Teddy Bear Program
SWIM BEFORE YOU WALK!
Drowning is the number one cause of accidental death for infants and young children between the ages of 1-4.
– U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
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.
PREPARING OUR YOUNGEST SWIMMERS
Water emergencies can happen in a matter of seconds, it is important for your child to be as equipped as possible.
Teddy Bear Level 3 – Flip to Breathe prepares infants and toddlers with the ability to perform life-saving skills needed to survive in a water emergency.
Teddy Bear Program teaches:
- Infants and toddlers ages 6 months to 36 months safety and survival swimming skills.
- Comfort, Awareness, Propulsion, and Independence throughout Teddy Bears 4 Levels.
- Our youngest swimmers Level 3 – Flip To Breathe to prepare them with the ability to survive and recover in the event of a water emergency.
Parents play an integral role in the early stages of swim safety. We educate our parents on the best teaching methods, safe habits, and skill development. Our Teddy Bear Program helps prepare infants and toddlers for all types of water environments; bathtubs, hot tubs, pools, water parks, lakes, rivers, streams, and oceans. Regardless of the age of the swimmer, our Level 3 – Flip To Breathe is the minimum swimming skill every person should achieve.
TEDDY BEAR PROGRAM’S 4 LEVELS TEACHES OUR YOUNGEST SWIMMERS
WATER INTRODUCTION AND COMFORT
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.
INDEPENDENT SWIMMING ON TUMMY AND BACK
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.
SWIMMING ON TUMMY AND FLOATING ON BACK
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.
FLIP TO BREATHE FOR SURVIVAL AND RECOVERY
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.
TEDDY BEAR PROGRAM PREPARES INFANTS AND TODDLERS TO BE CONFIDENT AND SAFE SWIMMERS!
SKILL PATCHES & CERTIFICATE OF COMPLETION
As Students demonstrate the ability to perform each skill throughout the 4 Teddy Bear Levels, Students are awarded skill patches! Before graduating from our Teddy Bear Program, Students will perform Level 3 skills by demonstrating skills with clothes on. Once completed they will receive a certificate of completion of the Teddy Bear Program!
FAMILY SWIM IS A GREAT PLACE TO PRACTICE YOUR WATER SAFETY AND SWIMMING SKILLS!
FACILITY AND POOL ABOVE THE REST
Our facility provides the best swimming environment with fresh, comfortable, and clean pool water for everyone including our littlest babies. Our Teddy families will enjoy our state of the art warm saltwater pool and family friendly changing areas with changing tables, toddler seats, swimsuit dryers, lockers, and family friendly changing areas.
We go through an extensive process to organically purify our saltwater pools for all swimmers. The Bear Paddle water purification process starts with our Saltwater Generator System that naturally produces chlorine which searches out and destroys the organic and bacterial matter within the pool water. The water is then filtered by our Neptune Benson – Defender Filter and sanitized by our UV Light System. The saltwater pool ensures all swimmers will experience clean water and air that is gentle to skin, eyes, and lungs!
GIVE THE GIFT OF SWIMMING TO YOUR LITTLE ONE TODAY!
"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."
"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."
"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!"
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!"
"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."
"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!"