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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 child 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, we will course correct with additional lessons at no cost to you.

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 13 locations across Illinois, Ohio, Kentucky, New Jersey, and Minnesota. Find a Bear Paddle location that’s convenient for you.

Bear Paddle Swim School Blog

The Ripple Effect: The Importance of Learning to Swim at an Early Age

The Ripple Effect: The Importance of Learning to Swim at an Early Age

July 18, 2023

Learning to swim is not just a recreational skill; it is a vital life-saving ability that everyone should possess. While people of all ages can...

11 Reasons Why We Love Summer Swim Clinics

11 Reasons Why We Love Summer Swim Clinics

May 1, 2023

Being passionate about learning to swim is one thing, but being diligent and tracking against it is another. That’s why we provide every student with...

How To Encourage Your Child While They Learn To Swim

How To Encourage Your Child While They Learn To Swim

November 24, 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...

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