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Welcome to the Bear Paddle Swim School Blog. Our results-focused story-based approach to teaching lessons builds confident and skilled swimmers, so parents can rest assured that their child is having fun while learning to swim.

Great Children’s Activities To Build Their Confidence

Childhood is a time for exploration. Finding the right activity for your children can help build their confidence, so don’t shy away from letting them try different things. Children all...

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Keeping Your Child Safe Around Water

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...

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What Makes A Custom Kids’ Swimming Program Different

Many of us grew up at a time when swimming lessons were much more informal than they are now. Either by a family member in a backyard pool, or perhaps...

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5 Excuses Kids Make To Avoid Swimming Lessons

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...

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Exciting Changes Coming To Our Swim Program

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...

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6 Fun Water Games For Kids And Parents

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...

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Proposed Legislation Requires Swim Lessons For All Children

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...

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Ben Strong Trunk Or Treat Fundraiser!

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:...

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What To Do If Your Child Is Afraid Of The Water

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...

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The Best Advice For New Bear Paddle Families

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...

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Common Misconceptions About Treading Water

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...

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This Week At Bear Paddle Swim School August 23

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...

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