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Bear Paddle Swim School specializes in the best in swim lessons. We provide swim lessons and water safety training for children of all ages. We are known for our quality swim lessons, friendliness, community water safety outreach, and overall fun brand. Learn more about what makes Bear Paddle different.

WARM SALTWATER POOL

At our Bear Paddle facilities, the warm 90°F saltwater pool and sophisticated pool sanitation system delivers a comfortable and clean swimming environment. Children will experience clean water and air that is gentle totheir skin, eyes, and lungs.

SMALL CLASSES

Classes are structured by age and ability to accommodate varying abilities within each age group. Our classes have no more than four students per Swim Teacher with the exception to classes that require parent participation.

FUN SWIM LESSONS

Our story-based lesson plans are designed from a child’s perspective to keep children engaged and learning throughout their Swim Lessons. Each Swim Lesson has an element of Safety, Endurance, Creativity, and Swimming Without Goggles. The Challenge of the Week is designed to increase awareness of these four elements. Each child progresses at their own pace and is recognized for their accomplishments with our Skill Patches!

DESIGNED FOR KIDS

Our Bear Paddle facilities are truly kid-friendly. Amenities include family-style changing rooms, baby changing stations, private showers, hair dryers, and lockers. For families, we offer seating on the pool deck, multiple air conditioned viewing areas, movies playing all day, and free Wi-Fi. Don’t forget to visit the Patch Rewards Corner to capture photos of the memorable moments when Skill Patches are earned!

EASY REGISTRATION

Register today! Bear Paddle offers enrollment seven days a week and year-round, making Swim Lessons a convenient and consistent part of your child’s routine. Register online, or find your location.

Skill Patch Rewards

DAILY STUDENT EVALUATIONS

Our Swim Teachers and Managers On Duty work together to evaluate each Student’s skills and abilities, and provide feedback on progress every lesson!

IRON-ON SKILL PATCHES

The Bear Paddle curriculum consists of 8 Levels and 26 Skills. When Students achieve a Skill they are rewarded with an iron-on Skill Patch. When all the Skill Patches in a Swim Level are earned the Student is ready to graduate to the next Swim Level! Skill Patches can be ironed onto a Bear Paddle towel or Bear Paddle swim bag!

"Our son enjoys his swim classes and the facility and staff are great. The instructors are very attentive and provide a safe atmosphere where children can learn and also enjoy themselves. We’re looking forward to his continued development as a swimmer and student."

- Luis L.
Aurora, Illinois

"Bear Paddle offers personalized lessons for your little ones! The instructors are always right there in the pool, within arms reach of students. My kids have shown a lot of improvement after just three lessons."

- Rebecca P.
Woodridge, Illinois

"My son loves coming to swim lessons every week. The small class sizes and individualized attention is great for him and his learning style. I am so happy with the progress he's made so far. I am so happy with my decision to enroll him at Bear Paddle Orland Park!"

- Katie F.
Orland Park, Illinois

"Bear Paddle provided such a great swim experience for my daughter. She went into swim camp apprehensive and left after 4 weeks feeling confident in the water. We will definitely be scheduling swim classes now that camps are over. We love Bear Paddle!"

- Kelly K.
Mason, Ohio

"I highly recommend this swim school! I enrolled my son last summer and I'm impressed how far he's come learning proper techniques and all! The instructors are great. They seem to care about each swimmer's progress. My son loves the patches they give out after achieving a skill/technique. They also make it fun and engaging for the kids. The staff in general are very helpful and welcoming."

- Jennifer O.
Bloomingdale, Illinois

"I love the Bear Paddle School. My son started off scared and in the matter of 5 weeks, he is very comfortable in the water! He is on his way to swimming like a fish! They cater to children and make learning to swim fun! I highly recommend this school for all children! Thank you Bear Paddle Oakley Station!"

- Candace W.
Cincinnati, Ohio