for families to choose from:
๐Ÿ’™ 9 am - 9:30 am (early morning sensory free time)
๐Ÿ’› 9:30 am - 11:30 am
๐Ÿ’™ 11:30 am - 1:30 pm

Be sure to stop by our table to mail a letter to Santa! We will be sure to swim the letters over to the North Pole! ๐ŸŠโ„๏ธ

๐Ÿ“ 612 North in Downtown St. Louis on the 5th floor


We had a blast Bowling with Santa at Frontier Bowl this past weekend! ๐Ÿคฉ Seeing some familiar faces was terrific - thank you to everyone who said hello! ๐Ÿ’™๐Ÿ’›๐ŸŠ

# FossSwimSchool


We'd love to see you at Bowling with Santa at Frontier Bowl this Saturday from 11 am - 1:30 pm! Bring a new unwrapped toy for unlimited bowling and shoe rental. ๐ŸŽ…

Don't miss Santa and Mrs. Claus reading The Night Before Christmas at 1:15 pm! Plus, there will be a Santa photo booth and raffles. We hope to see you there! ๐Ÿ’™๐Ÿ’›


Looking for something fun to do this weekend? Visit us at the Trunk or Treat this Saturday from 3pm-5pm!

This event will feature:
๐Ÿงก Balloon Twister
๐Ÿงก Bubble Machines
๐Ÿงก Games
๐Ÿงก Trunk or Treating
๐Ÿงก and MORE!

If attending, please consider bringing a new, unwrapped toy to donate to our local community. We hope to see you there ๐Ÿ’™๐Ÿ’›๐ŸŠ

๐Ÿ“ 177 Frontier Park Dr., O'Fallon, MO


Foss Swim School is a proud sponsor of the Racing Ballwin Kids Triathlon on Sunday, September 17! ๐Ÿ’™๐Ÿ’›

Our mission at FOSS is to help students become stronger, safer, and more confident swimmers. We are grateful for the opportunity to partner with MSE Racing and help give kids within our community a healthy activity to participate in! ๐ŸŠ We hope to see you there!


Are you looking for carnival rides, games, live music, and a parade to head to this weekend? Come on over and visit us at the Manchester Homecoming Festival! ๐Ÿคฉ

We will be there all weekend, meeting FOSS Families and celebrating with the community. We hope to see you there! ๐Ÿ’™๐Ÿ’›๐ŸŠ


We are proud sponsors of the MSE Racing 370 Lakeside Triathlon! ๐Ÿ’™๐Ÿ’›๐Ÿ’ช

Empowering all children in our communities to lead healthy and active lives is core to our purpose, and we couldn't be more excited to team up with MSE Racing for this event. It's going to be an incredible day!

Be sure to help us cheer on the athletes that are competing! ๐Ÿคฉ๐Ÿ’™


We are proud sponsors of the MSE Racing Kids Dip 'n' Dash on August 19! ๐ŸŠ

We are grateful to have the opportunity to extend our impact to our larger communities as we work to empower all children to lead healthy and active lives. Good luck to all the athletes competing! ๐Ÿคฉ๐Ÿ’™๐Ÿ’›

Photos from Foss Swim School's post 07/25/2023

We had an incredible time cheering on the athletes at the MSE Racing Innsbrook Kids Triathlon! It was a beautiful day for an amazing event. Congratulations to all the athletes! ๐ŸŠ๐Ÿ’›๐Ÿ’™๐Ÿ’ช


We are proud sponsors of the MSE Racing Innsbrook Kids Triathlon! ๐Ÿ’™๐Ÿ’›๐Ÿ’ช

Empowering all children in our communities to lead healthy and active lives is core to our purpose, and we couldn't be more excited to be a part of such a great event.

Be sure to help us cheer on the athletes that are competing! ๐Ÿฅณ

Photos from Foss Swim School's post 07/06/2023

We had an incredible time at Riverfest celebrating the Fourth of July last weekend! Thank you to everyone who stopped by and said hello - we ๐Ÿ’™ getting to meet our local STL community! ๐ŸŠ๐Ÿคฉ

Did you see us there? Let us know in the comments below ๐Ÿ‘‡


Come and celebrate the Fourth of July with us at Riverfest July 2-4 at Frontier Park! ๐ŸŽ‰

There will be:
๐Ÿ’™ Fireworks!
๐Ÿ’› Live Music!
๐Ÿ’™ A Parade!
๐Ÿ’› Children's Activities!
๐Ÿ’™ A Carnival!
๐Ÿ’› A Magic Show!
๐Ÿ’™ And MORE!

We can't wait to see you there! ๐ŸŠ๐ŸŽ‰๐Ÿ’™๐Ÿ’›

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Our Story

Our goal is to help kids and parents learn to love water. For kids, so they can enjoy the physical, social and safety-related benefits of swimming. For parents, who will feel their confidence rise around water. And for whole families, who will find a world of fun and recreation opens up with the ability to swim well. Our proven approach has taught hundreds of thousands of swimmers since 1993 and we are excited to share our approach to swimming lessons with you.

Foss Swim School was built on the idea that learning to swim well is a critical life skill. FOSS is purpose-built โ€“ we teach swimming, nothing else at more than a dozen schools (see Locations.) Our teachers are selected for their ability to connect with kids and trained in our custom Swim Pathโ„ข curriculum, crafted over 25 years by our co-founder, Jon Foss.

It takes more than a single session. Like any school, success comes from progression and repetition. Itโ€™s why we operate differently than other swim programs, with quarter-long swim classes where kids are grouped by age and ability so they learn alongside peers. Visit our website to learn more.




14880 Manchester Road
Ballwin, MO

Opening Hours

Monday 8:30am - 8:15pm
Tuesday 8:30am - 8pm
Wednesday 4pm - 8:15pm
Thursday 4pm - 8pm
Friday 4pm - 7:45pm
Saturday 7:45am - 1:30pm
Sunday 7:45am - 1pm

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