Swimming Lessons week 12

Miss 3 just completed the final week of her Fall Session swimming lessons. We are so proud of the progress she’s made, thanks to her swim instructors at Bear Paddle. In fact, we signed her up for Winter Quarter, which begins the week of January 2, 2020.

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Although water safety is our number one priority, we secretly hoped Miss 3 would learn to love the water. She started out terrified of the water and being splashed. In the last 3 months she has made tremendous progress. Two weeks ago, she began swimming all by herself with her face in the water! She overcame all her fears and earned a Star Swimmer Badge. I’m still crying happy tears.

Earned a Star Swimmer Patch during swimming lessons

Swim Lessons Make a Difference

We first realized her swim lessons were making a huge difference when we took her on a vacation halfway through the fall session. Suddenly, she wanted to go swimming at the resort pool. We were so happy to swim, and play. But then, she didn’t want to get out of the water. How ironic, right?

Why we chose Bear Paddle

It all started when I began researching swim lessons online. We tried a class at our local recreation center. It wasn’t a good fit for us, and the water was cold. That’s when I discovered Bear Paddle had an organically purified saltwater pool, heated to a warm 90 degrees. The class small sizes are small, which allows for more individual attention. (There were four kids total in our fall session class.) Additionally, they offer a complimentary private swim lesson to new families so you can be sure that Bear Paddle is the right fit. After trying out the free swim lesson, I knew Bear Paddle was exactly what we were looking for.

Bear Paddle Saltwater Pool

What We Like about Bear Paddle

The swim instructors are over the age of 18 and certified in CPR. You can request a specific swim instructor. They offer lessons for children as young as six months old. The kids are placed in classes with other similar aged kids at comparable skill levels. They offer numerous levels where children can refine their techniques in a mild practice environment. Their swim lessons are structured by age and ability within each group. As a result, Miss 3 has worked her way up from Introduction to Teddy to Teddy 1. Both classes involve the parent/caregiver in the pool with the child.

Above all, starting in January 2020, Family Swim will be free (for registered families.) This open swim time is a great way to practice on Saturdays and Sundays. Space is limited, so be sure to call or sign up online.

Overall, our experience at Bear Paddle has been fantastic. We couldn’t be happier with our daughter’s progress, thanks to Bear Paddle. If you’d like to try a free swim lesson, please let them know Misty Hill referred you. Bear Paddle will take great care of your family.

If you have any questions about Bear Paddle, or our experience, please let me know in the comments below.


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