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Infant Swim Lessons

Swimming Lessons for Infants Starting at 6 Months Old

Water emergencies can happen in a matter of seconds. Your child should be as equipped as possible.

Bear Paddle’s mission is to save lives by teaching children how to swim. Learning water safety skills at a young age is crucial as children are exposed to water every day, no matter where they live.

Our Teddy Bear Program teaches:

Safety and survival swimming skills for infants and toddlers ages 6 months to 36 months 

Comfort, Awareness, Propulsion, and Independence throughout all of our 4 levels

The ability to survive and recover in the event of a water emergency for our youngest swimmers


Teddy Bear Introduction familiarizes parents and students to the water environment. Students adjust to water in their eyes, nose, ears, while establishing comfort and confidence floating on their back, and developing muscle memory.

Teddy Bear Level 1 takes comfort and confidence to the next level. Students practice propelling themselves through the water with light flotation, floating on their back independently, and safe pool exits.

Teddy Bear Level 2 raises the bar from comfort and confidence to independent swimming on tummy and back. Students practice propelling themselves through the water without flotation providing the skills they will need to master the more advanced flip to breathe for a safe recovery in Teddy Bear Level 3.

Teddy Bear Level 3 takes the skills of Level 2 and adds a flip breath for survival and recovery. Students master flipping to their back and return to swimming on their tummy as well as swimming to the wall to pull themselves out of the pool.

Start your Bear Paddle story with a free swim lesson and skills assessment.

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