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Swim School in Aurora, IL

Building confident swimmers one story at a time

Bear Paddle helps develop the swimming skills and sociability of your kids through a proven training program. Enroll your child and experience our top-of-the-line facility at our swim school in Aurora, Illinois.

Welcome to Bear Paddle, your local swim school in Aurora, Illinois.

Bear Paddle Swim School is a month-to-month year-round swim school offering 30-minute swim lessons for kids in Aurora, Illinois.

Personalized Swim Lessons

Bear Paddle serves students that have varying skill levels. We take beginners who still haven’t developed the necessary skill foundation to kids who are already adept in the water.

Our swimming lessons last for 30 minutes. During that time, your child will be guided and trained by our experienced swimming instructor. We’ve also divided our swim lessons into four classes:

  • Group Swim Lessons – Encourage learning how to swim alongside kids of the same age and skill level.
  • Semi-private Classes – We follow a buddy system to spark a little healthy competition between our students.
  • Private Lessons – Our one-on-one sessions are a great way to get personalized and comprehensive feedback from our swimming coaches.
  • Family Swim – This is free every weekend! You’ll join your child in the pool for family fun. This option is available for families who are actively swimming in weekly lessons.

Story-based Learning

Our swimming school in Aurora, Illinois, uses story-based learning that has proven to be extremely effective, as demonstrated by our previous students. This program is designed to be fun and captivating to ensure your child is having a blast while learning a valuable skill.

Our swimming instructor will first evaluate your child’s skill level to determine how their lesson will be structured. After that, they’ll start their swim classes either with a one-on-one session, with a swim buddy, or with a group. 

As your child progresses, they’ll earn patches along the way to give them a sense of progression. They can get up to 26 patches in total. Once they have completed and acquired all the patches, they’ll be ready to graduate. 


Enroll today and start tomorrow!

We offer swim lessons for kids of all ages seven days a week. We make swimming a convenient and consistent part of your student’s routine.

It’s super easy to enroll! Pick a day and time that works best for your family and that is your reserved time until your student moves up a level or your schedule changes.

Address & Phone

Bear Paddle Aurora
4308 E. New York St.
Aurora, IL 60504


Sun: 8:30 AM – 5:00 PM
Mon: 4:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Tues: 4:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Wed: 4:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Thu: 4:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Fri: Closed
Sat: 8:30 AM – 5:00 PM

Aurora families love us!

We have had an amazing experience at Bear Paddle/ Aurora with Tyler and his team. My son is autistic and minimally verbal. Tyler was extremely open to my son coming in, meeting the staff, and be introduced to swim lessons. The staff have been extremely patient and given my son a lot of encouragement while learning to swim at his own pace! I love this inclusive environment and will continue to have my son learn to swim there!
Krista White
My daughter loves it! Very friendly and warming place for kids. Our instructor Lexi is awesome she is very attentive with her students. My daughter has gotten very comfortable with her. We love our experience here at bear paddle.
Marlen Romero
Wonderful experience! The managers Tyler, Bryan and Cassidy are a great team to work with! Their entire staff is also very helpful at all times. My grandson who had a fear of getting in the water is no longer afraid and has turned into a great swimmer. Thank you to everyone at Bear Paddle for the wonderful experience!
Leticia Velazquez

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

Swimming Lesson FAQs

If you have concerns regarding our lessons, schedules, or health protocols, here are some FAQs we compiled for your assurance:

Our maintenance and cleaning team disinfects each location regularly. These places and other on-site objects include door handles, tables, floors, benches, sinks, fixtures, toilets, and diaper-changing stations. Our caretakers also clean the shower stalls and changing stations after each use. We also provide hand sanitizer for all of our students. Moreover, the chlorinated water and ultraviolet filtration system offer complete protection for our customers and employees.

Bear Paddle tests the water chemistry of pools before, during, and after every 30-minute shift. This way, we can guarantee compliance with CDC’s guidelines. In terms of disinfection, we use chlorinated water and ultraviolet light to kill 99.99% of disease-causing bacteria and viruses. Moreover, most of our pools utilize Defender Filtration systems powered with Diatomaceous Earth (DE) media. 

Due to these filters, we can remove particles up to one micron. For better understanding, red blood cells are approximately 5 microns, so our disinfection systems provide a safe swimming experience for you and your family.

All students are required to bring a towel and a swimsuit. Students under the age of three are also required to wear a disposable or reusable swim diaper. While our facility is completely equipped with the necessary tools for all our swim lessons, children can choose to bring their own goggles if they want.

If you have already decided to enroll in our swim school, you can register by visiting bearpaddle.com, calling our customer service hotline, or going to one of our locations. Schedule a class now and experience the Bear Paddle difference!

In addition to our numerous swimming lessons for kids, Bear Paddle also has adult swim lessons, CPR training sessions, and specialized swim programs for people with disabilities and special needs. Like our other classes, these lessons are available in group, semi-private, and private sessions led by our expert swim coaches.

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