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About BPWS

Black People Will Swim’s mission is plain and simple: smashing the stereotype that Black people don’t swim. 

We achieve this through our four foundational pillars F.A.C.E. encouraging our community to FACE their fears. Read more about them below.  

black women having fun in water


Whether you're looking to conquer your aquaphobia or hoping to acquire a new life skill, BPWS wants to put the fun into the fundamentals of swimming. With easy step-by-step techniques, we'll swim at your pace while working to keep you — and your confidence — afloat.

Confident women of color in swimsuit


Through our swim sessions, you will gain a family of friends and familiar faces to help empower you on your swimming journey. At BPWS, you'll never have to dive without a supportive tribe.

African American hand coming out of wate


Our history with water is a complicated one. In fact, data from the USA Swimming Foundation in 2019 showed that 64 percent of Black children have no or low swimming ability — and BPWS wants to change that narrative. We offer a safe space that will not only help you overcome your fears and insecurities in the water but transform your relationship with it.

Black parent playing with child in water


Before you even dip a toe into a pool, you will be given the right equipment and taught the proper techniques to thrive in water. From hair care products to goggles and bathing suits to swim trunks, BPWS will set you up for success.

While we're known as Black People Will Swim, all aspiring swimmers are welcome to join the movement. Our goal is to make a difference in every community that's ready to dive into a new beginning.

We’re #SwimmingInColor!

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Paulana Lamonier teach young African American children how to swim

Make the promise

Sometimes, all you need to do is take the first step. Make the promise to yourself and your loved ones that you will learn how to swim.

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