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Building Confident Swimmers One Story at a Time

Start your Bear Paddle story with a free swim lesson and skills assessment

Our results-focused story-based approach to teaching lessons builds confident and skilled swimmers, so parents can rest assured that their child is having fun while learning to swim.

Story-Based Approach

We use an engaging and immersive story-based approach in every lesson that makes a fun and memorable learning experience. Each month features a new theme, so your kid never gets bored.

Progress Promise

Together we capture your child’s swim goal and set a timeline to reach that goal, and diligently track to ensure they are making progress. If they don’t reach their swim goal in the recommended time, you get up to six months of lessons for free.

Flexible Scheduling

Our monthly schedule means you sign up for lessons when it’s convenient for you – no long-term contracts, and no quarterly commitments. All lessons include free make-up lessons!

No matter your experience, age, or comfort level, there’s a swim level for you

Whether you’re looking to increase your child’s comfort levels in the water, ensure their safety around water, or take their swim skills to the next level, Bear Paddle offers swim levels for kids of all ages and abilities.

Grow your love of swimming with a program that’s right for you​

To best grow and retain your swim knowledge, weekly swim lessons ensure you’ll move up to the next level in no time.

Develop their love of swimming right away

Through catchy songs and stories, infants and parents together learn the very basics of swim safety and techniques.

We develop lifelong swimmers across the country

With 11 locations across Illinois, Ohio, Kentucky, and New Jersey, find a Bear Paddle location that’s convenient for you.

Bear Paddle Swim School Blog

How To Encourage Your Child While They Learn To Swim

February 28, 2022

Learning to swim is one of the most important skills your child can learn. According to the CDC, two children under the age of 14...

How Long Will It Take for My Child to Learn to Swim?

April 1, 2022

Swimming looks easy, but takes an immense amount of coordination that is sometimes underestimated. Swimming involves mastering every single muscle in the body in order...

5 Health Benefits Of Swimming Actively Year-Round

December 27, 2021

When you think of swimming, you probably think of summer and not what are the health benefits of swimming actively year-round. And it’s true that...

5 Benefits Of Infant Swim Lessons

October 29, 2020

5 Benefits of Starting Infant Swim Lessons At 6 Months Most of us recognize that infant swim lessons and learning to swim is a great...