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Swim School in Florence, KY

Building confident swimmers one story at a time

Bear Paddle helps your kids become skilled and confident swimmers with our proven programs and top-of-the-line facility at our Florence, Kentucky swimming school branch.

Welcome to Bear Paddle, your local swim school in Florence, Kentucky.

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

Personalized Swim Lessons

We offer different swimming lessons at the Bear Paddle Florence, Kentucky branch to accommodate you and your child’s needs. These daily 30-minute swimming lessons are structured to cater to children with different skill levels. Our programs are divided into four categories:

  • Private swim lessons – your child will undergo one-on-one swimming lessons with our professional coaches.
  • Semi-private lessons – along with a professional coach, your child will be paired with a swim buddy to help them learn faster by recognizing mistakes made by their partners.
  • Group lessons – your child will be paired with other kids who have the same skill level.
  • 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

At Bear Paddle, we integrate story-based learning with our swimming lessons at our Florence, Kentucky branch. First, our swimming instructors will assess the skill level of your kid. We’ll then create a training program depending on the type of lesson they’re enrolled in and their current capabilities.

Your child can start as early as six-months-old. As for the progression system, it’ll begin at the basic level and advance to the seventh level to learn a competitive edge. We also provide patches for every skill level your child master. They can earn up to 26 patches. Once all patches have been secured, your child will be ready for graduation.

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 Florence
4012 Seligman Dr.
Florence, KY 41042


Sun: 8:30 AM – 5:00 PM
Mon: 3:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Tues: 8:30 AM – 1:00 PM, 3:00PM – 8:00 PM
Wed: 8:30 AM – 1:00 PM, 3:00PM – 8:00 PM
Thu: 3:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Fri: Closed
Sat: 8:30 AM – 5:00 PM

Florence families love us!

I highly recommend Bear Paddle swim school in Florence, KY! Not only did the instructors and manager take the time to know and understand our child, they implemented several strategies to ensure he was comfortable and successful in the water. After all, swimming is a life skill that can be very scary for a child and our little man was no exception to that rule. I appreciated the patience the instructors extended to our son. We went in with the hope that he would lean life-saving water survival skills and here we are watching him lean swim strokes! Thank you Bear Paddle Florence! We are forever grateful!
Amy Fritz
We LOVE bear paddle! One daughter loves the water and the other not so much. After a few lessons and a lot of patience from the instructors she is finally comfortable enough to stay in the water! Our kids are around multiple bodies of water so learning to swim is really important to us and we couldn’t thank bear paddle enough for all the guidance they’ve provided and not giving up on our stubborn kid! Taylor is amazing! Even though she isn’t our instructor she has been with us from day 1 providing guidance and reassurance that we will get there! Would definitely recommend! We look forward to swim time every week!
Aaron Meyer
Started my daughter here at 6 months old (now 17 months old). It's amazing how much she can actually do already as far as swimming. She kicks and paddles with flotation. She loves her time here every week. They actually teach children how to swim and techniques that will come in handy if they were to fall into a pool (swim toward wall, flip to breathe etc.). The staff is great! They are always friendly and ready to answer any questions you have. Highly recommend.
Samantha Riley

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, including but not limited to 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 sanitizers 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.

The student-teacher ratio is 3:1 or 6:1 depending on each student’s age and proficiency level.

We try our best to accommodate families with multiple enrollees. Depending on their age and skill level, they’ll either receive a different swim buddy or get paired if our coach deems it acceptable.

We accept students as young as six-months-old. At this stage, they’ll be introduced to the Teddy Paddle and Teddy Float techniques with the help of a flotation device.

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!

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