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Coming Soon to Niles, IL

Officially Open for Swim Lessons!

For almost 15 years, Bear Paddle has been developing safe, confident swimmers for life. Our safe and kid-friendly facility is designed to help  children develop their love for being in the water. We offer diverse swimming lessons, from group to private swim lessons, which are one-on-one teaching sessions with our trained teachers, starting as young as 6 months.


Best-in-class swim lessons in Niles, Illinois.

Bear Paddle Swim School is a month-to-month swim school offering 30-minute swim lessons for kids year-round. Our story-based approach to lessons and free family swim on the weekends makes learning to swim a fun experience for kids 6 months and older.

Swim Programs

Our swimming school in Niles, IL, offers several types of swimming classes–group, semi-private or private.

  • 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.

Plus, every family gets to enjoy:
  • 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.

Our team of instructors will help you assess your child’s age and skill level to determine the perfect program for their needs.


Bear Paddle’s weekly group swim lessons start at $30 per lesson. Prices for our private lessons vary. Your monthly swim membership includes one weekly group swim lesson,  two make-up lessons per month, monthly in-water skill assessments, monthly progress reports, Progress Patches for each skill acquired, free family swim on the weekends, and more!

Now Enrolling for Weekly Lessons!

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.

Contact Us

Bear Paddle Niles
5637 W Touhy Ave.
Niles, IL 60714
(847) 539-0948

Hours of Operation

Sun: 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Mon: 3:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Tues: 9:00 AM – 8:00 PM
Wed: 3:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Thu: 3:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Fri: Closed
Sat: 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM

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

Get ready to begin your Bear Paddle journey, as we will be opening soon!

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Swimming Lesson FAQs

If you have concerns regarding our lessons, schedules, or health protocols, here are some FAQs we compiled for your assurance:
Our swim school’s reliable maintenance team follows a regular disinfecting schedule wherein they thoroughly clean our facility’s surfaces, such as door handles, floors, tables, and toilets. Bear Paddle’s team sanitizes every changing station and shower stall after each swim class. We also provide our students and parents with complimentary hand sanitizers and use ultraviolet filtration systems in our pools.
There is no age requirement to enroll in swimming lessons for kids. Many experts recommend enrolling your children in toddler swim classes as early as possible. Swimmers between the ages of one and four can join group lessons. Conversely, infants between six months to three years can enroll in Bear Paddle’s family lessons.
Bear Paddle’s scheduling system limits more than 50 people from gathering inside our swim school in Deer Park, IL, at any time. Our schedule guarantees the safety of our students, and we ensure that each facility is disinfected and cleaned before, during, and after every 30-minute session. You can find the proper schedule for your children by contacting us.
We recommend bringing an appropriate bathing suit for your children–such as a towel, a swim cap, and a swim diaper if needed. Bear Paddle encourages its students to bring swimming caps to help keep hair away from their faces while swimming. Goggles are also recommended if your child is a first-time swimmer.
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