Outdoor Afro Making Waves
Learning to swim is a life-saving and nature embracing skill and Outdoor Afro is here to make sure every child and caregiver in our sphere of influence learns how. Research has consistently shown Black youth ages 5 to 19 drown in swimming pools at a rate more than five times that of white children. This public health disparity is due largely to decades of segregation and exclusion from public pools and beaches, and we’re working to reclaim our legacy of positive, inspiring experiences in the water.
Apply for a Swimmership Today!
A swimmership is an Outdoor Afro swim scholarship! Amounts will vary based on financial need as determined by the selection committee. Applications will be reviewed by a specially selected group of Outdoor Afro staff, volunteer leaders, and board members.
Outdoor Afro Making Waves is sponsored by The North Face, KEEN Footwear, and Clif Bar.
Frequently Asked Questions
A swimmership is an Outdoor Afro swim scholarship! Amounts will vary based on financial need as determined by the selection committee.
People of all ages are eligible for an Outdoor Afro Swimmership. The swimmership is only available in the United States of America.
Outdoor Afro staff will reach out to you. In most cases, we will pay for the class directly. Process will be determined on a case-by-case basis.
It may take up to 4 weeks to receive your swimmership benefit after you are awarded. We recommend to choose a swim program that will start 4-6 weeks after the end of the application period.
Yes. You will need to submit an application for each person.
- If you are selected to receive a swimmership, you will be contacted by Outdoor Afro. Outdoor Afro will not contact applicants who did not receive a swimmership.
- The selection process for each round is finalized one week prior to the close of applications.
No. An Outdoor Afro Swimmership is for new lessons only. We want to follow your journey!
All fields MUST be completed to receive consideration.