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Aurora, Illinois

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.


Great swim school for kids. Friendly staff and management. Pool is super nice and warm. It has been almost 2 yrs my daughter has been with bear Paddle and believe me she has gone a mile in swimming now. She started with a level 0 and now in Level 6. Staff is able to identify the area of improvements for the kids and make sure coach is concentrating on those areas. Missing lessons make up policy has been great and we never missed a paid lesson in last 2 years. I would always recommend to family and friends.
– Tanuj M.


My 6 year old couldn’t even swim less than a year ago and is now in level 5 doing backstroke, butterfly and freestyle perfectly. We tried other programs and this is well worth it! Not to mention both of my boys love going every week!
– Erin S.


As a special needs mom, it is always hard to find good fits for activities. We have been lucky that we found this here. There were challenges but they worked with me and my son to make it work. He is now a level four and this was a child who previously had water aversions.
– Jennifer D.


We love the classes here! My daughters swimming has excelled immensely since she started. I am beyond pleased with her progress. All of the teachers are great! I highly recommend.
– Angela R.


Woodridge, 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.


I was lost after my kids couldn’t overcome the fear of water after swimming lesson some other place last year… Bear Paddle Swim School changed my kids’ and my life. Just after one lesson, they loved their instructor and were looking forward to next lesson. Not only they overcame the fear of water, but their swimming skill also improved so much.
Kayo K.


I love Bear Paddle! The facility is awesome, everyone is always friendly. The class sizes are small, and completely child oriented. Meaning it is specific to the age and swimming ability of each individual child! So happy there are levels for each swimming ability, and parents can track progress, teachers relay what needs to be worked on, so parents can help get their kids in the right mindset. I love how the instructors encourage them, and are genuinely happy for each child’s accomplishment!
– Beverly F.


We’re so glad we discovered Bear Paddle for our 2nd child. He really enjoys the water – the pool and water are actually kept at a comfortable temperature, which may seem odd to mention but that isn’t the case with most places, something that really hindered our eldest. The pools is divided up into sections that are not intimidating but are small enough for your child to not feel overwhelmed. The teachers and staff are great, addressing any concerns and accommodating in ways that best meet the needs of your child. Our son has developed confidence in the water, impressive swimming skills and makes consistent progress.
– Atiqa A.


We love the staff at Woodridge location. They have done sooo much to make us feel welcome every time we walk in the door. They have been super supportive and encouraging our little one in getting over her fears and realizing she is a strong swimmer.
– Beth B.


Orland Park, Illinois

I love Bear Paddle. A year ago my son was the kid sitting on the side of the pool screaming crying because he was so afraid of the pool. Since going to Bear Paddle, not only has he has become much more comfortable with the pool, he is actually swimming. He knows how to freestyle, do the butterfly, breaststroke, and is currently working on his back stroke. I can actually say, he is a swimmer. The staff at bear paddle are so nice and attentive, and I m so glad we signed my son up for lessons.
– Tamika S.


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.


Our sons started Bear Paddle for spring break swim camp and they continued lessons. They love going to class every week, and their progress is unbelievable. They do everything they can to accommodate same day/time lessons for multiple children at different levels. The teachers and staff are encouraging and helpful. Highly recommend!
– Erin F.


Absolutely amazing place! My son looks forward to swim every week! Everyone is so friendly and helpful! Best part and last week I overheard one of the managers drop everything and offer to get in with a student who was having a rough day and not wanting to swim! That worker was willing to do anything to make the child comfortable to swim! As a parent I loved hearing that!
– Tara B.


I have been so pleased getting such great teachings for both of my girls; the class sizes are small and the instructors are very patient and kind! It’s so nice being able to walk into a place and have instant great customer service right away!
– Carly W.


Mason, Ohio

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.


My 3 year old was fearful of the water. After the one week spring break camp, she was a completely different child and loves swimming. I’ve continued weekly lessons and I’m amazed at the differences I see each week. The instructors also give constant feedback each week with what they are seeing in her progress and things we can do to adjust in order for her to get the best lessons.
– Lauren M.


We love Bear Paddle! Our daughter is 2 years old and is in the Teddy 1 class (the second level for beginners). She has learned so much and is well on her way to becoming a lifelong swimmer! She loves it so much; she wakes up DAILY, asking if it’s “swimming class” day! The instructors are great and the facility is clean and safe. I highly recommend enrolling your child at Bear Paddle!
– Shannon R.


