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Each Bear Paddle facility features a state of the art warm saltwater pool with our interactive Paddle’s Kid Wash, Clubhouse & Viewing Area, Paddle’s Gear Shop for all of your apparel and swim needs, and Family Friendly Changing Area. Take a peek inside our facility and learn about what Bear Paddle has to offer!


Stop by the Front Desk to say hello, ask questions, learn about upcoming Swim Camps, or inquire about any needs or concerns you have! The team at the Front Desk is available to answer any of your questions. Our Front Desk is equipped with two computers where parents can register for classes, access the Parent Portal, or check out our social media pages. The Front Desk has all of the information about Bear Paddle’s facility and program. We love to see the smiling faces enter the lobby and say see you next time to families leaving!


The Clubhouse is a climate controlled area, perfect for parents watching their children swim, swimmers waiting for their class to start, or children getting homework completed while their brother or sister paddles and kicks away. There are always kid friendly movies to occupy even the busiest little ones. The Clubhouse is also available for families to host pool parties on the weekends!


Paddle’s Gear Shop is your one-stop-shop for all things Bear Paddle. We keep a wide variety of swim apparel for all sizes, ages, abilities, and personalities. We also stock a variety of swim essentials including goggles, flippers, ear plugs, and even our training tools. Don’t forget to grab a Bear Paddle t-shirt, sweatshirt, or hat for you or a friend. Also, be sure to check out our new Skill Patch Rewards towel where you can track your student’s swimming progress each step of the way!


It is our mission at Bear Paddle to provide the best swimming environment with fresh, comfortable, and clean pool water for our Students, Parents, and Team Members!

Bear Paddle’s warm 90-degree saltwater pool with small class sizes, provides a welcoming environment where children can focus on learning and having fun while being comfortable in the water.

The Bear Paddle water purification process starts with our Saltwater Generator System that naturally produces chlorine which searches out and destroys the organic and bacterial matter within the pool water. The water is then filtered by our Neptune Benson – Defender Filter and sanitized by our UV Light System. The saltwater pool ensures all swimmers will experience clean water and air that is gentle to skin, eyes, and lungs!


We have designed a family friendly changing area where both moms and dads are welcome with their student. We provide changing stalls complete with benches and hooks, lockers for storing your additional clothing and bags, as well as separate showers for rinsing off before and after swim lessons. Each changing room features swimsuit dryers that spin the water off of your swim apparel in less than 30 seconds and hair dryers placed at a convenient height!

"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