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Good Times

Winter Registration Open

Current students into current spots.

Sunday, October 13: Current students into any spot
Sunday, October 20: Open to the public

We swim for good times!

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FAQ's & Meet Reminder

Sunday, October 27 at Noon

Entry Deadline: October 24 at 7:00 PM


Why is my 25 Club Swimmer/Voyager Swimmer learning the same skills they learned in previous sessions?

Why isn’t my 25 Club swimmer swimming longer distances?

What’s the deal with the bell and the dimes?


The 25 Club curriculum is repeated each session. The Voyager curriculum is repeated each session.

Our pool is 25 yards long. 25 Club swimmers practice their skills by swimming 25’s. Voyager swimmers swim longer distances.

Once swimmers move from our lesson program onto swim teams, they will learn more and new skills each season, and swim longer and longer distances.

The bell is a reward for following directions - not for swimming performance. There may be times when the coach will withhold the bell-ring reward based on a swimmer’s behavior. (Parent’s, please support the coach in this decision.) The D.I.M.E. reward is given to every swimmer at every lesson - regardless of behavior or swimming performance. D.I.M.E. stands for Dividend Intended to Motivate and Encourage. It is an immediate payoff on your investment in learning to swim. Every lesson - even the tough ones - are like money in the bank. Every lesson advances you toward leaning to be a strong swimmer. DIMES may be spent at our swimmer store on the last day of lessons

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Jeanie Neal lessons begin this week!

I’m on the road again; heading back to Omaha. Coach Shelby is already back in the water. My lessons start this Saturday, September 28.


Jeanie Neal
Text 402.312.1012
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Parents, please call me Jeanie. I prefer that swimmers address me as Coach or Coach Neal.


Omaha Home for Boys
4342 N. 52nd Street (2nd left once inside the gates - Use the doors under the green awning.)


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Ages 3 and older: one-piece, solid-color, competition-style, fitted training suits, caps and goggles. Coaches will provide caps and goggles for INST swimmers. DEV and Voyager swimmers are required to provide their own. Suits and supplies may be purchased through affiliate links on the Swim Shop page.

I understand that you may not have the suits and required equipment by the first day of lessons, but I expect everyone to be in uniform by the second week of the session.

Reminder: DEV and VOY swimmers must bring their own caps and goggles. I will not have the available to borrow.


When OHB closes their campus due to weather conditions, FUF also cancels activities. Check the news outlets on bad weather days and look for the OPS announcement. Check for weather announcements by checking the Weather Policies & Announcement page or clicking on the Announcement Bar at the top of any page in the site. I will also post weather announcements on our social media accounts.


These events are instructional events. Come prepared to learn and have fun! Participants must be able to swim a minimum of 25 yards unassisted to participate, but are not required to be currently enrolled in FUF lessons. We require a minimum of 15 entries to host the event. Each of these events will be capped as necessary to meet our timeline restrictions. Spots still available after our Thursday PM deadline will be offered to iNspire Swim Team swimmers. Don’t be late, there may not be room left by Friday morning. Click on Events from the main menu to access the meet information page.

Here is a link to the first fall Splash Meet. the deadline to register is Thursday, September 26 at 7:00 PM.

Back to Pool Splash


Attendance at all lessons is not required. Please try to make as many as you can. I do not offer make-ups for lessons missed due to illness or other activities. I encourage families to use the Lesson Swap facebook page to swap lessons with other swimming families. Please do not show up for a lesson at a time other than your scheduled time unless you have arranged a swap.


Please revisit the session page to confirm you fall lesson dates and times. Use the link below to go to the fall page.


Feel free to contact me if you have any questions. I’ll still be driving for the next couple days, so I’ll be a captive audience - when I have service.

See you soon!

We swim for good times!

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Fall Lessons & Events

Greetings from Alaska!

Get registered.
Fall lessons at OHB start in September. Register today.

Already registered?
Now is a good time double check the session page to make sure your swimmers are on the list.

Fall 2019 Events
Participants must be able to swim a minimum of 25 yards unassisted to participate, but do not have to be currently enrolled in FUF lessons. Come prepared to learn and have fun! Visit the EVENTS PAGE for more information and to register.


  • September Splash, September 29

  • October Splash, October 27

  • Turkey Mile and Stuffing Sprint, November 17

  • Santa Survival Splash, December 8

Swim School Uniform
Swimmers ages 3 and older are required to wear a solid-color (no stripes, dots, trim, piping, etc.) , one-piece, fitted, competitive style suit. Caps and goggles are required. The coaches will provide caps and goggles for INSTructional swimmers. DEVelopmental swimmers and VOYagers are required to bring their own caps and goggles.

