Watch the three Oxenforder children and adorable pets as they begin the Process of Learning to swim. Begin to Swim takes them through the introduction to swimming, first day at school and overcoming initial hopes and fears. Elizabeth, Henry and Earl practice at school and at home learning to submerge repeatedly without holding their nose. The author provides important tips for the adult reader in a green footnote at the bottom of most pages, explaining the important facts about drowning and safety skills.
Six key skills are practiced and performed by the three children as they begin the process of submerging, floating, breathing and self-rescue. The FOSS Swim School has 21 locations in 6 Midwestern states and has been a leader in the industry since 1993 teaching almost 25 million lessons with a fun, scientifically correct method. Jon and Susan Foss founded the company under the principles of mastery learning of skills and have spoken in the USA, Mexico, New Zealand, Australia and Europe.
Jon Foss is Co-founder and Chairman of the world famous Foss Swim Schools, with 22 locations in 6 states in 2020. He has been teaching and coaching since 1987, inventing one of the world’s most effective swimming methods. A recognized expert, speaking in Australia, New Zealand, Europe, Mexico and the USA. Jon has shown that all children can learn to swim well with enough time and correct instructions. Whether in the pool or on the page, he uses creativity to capture a child’s imagination and effectively explain the first steps in learning to swim.
Jon developed curriculums for swim teams, competitive clinics and the FOSS swim schools and is regarded as a technical expert, coaching many state, national and American record holders. He was CEO and curriculum designer of FOSS from 1993 to 2019, retiring as Chairman to write and publish animated books to help all children to swim. Susan developed the office and management systems for the schools and is currently CEO of the company.
“Jon has brilliantly written a book that is spot on with information concerning important swim schools for young children. Learning to swim and being able to swim well was an important part of my life as an athlete and now as a mom. I was lucky to have been coached by Jon as a swimmer, and then mentored and trained in his fabulous curriculum at Foss Swim School. as a mother of 2 children, having strong water skills is crucial to enjoying being around the water. Both of our grandparents have backyard pools just like the Oxenforders! “Begin to Swim” is a must-read for parents wanting accurate information on the why and how of swimming."
-Gretchen Hegener Rech, Mother of Two, NCAA Champion, American Record Holder (100 Breaststroke)
"Swim lessons were an integral part of my life. Whether it was a day of fun in the sun or competing, being confident in the water was crucial for my development into adulthood. I was lucky enough to learn the same memorable skills in “Begin to Swim” at the age of four from Jon and his excellent team. They have provided me with long-lasting memories, friendships and most importantly water safety."
-Rachel Bootsma, Olympic Gold Medalist, NCAA Champion (6-time) American Record Holder (50m & 50y Backstroke)