Bear Paddle Swim School specializes in the best in swim lessons. We provide swim lessons and water safety training for children of all ages. We are known for our quality swim lessons, friendliness, community water safety outreach, and overall fun brand. Learn more about what makes Bear Paddle different.
The warm 90°F saltwater pool and sophisticated pool sanitation system delivers a comfortable and clean swimming environment. Children will experience clean water and air that is gentle to their skin, eyes, and lungs.
Classes are structured by age and ability to accommodate varying abilities within each age group. Student to Swim Teacher ratios are 3:1, 4:1, or 5:1. The class sizes for all Level 1 classes are 3:1. The class sizes for Level 2 through Level 7 classes are 4:1. Parent participation classes are 5:1 for Introduction to Teddy, and 4:1 for Teddy Level 1 and Teddy Level 2. Teddy Level 3 is a Non-Parent Participation class and has a ratio of 3:1.
Our story-based lesson plans are designed from a child’s perspective to keep children engaged and learning throughout their Swim Lessons. Each Swim Lesson has an element of Safety, Endurance, Creativity, and Swimming Without Goggles. The Challenge of the Week is designed to increase awareness of these four elements. Each child progresses at their own pace and is recognized for their accomplishments with our Skill Patches!
The facility is truly kid-friendly. Amenities include family-style changing rooms, baby changing stations, private showers, hair dryers, and lockers. For families, we offer seating on the pool deck, multiple air conditioned viewing areas, movies playing all day, and free Wi-Fi. Don’t forget to visit the Patch Rewards Corner to capture photos of the memorable moments when Skill Patches are earned!
Start today! Bear Paddle has open enrollment seven days a week and year-round, making Swim Lessons a convenient and consistent part of your child’s routine. Register online at bearpaddle.com
, or by calling (630) 692-7946 for our Illinois locations, (513) 285-8855 for our Ohio and Florence, KY locations, and (502) 438-8833 for our Louisville, KY location.
DAILY STUDENT EVALUATIONS
Our Deck Managers are on the Pool Deck for all Swim Lessons and evaluate each Student’s progress week-to-week using their handheld notepads. Since all Students advance at their own pace, our Deck Managers and Swim Teachers work together to communicate what is needed from each Student to earn Skills and move up to the next Swim Level!
IRON-ON SKILL PATCHES
The Bear Paddle curriculum consists of 8 Levels and 26 Skills. When Students achieve a Skill they are rewarded with an iron-on Skill Patch. When all the Skill Patches in a Swim Level are earned the Student is ready to graduate to the next Swim Level! Skill Patches can be ironed onto a Bear Paddle towel or Bear Paddle swim bag!
PATCH REWARDS CORNER
The Patch Rewards Corner on the Pool Deck is a special area where your Student can take a photo and show off their Skill Patch achievements!