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The Denali Highway: I drove the Denali Highway from Cantwell to Paxson. This was the most beautiful drive I’ve ever been on. The road was absolutely terrible, It is not plowed during the winter months and is only accessible by over-the-snow methods (dogsled, snowmachine). Only the first 20 miles on the east end from Paxson and the last two miles on the west end from Cantwell are paved. The remainder of the “highway” is dirt and gravel with potholes and washboards. I drove under 30 miles per hour the whole 135 miles. I got a flat tire. It was raining half the day. It was still the most wonder experience. It’s a “must do” if you come to Alaska. I plan to drive the whole thing from the other direction later in the summer. The Denali Chamber of Commerce was running a Denali Ramble promotion. You could enter to win the prize by post selfies from along the highway. I won a nice bag of Denali goodies. I didn’t see more than three or four other vehicles the whole trip, so my chances of winning seemed good. I did see a lot of people on bicycles.


Back in the water. I’m teaching lessons again! The only pool for over 100 miles in any direction is this one. It’s a double Endless Pool - warm and beautiful.


I went on a horseback riding tour. The cats were very interested in the horses. I found that my view during the tour was quite similar to the view when dogledding.

The tour operators were wonderful. This was an especially informative tour. The lady riding in front of me also taught me some new things about Denali. She grew up in Healy before the road linking Anchorage and Fairbanks. When she was young, her mother would snail mail their grocery list to Fairbanks. A week later, their groceries would arrive on the train.


Finally made it inside the visitors center at the Park. It’s beautiful I watched the movie, and went on a guided nature hike. They have a great display of the area. I marked approximately where I live with a red square on the bottom right photo.


Husky Homestead: 1. A couple staff members and I wait outside the theater during a tour for our cue to enter. 2. Musher / Kennel Owner, Meredith Mapes, visiting her puppies who are staying at Husky Homestead. 3. Staff enjoying pizza and ice cream in Skeeter, the common house.


Bear! We had a bear take down one of the moose twins we’d all been watching for weeks - right outside the employee housing area. Here is some commentary about the incident. I didn’t show the photo of the carcass.


The bear killed the calf behind the car that’s all the way on the left of the photo below. My van is in the center of the photo. The Shanty Town cabins are in the trees straight ahead. The white building all the way to the right is Skeeter. This is a pano photo with weird perspective. As I took this photo, the car was to my right and ahead of me, my van was straight ahead, and Skeeter is behind me.

I took apart a shelving unit and built a cage door in my van so I can keep the cats inside and still leave the doors open. That sliding door was all the way open as The morning of the bear/moose incident, I didn’t hear a thing - was asleep in the van right through all the action. (I celebrated my two month vaniversary on June 20. Two months of living in a van and I still love it!)

Construction!!! You think road construction is bad in Omaha in the summer. Trying having all the construction being on one road - the only road. You need a lot of patience to drive around here.


Some of my favorite places in Alaska.


Musher Sign Up and Volunteer Picnic: This was the most fun I’ve had to date. Mine was the first car in the lot that morning and almost the last to leave. I got to meat many of the mushers I’ve been watching and reading about. [Special thanks to Nicole, Catherine, and Carrie who covered for me and made it possible to attend this event in Wasilla.]

  1. Watching the College World Series at 49th State

  2. Grocery store decor

  3. My windshield! Yikes!

Hope everyone is having a great summer!

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Back in the water

Summer swimming has begun for Coach Shelby and Coach Neal.

Coach Shelby is back in the water at OHB. I’m back in the water in Healy, Alaska - in an Endless Pool. The iNspire coaches have already been in the water for a while.

Fall Registration: My registration is open to the public now. Coach Shelby’s registration opens to current families this Sunday. iNspire fall registration will open soon.

Hope you are all having a safe and fun summer of swimming. We swim for good times!


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Happy Father's Day!


Thanks, Dads. Thank you for making the financial commitment you’ve made to lessons, and for the opportunity to work with your children. Thanks for the many hours spent driving - in all kinds of weather - and for the many hours spent on deck. Thanks for your patience during those long post-lesson warm-up showers.. Thank you for the reassurance you give your swimmers after tough lessons, and for all those enthusiastic high fives. Thanks for sticking with the process and giving your swimmers the time they need to master this skill so they may find joy in swimming for their lifetimes. Thank you for finding solid-color suits. Thanks for keeping track of all those dimes; and thank you for clapping every time that bell rings.

Happy Father’s Day to you all!

