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Smashing Stereotypes

Black People Will Swim's sole mission is simple: It's smashing the stereotype that Black people don’t swim. We aim to do this through several ways by using the acronym F.A.C.E. — fun, awareness, community, and education — and encouraging our community to (italicize) face (italicize) their fears.

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Frequently Asked Questions

  • Is Black People Will Swim only for Black people?
    At Black People Will Swim, lessons are open to everyone but we are committed to empowering the Black community and smashing the stereotypes that have had long-lasting ripple effects on our community for decades.
  • What age groups do you teach?
    We serve all age groups from 2 year-olds to over 65-year-olds.
  • When will classes start?
    Our 6-week swim program will start Tuesday, October 31 to Friday, December 15. If you missed registration for this session, Make the Promise to get the 411 for our any upcoming sessions.
  • How many classes are in a session?
    There are 6 classes in each session (package).
  • Do you plan on expanding to other cities?
    At this time, we are focusing on the New York location (York College in Jamaica, Queens, New York City | 94-20 Guy R Brewer Blvd., Jamaica, NY 11451). Sign up for email updates to be notified when we come to your city by Making the Promise on our website:
  • Are you currently accepting donations? How can I donate?
    First, thank you so much for your support! Yes, we are always accepting donations. You can donate to our by heading to our donation page.
  • I am based outside of New York. Should I sign up for swim lessons?
    Not at this time. We are focusing on the New York location. (York College in Jamaica, Queens, New York City | 94-20 Guy R Brewer Blvd., Jamaica, NY 11451) We encourage everyone outside of New York to Make The Promise so that you'll learn how to swim. We advise that you do not purchase a class at this time unless you have your own method of transportation to our location.
  • How can I support the BPWS mission and purpose?
    There are a number of ways you can support us: Join the #SwimFam by following us on our social media platforms and signing up for our newsletter at the bottom of the homepage. Make the promise— Pledge your commitment to learning how to swim. Donation — You can donate by clicking here.
  • I would like to be a swim instructor. How can I join the Black People Will Swim team as an instructor?
    That is awesome that you want to join our #SwimFam! We’re always looking for certified water safety instructors. Email your resume and certifications to our Aquatics Director at In order to join the BPWS team, all instructors and team members will undergo a background check.
  • How can I get involved?
    You can join the #SwimFam by making the promise that you'll learn how to swim here:
  • Do we teach special needs kids?
    Yes, we do! We offer a number of classes where you can decide if you'd like to go private lessons or a group class. You can click here to get started:
  • Do we have classes starting up soon?
    Our Summer Program is now closed. Stay tuned for information on our next class schedule.

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