The NDPA works closely with a large number of families who have lost a loved one to a drowning. This group is collectively known as Families United to Prevent Drowning. Each member of Families United to Prevent Drowning has turned their personal loss into lifesaving advocacy work to help prevent another family from experiencing a similar tragedy. Members of the alliance are often asked “what is the why behind NDPA?” and that answer is simple; so not one more drowning occurs, and another family doesn’t experience a drowning related tragedy. The mission of the National Drowning Prevention Alliance is: “United, we can prevent the tragedy of drowning.” We believe that together we can reduce the incidence of drowning and aquatic injuries in the US and abroad. Join us to help save lives!
United States Swim School Association
The US Swim School Association began in 1988 to fill a need in the swim school industry. Over the past 30 years, the association has grown to become the largest swim school association in the country, and is recognized by affiliated schools, instructors, and parents alike as the preeminent swim school organization in the world. Swim schools receive industry leading benefits as association members, including the latest training in water safety, swim instruction methods and tools, invitations to annual conferences, and many other benefits that help establish and build each individual business.
USA Swimming Foundation
The USA Swimming Foundation serves as the philanthropic arm of USA Swimming. Established in 2004, the Foundation works to strengthen the sport by saving lives and building champions -in the pool and in life. Whether equipping our children with the life-saving skill of learn-to-swim through our Make a Splash initiative, or providing financial support to our heroes on the U.S. National Team, the USA Swimming Foundation aims to provide the wonderful experience of swimming to kids at all levels across the country.
Safer Pools. Safer Kids. Six year-old Abbey Taylor’s hope was that no child should ever suffer like she did as the result of an improperly maintained pool. In her name, the Foundation will work tirelessly toward a world with safer pools by providing education and advocating for comprehensive safety standards for all pools.
LemonAiD is a Salvation Army program that began in 2007 in Lexington, KY. It is a benefit for impoverished children run by caring kids. 2019 is our first year launching in Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky. The concept of LemonAiD is simple—kids help other kids by operating a lemonade stand during the campaign and donating the proceeds to The Salvation Army. The impact is two-fold. First, kids participating learn the priceless lesson that they can make a positive difference in their community. They also learn some marketing and business skills. LemonAiD provides a meaningful family and youth group activity. Second, The Salvation Army will use 100% of the proceeds to help poverty-stricken children by providing healthy meals, after-school and summer education, recreation programs, music classes, summer camp and more!
American Red Cross
SWIM TEACHERS – All of our Swim Teachers are certified in the Bear Paddle method of teaching and American Red Cross CPR Certified. This includes extensive training in safety, stroke technique, class management, imagination, and enthusiasm. We require our Swim Teachers to be 18 years or older.
"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!"