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Last chance for discounted tuition

Fall Lessons with Jeanie Neal: Registration is open. Tuition is discounted 20% for those registering before June 9. In addition, all families registering before June 9 will receive four free remote lessons to use over the summer. Click for the fall session page.

Fall Lessons with Shelby Schultz: Registration begins July 7. Click for the fall session page.

We swim for good times! You can too.

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Updates & Thanks, Moms!

Greetings from Alaska!


Coach Shelby has a few spots left for summer. Click to visit Shelby Summer Session. She will be posting her fall session soon. Registration for her fall lessons will open in July.

iNspire coaches Terri and Naleah have lots of room available for summer. Click on their names to view their session pages. Coach Terri is working with adults. Shout out to FUF mom , Starlett, who is doing particularly well in lessons and will soon be swimming as well as her children!

Coach Beckie from iNspire will be posting some summer Saturday lessons on the Face-Up First website soon. Keep watching for that if you need a Saturday time.

Coach Neal: I am in Alaska now. You can follow along with my crazy sled dog adventure by clicking, Alaska Adventure. I will be back in the fall. Any families who have already registered, or who register before June 9 for fall session lessons with me receive a 20% discount on lesson tuition, and are entitled to four free remote lessons per swimmer to use over the summer. If you aren’t registered for fall, do it today!

Did you know? Moose are born knowing how to swim and continue to be great swimmers as adults. Moose can even close their nostrils, which gives them the ability to graze underwater. Moose spend time in the water to help regulate their body temperature on hot days.

Learn more.

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Congrats to FUF swimmer, Olive, for “graduating” from lessons to the iNspire Swim Team. Keep swimming for good times, Olive! We are proud of you.

Ready to take the plunge? Join the swim team. Contact iNspire swim team to learn more.


Thanks, Moms. Thank you for making the financial commitment you’ve made to lessons, and for the opportunity to work with your children. Thanks for the many hours spent driving - in all kinds of weather - and for the many hours spent on deck. Thanks for your patience during those long post-lesson warm-up showers.. Thank you for the reassurance you give your swimmers after tough lessons, and for all those enthusiastic high fives. Thanks for sticking with the process and giving your swimmers the time they need to master this skill so they may find joy in swimming for their lifetimes. Thank you for finding solid-color suits. Thanks for keeping track of all those dimes; and thank you for clapping every time that bell rings.

Happy Mother’s Day!

We swim for good times!

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Greetings from Alaska!

Lesson News

Other Swimming News

Alaska News

  • Made it to Alaska. I’m in Anchorage now and will be continuing on to Denali tomorrow. It’s been a great trip and I’m loving the van.

  • Follow along for updates via facebook or on the blog page here on

  • Pete and Julius aren’t that impressed with Alaska, but I am…wow!

We swim for good times!

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Competitive Strokes

Butterfly: newest stroke
Backstroke: only face-up stroke
Breaststroke: oldest stroke
Freestyle: event, crawl stroke is the real name

DEV / 25 Club: competitive strokes
VOYAGERS: competitive strokes


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STAR Listening

S Still & Square
T Track & Turn
A Ask & Answer
R Repeat & Remember

DEV / 25 Club: STAR Listening, FUF strokes + some more diving from the side
VOYAGERS: STAR Listening, Speedplay

  • Registration is open to the public for Coach Shelby’s summer session.

  • Registration for Coach Jeanie Neal’s fall session opens at a discounted rate on April 14 for current students into current spots.

  • Registration is open for spring and summer lessons with Coach Terri Hermes from iNspire.

We swim for good times!


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March Splash Times

Congratulations! We swam for good times!

Thank you for participating in the March Splash. Many thanks to all the volunteers that help time and dish out pizza.

Click for March Splash Final Times.

The next Splash Meet will be on April 14. Please register before Thursday, April 11 at 7:00 PM.

Parents: Write your children's times on their ribbons.

Swimmers: It’s fun and helpful to record your times in a Time Book. Watch this video to see how to make a time book.

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It's Meet Day!

Splash Meet at Noon: Updated Heat Sheet

Developmental Groups: diving from the side
Click to view video: Diving from the side

Voyagers: 2 x 500 yard swims!

Important Dates

  • Today at 11 AM: Coach Shelby summer registration open to the public

Lesson Swap Page: Use our FUF Lesson Swap Page to advertise or look for available lessons. You are also free to send someone to use your lessons if you have to miss. The substitute swimmer does not need to be currently enrolled in Face-Up First swimming.

S.W.I.M. Model
Idle: the ability to be able to rest and relax, motionless, disengaged from the load

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