My son loves Bear Paddle Mason! He started when they opened and wouldn’t even allow me to pour water over his head in the bath and is now working hard to wrap up level 2! All of the instructors are top notch and the front desk staff are some of the most helpful/courteous people I have truly ever met in my life! I highly recommend Bear Paddle Mason as we have been happy customers since day #1 and they continue to go above and beyond to this day to make sure my son is happy and learning the correct way to Bear Paddle into the future
– Kammie B.


Love this place! My daughter looks forward to every lesson and has learned so much in just a couple months. The instructors are great and their time spent with the students is wonderful. Can’t beat it!
– Barb W.


Bloomingdale, Illinois

The Bear Paddle instructors have been great with my son. He has so much more confidence in his swimming ability in such a short time. He will be ready for the pool in summer! I also like the convenient location and times which give me the opportunity to be there with him and not have to rely on someone else to bring him. I have recommended Bear Paddle to some friends and know at least one family has signed their children up.
– Richelle T.


Great staff and very friendly! My daughter use to be scared to just get splashed or put her face in the water. Now she’s use getting water on her face and dunking her head. Can’t wait to see her progress. What I appreciate most is when she has been scared one of the deck managers always takes her to another lane and does her lesson with her. This is very helpful given that it doesn’t hold up the other kids with their lesson and it gives my daughter more comfort. I truly appreciate it!
– Catalina O.


We have sending our daughter (now 6 years old) for over 6 months now. She went from not being able to learn at all and being frightened of the water to being an excellent swimmer. In the first 2 months alone, she made amazing strides, so much so that we decided to leave her in the lessons to see how far she can go! I REALLY recommend sending your kid to this swim school. It is literally a million times better than those park district classes. They literally reverse engineered the fear out of swimming.
– Sagar D.


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.


My daughter has been taking swimming lessons since she was 3 months old. We love Bear Paddle Bloomingdale. We have been there since my daughter was a year old. The staff is caring and friendly. The prices are competitive, the locker rooms are clean, the pool is warm. My daughter has excelled in swimming because of the patience and persistence of the coaches at Bear Paddle. Many of the swim class companies are basically the same programs but I find Bear Paddle to be more organized and also more focused on the child’s personal strengths and weaknesses. Thanks Bear Paddle Bloomingdale!
– Lindsey B


Cincinnati, Ohio

I can’t say enough about Bear Paddle. We attend Bear Paddle in Oakley and absolutely love it! This site is always welcoming, cleaning and the energy from the staff is amazing. We have been there a little over a year with our oldest and she’s a strong energetic swimmer. She went from a kid who was terrified of water to a confident vibrant swimmer(who never wants to get out of the water LOL). As a result of our daughter progressing as a swimmer, we will now enroll our two year old in the fall and we couldn’t be more excited!
– Courtney S.


Bear Paddle in Oakley is amazing! It’s obvious the teachers really care about making sure the kids are safe and love the water. My 8 month old loves every minute of every class! The facilities are great as well, always clean and well maintained. I especially love the saltwater pools, other local swim schools have chlorine pools. I notice the chlorine dries out my baby’s skin and makes his eyes red.
– Nicole B.


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.


My kids absolutely love Bear Paddle!!! They have gained so much confidence in the water and made so much progress over a matter of weeks! The teachers and staff there are so incredible! We just can’t say enough great things about it!
– Carmen S.


Our daughter loves Bear Paddle, she has learned so much since she started. The instructors are great, they adjust their style to fit the child’s needs, and are so enthusiastic when the child learns a new skill. It makes the child eager to learn more. I would encourage anyone take their child to Bear Paddle, they will not be disappointed!
– David H.


Louisville, Kentucky

Bear Paddle is amazing! The progress our daughter has made has been wonderful! Alex at Bear Paddle in Louisville has gone above and beyond to help our daughter get comfortable and progressing to the next level. The entire staff is great! Priceless value for your child to become water safe!
– Ashley B.


I am very happy with Bear Paddle Swim School! My son has been in class since August and I couldn’t be happier with how things have gone. My son is always hesitant to get in the water now that he is 3 and just gets in with the instructor, and every week someone is always helping and finding ways to get him in. They are always so helpful and willing to do whatever it takes to make sure my son is taken care of. Very accommodating and helpful, you seriously won’t find a better swim school!
– Rachel W.


We have tried several places for my two daughters, but nothing compares to Bear Paddle. I literally cried once I saw my oldest swim completely on her own in a matter of weeks. There’s nothing like the feeling of confidence in your child’s ability to do this life saving skill, and that’s exactly what Bear Paddle gave me.
– Susan T.


