Frequently Asked Questions

About BPWS

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.

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?

We're always looking for certified instructors. To apply:

  1. Click here to go to our instructor directory
  2. Click "add entry"
  3. Email your resume and certifications to

I am based outside of New York. Should I sign up for swim lessons?

We are only offering swim lessons to those in the Greater New York area. In the meantime, sign up for email updates to be notified when we come to your city!

How can I support the BPWS mission and purpose?

There are a number of ways you can support us!

  1. Join the #SwimFam by following us on our social media platforms and signing up for our newsletter at the bottom of the homepage.
  2. Make the promise — Pledge your commitment to learning how to swim.
  3. Crowdfunding — You can donate to our crowdfunding campaign by clicking here.

Swim Classes

Where are you offering classes?

We have officially launched our 5-week swim program on Friday, July 30 and ends on Wednesday, Sept. 1 in Hempstead, Long Island at an outdoor, private pool. The location will be shared with clients once classes are booked via confirmation email. We are currently offering classes on Wednesdays and Fridays from 4 PM to 7 PM and Saturdays from 8 AM to 1 PM.

What age groups do you teach?

We teach all age groups and have certified instructors available for students with intellectual disabilities as well.

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?

We do not offer refunds at the moment. Only credits.

When will classes start?

We have launched our first 5-week swim program on Friday, July 30 to Wednesday, September 1. Classes are on Wednesdays and Fridays from 4 to 7 PM and Saturdays from 8 AM to 1 PM.

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

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. Due to our no-refund policy, we can only issue a credit or make-up class to be redeemed at a later date, which will be marked in our system.

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. If you are unable to attend a class, please be sure to inform us about a make-up class by emailing us here.

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.

Booking Classes

How can I schedule my classes?

Here's a video tutorial on how to schedule the rest of your classes in your package! Watch this video tutorial below on how to book your classes. This video is AFTER YOU'VE ALREADY PURCHASED YOUR class.

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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.