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Bear Paddle’s story-based lesson plans are created from a child’s perspective to keep children involved and learning throughout their swim lessons. Our saltwater pool is divided into stations for each level with all the required teaching tools. Each student progresses at their own pace and is recognized for their accomplishments with Bear Paddle’s Skill Patch Rewards.

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Bear Paddle Swim School offers Weekly Swim Lessons seven days a week, year round at participating locations! We make swimming a convenient and consistent part of your student’s routine. It’s easy to enroll! Pick a day and time that works best for your family and that is your reserved time until your student moves up a level, your schedule changes, or you need to take a break. Enroll today and start tomorrow! The benefits to Weekly Lessons include:

• Certified Swim Teachers
• Fun Swim Lessons
• Small Class Size
• Facility Just For Kids
• High Flexibility Swim Schedule

At Bear Paddle Swim School, your children will learn important lessons about water safety and swimming that will build their confidence whenever water is nearby. Starting with baby swimming lessons and working on up to swimming classes for kids of all ages, our locations in Illinois, Kentucky, Ohio, New Jersey, and California provide specialized lessons catered to each age group and skill level.

Our lessons are embedded in a fun, interactive curriculum that allows your child to master the building blocks of swimming before moving on to more challenging endeavors. As your child grows and completes each stage of their swimming lessons, they will move into more challenging waters and learn a variety of new swimming techniques.

Weekly Swim Lessons FAQS

How Do I Register For Swim Lessons?

Registration is easy! You can view our swim schedule and register online, or by calling your local Bear Paddle location.

How Do I Know Which Swim Level Is Best For My Student?

We have designed our curriculum by age and ability. If you are unsure what Swim Level to register your Student in, we welcome you to take an online Swim Assessment or schedule a free in-person Swim Assessment by calling your local Bear Paddle location.

How Do I Pay For Swim Lessons?

Weekly Swim Lesson fees are charged per lesson per month on the first day of each month. Swim Lesson prices include one 30-minute lesson per week. Families will not be charged for their first Swim Lesson until the start date is confirmed. Fees may be pro-rated based on your first or last day of Swim Lessons and Scheduled Bear Paddle Closures. Scheduled Bear Paddle Closures are defined as pre-planned dates Bear Paddle is closed. We accept Visa, MasterCard, Discover, American Express, cash, or check. Cash or check payments must be submitted to the Front Desk prior to the first of the month and may require a deposit.

Do You Have Enrollment Fees?

Bear Paddle charges a $25 enrollment fee for new families and a $15 re-enrollment fee for all families. Transferring classes does not result in an enrollment fee.

Where Can I Find Your Swim Schedule?

Our online swim schedule reflects our most up-to-date swim schedule and only displays classes with space available for enrollment.

What If I Can’t Find A Swim Time Online That Works With My Family’s Schedule?

We try our best to offer swim lessons to accommodate families with busy schedules. If you can’t find a time that works with your family, please give us a call at your local Bear Paddle location.

Can My Student Swim More Than One Time Per Week?

Yes! Repetition is the key to learning how to swim. Swimming more often will increase the momentum of your Student’s Skill development.

If I Have More Than One Student, Can My Students Swim At The Same Time?

We try our best to accommodate families with more than one Student. We offer a variety of classes for different ages and abilities to facilitate easier family scheduling.

What If My Student Needs To Change Classes?

Our Front Desk Team can assist with any class changes and we will do our best to accommodate the on-going scheduling needs of your family. When your Student graduates, we will happily assist you in finding a new Swim Level class for your Student. If you would like to change classes to better suit the needs of your Student for a specific Swim Teacher, day, or time, we will work with you to find the best class for your Student.

What If My Student Transfers To A Different Day And Receives An Extra Swim Lesson?

If a transfer of Swim Lesson results in an extra Swim Lesson, a fee will be charged for the additional Swim Lesson.

Will My Student’s Swim Teacher Change?

While we strive to provide consistent Swim Teachers week-to-week while maintaining the highest standards of teaching excellence, sometimes a Swim Teacher may need to change their schedule. New Swim Teachers can be a good thing. Even when an existing Swim Teacher is well liked, different Swim Teachers see different elements and may have the ability to challenge your Student in a new way. Sometimes staying with a specific Swim Teacher may create a dependency, which may prohibit the Student from swimming successfully without their favorite Swim Teacher. Providing a diverse Swim Lesson experience will help Students adjust to unforeseen challenges. In addition, family scheduling can be easier for Parents when the Student is not tied to one specific Swim Teacher.

How Long Are The Swim Lessons?

Each Swim Lesson is 30 minutes in length.

How Many Students Are In Each Class?

Student to Teacher ratios for Non-Parent participation classes are 3:1 and 4:1. Student to Teacher ratios for Parent participation classes are 5:1 and 4:1.

