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Keeping Your Child Safe Around Water

December 5th, 2019
Teaching children to swim is an important step in keeping them safe around water. If they unexpectedly fall in, they should know important skills, like how to flip to breathe and how to swim to the side and pull themselves up. However, preventing water accidents is just as important. While we want your children to […]

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What Makes A Custom Kids’ Swimming Program Different

November 22nd, 2019
Many of us grew up at a time when swimming lessons were much more informal than they are now. We may have been taught by a family member in a backyard pool, or perhaps we learned at summer camp in a pond or lake. Those of us who lived close to a YMCA or Boys […]

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5 Excuses Kids Make To Avoid Learning To Swim

November 7th, 2019
Learning to swim is an important skill that will help keep your children safe throughout their lives. But what happens when your child doesn’t want to learn? Here are five excuses kids make to avoid learning to swim and tips to help them get past their reluctance. 1. It’s Too Cold To Swim As winter […]

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Exciting Changes Coming To Our Swim Program

November 4th, 2019
At Bear Paddle, we know that the more your child is in the water, the stronger the progress they will make. That is why we are excited to announce some great additions to our Winter offering. Thanks to all of you who were kind enough to share your feedback. It helps us to shape updates […]

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6 Fun Water Games For Kids And Parents

November 1st, 2019
Bear Paddle Swim School always encourages family swim time. It’s important to practice skills in a fun and familiar atmosphere with family and friends. Playing water games with your children is a great way to help them practice their skills while having fun as family. Here are six games you can try with your children. […]

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Proposed Legislation Requires Swim Lessons For All Children

October 21st, 2019
Dr. Bill Kent, Chairman of the International Swimming Hall of Fame, is doing everything he can to tackle the national issue of childhood drowning. Dr. Kent is the driving force behind Florida legislation that would require swim lessons for all children before they are admitted into Kindergarten. This proposed legislation would require school district boards […]

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Ben Strong Trunk Or Treat Fundraiser!

October 17th, 2019
Bear Paddle in Oakley Station is proud to be hosting a Halloween themed Open Swim Fundraiser on Sunday, October 27 from 3:00PM – 6:00PM. The event will be complete with: Trunk-or-treating from 5:00PM – 6:00PM Halloween arts and crafts Kid-friendly Halloween movie ‍ Open Family Swim Facility Tours and more! Admission: Donate what you can […]

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What To Do If Your Child Is Afraid Of The Water

What To Do If Your Child Is Afraid Of The Water

October 9th, 2019
The most popular question we get from new parents is what to do if their child is afraid of the water. Believe it or not, we see swimmers daily that are afraid of the water. Whether that means afraid to put their head in the water or afraid to get in the water at all, […]

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The Best Advice For New Bear Paddle Families

October 3rd, 2019
We asked some of our expert Bear Paddle parents on advice they have to offer to both new Bear Paddle families, as well as to those considering swim lessons for their child. Ursula, Lake In The Hills, IL: “Get your kids in the water as soon as they turn 6-months-old, don’t wait until they are […]

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Common Misconceptions About Treading Water

August 30th, 2019
Most of us were taught to tread water as children. It was considered an essential safety skill, and it is still used by lifeguards, water polo players, and the US Navy, to name a few. However, there are some common misconceptions when it comes to young swimmers treading water. What is Treading Water? Treading water […]

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