Bear Paddle Swim School is a national leader in the swim lesson industry, setting the standard of excellence for swim lessons for children ages 6 months to 15 years old. Our swim program educates both parents and students in skills that build confidence, save lives, and promote water safety.
Bear Paddle Swim School was created when we saw the need for a quality swim lesson program for children of all ages and abilities in an approachable kid-friendly environment. The team developed the Bear Paddle concept, creating a one-of-a-kind children’s swim program with a state of the art facility and pool. The first Bear Paddle opened in 2009 in Aurora, Illinois. The Illinois community hadn’t ever seen a dedicated learn-to-swim facility like Bear Paddle.
Over the next few years, the business opened more locations in Illinois and expanded into Ohio, Kentucky, and New Jersey. By 2017, Bear Paddle had 10 corporate own stores with over 50,000 swimmers. The Bear Paddle team focused on culture consistency, swim lesson quality, and operational efficiency to ensure they were able to maintain and exceed the quality throughout different markets. Bear Paddle Swim Schools allow more opportunities for children to learn the life-saving skills of swimming, impact more communities, and provides a proven and profitable business model for owners!
"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."
"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."
"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!"
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!"
"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."
"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!"