How Long Will It Take My Student To Learn How To Swim?

This is one of the most popular questions Parents ask. Every Student is unique with varying swimming ability. There is no set time it will take a Student to learn how to swim. At Bear Paddle, we believe swimming consistently and frequently are the keys to swimming success.

Do You Offer Private, Semi-private, Or Special Needs Classes?

Yes, if you would like to schedule a private, semi-private, or special needs class, please give us a call at your local Bear Paddle location so our team can help find something within your schedule.

What Happens If My Student Is Ready To Move Up A Swim Level?

If your Student is ready to move up a Swim Level due to a change in age or ability, we will work with you to find a new class that fits your schedule.

How Do I Know If My Student Is Ready To Move Up?

When a Student is ready to advance to the next Swim Level, the Deck Specialist will alert you and your Student. The Deck Specialist will also award your Student with Skill Patches.

Where Do I Go If I Want To Ask How My Student Is Progressing In Their Class?

The Deck Specialist is present on the Pool Deck and evaluates each Student during each class. The Deck Specialist is ready to provide updates on the progress of each Student. The Deck Specialist is always available to answer any questions regarding our program, policies, or Student progress. The Deck Specialist also gives Students their earned Skill Patches and will communicate when the Student is ready to move up to the next level!

My Student Got Patches Right Away In Level 1 Through Level 3 But It Is Taking Longer In Level 4, Why Is That?

Most Students tend to earn Skill Patches and graduate the beginner levels more quickly than the upper levels. Students may earn multiple Skill Patches at one time or gradually over an extended period of time. Don’t be discouraged! Talk to your Deck Specialist to see what your Student needs to focus on. Adding an additional swim day or a Swim Camp also can speed up your Student’s progress.

What Are The Benefits Of A Saltwater Pool?

Saltwater ensures your Student will experience clean water and air that is gentler to skin, eyes, and lungs.

When Are Bear Paddle’s Scheduled Closings?

Bear Paddle will be closed on the following days: Easter Break, Memorial Break, Summer Break, Labor Day Break, Thanksgiving Break, and Winter Break. You will not be charged for Swim Lessons if your Student swims during these times.

What Will Happen In The Event Of A Pool Closure (Bathroom Incident, Power Outage, or Weather)?

If we must close the pool for any of the above reasons, each Student will be given a Make-Up lesson. Please be patient while Management assesses all situations. Some power outages are temporary and Swim Lessons can be completed. For severe weather, the management team will direct everyone to the changing area. Since our pools are grounded and we do not have an outdoor pool, we are able to continue with Swim Lessons during most severe weather.

What Does My Student Need To Bring To Swim Lessons?

All Students will need to bring a swimsuit and a towel. All of our Students under the age of three are also required to wear a disposable and a reusable swim diaper. Our Pool Deck has all the necessary teaching tools for your Student to use during their Swim Lesson, however, your Student may bring their own goggles.

What Should I Expect On My First Day?

We will ensure your Student is in the right Swim Level. Both the Swim Teacher and Deck Specialist will work together to ensure each Student’s Skill Level meets the expectations of each class. If you feel your Student has not been assessed accurately or is in the wrong Swim Level, please notify the Deck Specialist.

When Can My Student Start?

Start today! We are an open-enrollment Swim School, which means you can start anytime. View our swim schedule and register online.

How Can I Make Sure My Student Doesn’t Go To The Bathroom In The Pool?

To avoid a bathroom mishap in the pool, please arrive with enough time prior to your Swim Lesson to take your Student to the bathroom. Also, if your Student is under the age of three or is not potty trained, please ensure you have a disposable and a reusable swim diaper on them during Swim Lessons.

What If My Student Misses A Swim Lesson?

In the event your Student misses a Swim Lesson, they can Make-Up one missed Swim Lesson per month. Please notify us if your Student is unable to attend their Swim Lesson via email or phone. Make-Up Lessons can be scheduled up to one week in advance after the missed Swim Lesson. If a Student misses multiple Swim Lessons in one month, they will be eligible to Make-Up one Swim Lesson unless a doctor’s note is provided. Families will not be charged for lessons that fall on Scheduled Bear Paddle Closures. In the event of an Unexpected Bear Paddle Closure, your Student will receive a Make-Up Lesson.

How Do I Schedule A Make-Up Lesson?

View our schedule online for our most up-to-date swim schedule. Find a time that works with your schedule and check availability by contacting us by phone or completing an online Make-Up Lesson Request.

What If I Need To Take A Break From Swim Lessons?

We require a 30-day written notice if you would like to take a break from Swim Lessons. You can fill out aWithdraw Request Form at bearpaddle.com, send us an email, or stop by our Front Desk.

"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