We have been at Bear Paddle for a little over 2 months and we absolutely love it. Our daughter has been in swim since she was about 1 years old, she’s 5 now. We’ve noticed huge improvements in just a short amount of time with Bear Paddle. We like the fact she’s constantly being evaluated & instructors are working with her on the skills the entire swim session. The evaluator that’s walking around the swimming pool is always very communicative with us on her progress & areas of growth! She’s very excited about swim & earning her patches.
– Courtney T.


My son had a little anxiety before his first lesson but the friendly staff and small groups put him at ease right away! They keep the lessons fun for the kids. My son looks forword to it each week. The staff was very professional and friendly. The establishment is a very clean, safe environment. A great opportunity for learning all the fundamentals of swimming.
– James J.


Lake In The Hills, Illinois

Ella loves coming to Bear Paddle and the swim lessons have given her so much confidence! Earlier this year she was afraid to put her head in the water and now she can swim on her own and started level 4. We love the friendly staff and we are looking forward to watching Ella progress and graduate someday!
– Ilana J.


Bear Paddle Swim School has been a WONDERFUL experience for my 5 year old daughter. She started taking lessons 3 months ago and has already gained so much confidence and so many skills! We LOVE Bear Paddle and recommend it to all our friends with kids.
– Gina S.


We love Bear Paddle!! The instructors are great and the format is really easy for the kids to understand & pick up on quickly. After only a few short months I already see a HUGE difference in my kids’ swimming abilities & confidence in the water.
– Jackie F.


My 4 year old has been taking lessons here for almost 2 months and is learning so much. They make lessons fun and I can see a definite improvement in her skills already. The facility is amazing and staff is very friendly.
– Rhonda O.


We absolutely LOVE Bear Paddle! When my son started in March, he didn’t even like water on his face during a bath. Just a few short months later of regular classes with Devin – he swims like a fish! He can’t wait to go every week and constantly wants to be at a pool. It has been an amazing experience!
– Roxanne W.


Florence, Illinois

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 R.


After a week of spring swim camp, we went from being afraid to let go of our 3 year olds hand near the pool to watching him get in and out safely and swim through the water with almost no support. The staff are professional and earned our son’s trust. Plus, the place is always immaculately clean. I don’t know how they do that with so many kids going through!
– Lauren D.


My three-year-old has been going to Bear Paddle classes for almost two months, and we absolutely love it! When we began, he was afraid to get in the water, and he cried the whole first lesson. The teachers have been very patient and excellent in working with him. He quickly got over his fear and now loves class. We’re seeing rapid progress in his comfort and swim abilities. Excellent interactions with all staff there, and nice, clean facility.
– Bethany R.


Absolutely love Bear Paddle Swim School!! The teachers are so patient and know just what to do with each student no matter what kind of mood they are in. My daughter is 3 and is so comfortable in the water and just moved to Level 2. She asks if we can go to swim lessons EVERY day!
– Logan H.


What a refreshing addition to NKY. We’ve taken it daughter to swim lessons at other facilities but this is the best by far. The facilities are are new and clean without the terrible chemical smell or burn since the pool is saltwater. The instructors​ are very patient and they utilize a patch reward system to motivate the kids in their skill progression.
– Frank M


Marlton, New Jersey

We absolutely love this facility and the staff. Everyone is so friendly and inviting. We started swimming lessons for safety, but my son ended up loving his weekly lessons. My husband and I were so impressed with how quickly our son learned, and is now able to not only pull himself out of the water, but he can swim above and underwater, using different strokes! His instructor Joe is so amazing!
– Cassandra C.


The teachers here are really great with my kid! In only two lessons she went from no swimming skill at all to showing confidence in the water and has only grown into a good little swimmer with the help of Bear Paddle!
– Ed N.


The small group classes really help children not only get comfortable in the water, but also teaches them proper swim techniques and life saving skills. Love this place!
– Jennifer S.


Bear paddle is everything we wanted and more for our 7 month old girl. She is improving every lesson and loves the pool. It is very affordable. The instructors and front desk staff are very helpful. The facilities have everything you would need and are well kept. Thank you Bear paddle.
Kyle H.


My 2 year old really enjoys swimming at Bear Paddle. He always loved water but now he is going under the water and can hold his breath for 6 bananas as they count it. The instructors have been great. My son is singing the songs and loves giving the high 5’s. The pool is warm most the time and the setup of the lockers and stalls are great. We really enjoy Bear Paddle and I would definitely recommend their program
– Tek U.


"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