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Swim lessons are structured by age and ability to accommodate varying abilities within each age group.

Age Groups

Levels

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Introduction to Teddy
Students will master Teddy Paddle and Teddy Float.

Teddy Paddle:
paddling while blowing bubbles and kicking with flotation.
Teddy Float: floating on back with parent assistance for 30 seconds.
Ratio 5:1 (Parent participation class)
Water Adjustment
Students will master Cub Paddle, Cub Float and Tummy Pool Exit.

Cub Paddle:
paddling with face in the water and kicking with flotation.
Cub Float: floating on back with assistance for 30 seconds.
Tummy Pool Exit: using elbows and tummy to pull self out of pool.
Ratio 4:1 (Parent participation class)
THREE YEARS AND OLDER Ratio 3:1
Basics of Swimming
Students will master Bear Paddle, Kid Backstroke, Kid Breaststroke and Humpty Dumpty.

Bear Paddle:
paddling and kicking on tummy.
Kid Backstroke: swooshing arms on back.
Kid Breaststroke: arms extend together in front of head, sweeping back in a circular motion and kicking.
Humpty Dumpty: fall into pool, turn, swim to wall and perform a Tummy Pool Exit.
Ratio 4:1 (Parent participation class)
THREE YEARS AND OLDER Ratio 3:1
Flip to Breathe
Students will master Kid Freestyle, Junior Breaststroke and Humpty Dumpty with Breath.

Kid Freestyle:
paddling and kicking on tummy, flip to breathe.
Junior Breaststroke: arms extend together in front of head, sweeping back in a circular motion with kicking, flip to breathe.
Humpty Dumpty with Breath: fall into pool, flip to breathe, swim to wall and perform a Tummy Pool Exit.
Ratio 3:1 (NON-PARENT PARTICIPATION CLASS)
THREE YEARS AND OLDER Ratio 3:1
Fundamentals of Swimming
Students will master Junior Freestyle, Junior Backstroke, Kid Butterfly and Chop-Chop Timber.

Junior Freestyle:
straight arms move alternately in a circular motion, accompanied with flutter kicks and flip to breathe.
Junior Backstroke: on back, slightly bent arms move alternately in a circular motion, accompanied with flutter kicks.
Kid Butterfly: dolphin kick with arms on side.
Chop-Chop Timber: jump into water, swim to wall and perform a Tummy Pool Exit.
THREE YEARS AND OLDER Ratio 4:1
Swimmer for Life
Students will master Freestyle, Backstroke, Junior Butterfly and Chop-Chop Timber with Breath.

Freestyle:
straight arms move alternately in a circular motion, accompanied with flutter kicks and side breath.
Backstroke: on back, arms move alternately in a circular motion, accompanied with flutter kicks.
Junior Butterfly: arms move simultaneously in a circular motion, flip to breathe.
Chop-Chop Timber with Breath: jump into water, flip to breathe, swim to wall and perform a Tummy Pool Exit.
THREE YEARS AND OLDER Ratio 4:1
Competitive Strokes
Students will master Breaststroke and Butterfly while building endurance for Freestyle and Backstroke.

Breaststroke:
arms extend together in front of head, sweeping back in a circular motion, accompanied with frog like kicks.
Butterfly: arms move simultaneously in a circular motion, accompanied with dolphin kick.
THREE YEARS AND OLDER Ratio 5:1
Competitive Advantage
Students will master Competitive Turns, Streamline, Sculling and Team Prep.

Competitive Turns:
flip turn for competitive Freestyle and Backstroke and open turn at wall for competitive Breaststroke and Butterfly.
Streamline: locking straight arms tucked behind ears; used for competitive push offs and turns.
Sculling: pushing water inward and outward using palms of hands in three different positions.
Team Prep: competitive sets, intervals, push offs and finishes.
THREE YEARS AND OLDER Ratio 5:1
Team Fit
Continued development of swim technique and fitness in a mild practice enviroment.

THREE YEARS AND OLDER Ratio 6:1

"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