Frequently Asked Questions
Is Black People Will Swim only for Black people?
Do you plan on expanding to other cities?
Not at this timee, due to COVID-19. While certain cities are opening in phases, we will continue to prioritize the health of our swimmers, staff and instructors.
I would like to be a swim instructor. How can I join the Black People Will Swim team as an instructor?
Click here to go to our instructor directory
Click "add entry"
Email your resume and certifications to Aquatics@BlackPeopleWIllSwim.com
I am based outside of New York. Should I sign up for swim lessons?
How can I support the BPWS mission and purpose?
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.
Crowdfunding — You can donate to our crowdfunding campaign by clicking here.
Where are you offering classes?
What age groups do you teach?
What should I bring to swim class?
Bring a bathing suit, swim cap, and a towel. If you don't have a swim cap and goggles, we have a merchandise shop where you can buy it from us.
Do you offer refunds?
When will classes start?
What are your class ratios?
Our class ratios are 1 instructor to 6 students.
What if I miss a class? Will I receive a refund?
Unfortunately, do not offer refunds at this time. As an alternative, we offer make-up classes during the last week of classes. Please let us know what day and time you'd like to take your make-up class and we will try our best to assist by emailing us at BlackPeopleWillSwim@gmail.com.
I was exposed to COVID-19. What should I do?
We are so sorry that you have contracted COVID-19! Please get better. Your health is our number one priority. The best way to protect yourself and others is to stay home for 14 days if you think you've been exposed to someone who has COVID-19.
Do you have a Brooklyn location?
Unfortunately, not at this time! However, circumstances may change in a few months. If you haven't yet, Make the Promise on our website that you'll learn how to swim with us and stay updated with latest developments at BPWS, here.
What happens if it rains?
We will offer a make-up class on the final week of class.
Is the 5-week package, consecutive weeks or any 5 sessions included?
Great question! Our 5-week swim session is for 5 consecutive weeks, which ends on Wednesday, Sept. 1. We encourage all of our participants to take swim sessions once a week. Think of our classes as a 10 AM college course you're taking in the fall semester. Each week, participants will be taught a new skill and in order to pass the class you are registered for one must consistently attend classes.
Do you offer private lessons?
Yes, we offer private lessons for all ages for clients who have access to a pool. This can be at your home or a local gym facility that will allow us to offer you private lessons. Click here to get started.