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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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This Week At Bear Paddle Swim School August 23

August 23rd, 2019
Featured Teacher Name: Brianna S. Location: Orland Park, IL Three Words To Describe Me: Fun, Disney, Kid What Is Your Swim Story? I went swimming with the dolphins on my first Disney Cruise to the Bahamas! What Is Your Favorite Part About Working At Bear Paddle? Seeing and hearing everyone’s swim story and how we […]

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Be A Water Watchdog!

August 20th, 2019
Many of us have fond childhood memories of pool parties and swimming at the beach. Naturally, we want our children to enjoy swimming, too. However, drowning is the leading cause of preventable death in children ages 1-4 and remains a leading cause of death for older children. One of the best things you can do […]

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Learning To Swim Is A Journey

Learning To Swim Is A Journey

August 14th, 2019
Children Learing To Swim We often think of learning to swim as a one-time achievement: either you can swim, or you can’t. In truth, learning to swim is more of a journey. Different skills are appropriate to different age groups. While many parents think that children can learn to swim in just a few lessons, […]

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“Flip To Breathe” Teaching Children How To Swim The Bear Paddle Way

August 8th, 2019
Bear Paddle’s mission is to build safer swimmers 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. Level 3 – Flip to Breathe prepares infants and toddlers with the ability to perform life-saving skills needed […]

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Harper’s Swim Story

August 6th, 2019
Harper is two years old and has been taking lessons at Bear Paddle. She started right after she turned two. She has always loved the water but had no structured lessons before. We have never had any kind of flotation on her, either. Anytime we attempted to put it on her, she would fight us! […]

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