Children & Adults Taught Since 2007!

RAPS 2016 State of the Union address:
262 new students – sad part is that number only represents 56.6% of those that signed up.
10 returnee students
20 bathing suits given away
10 Awesome instructors
2 REALLY AWESOME instructor aides
2 really COOL lifeguards
3 Students came all the way from Yorktown this summer.
Many ducks that make us smile even though they mess up the pool. 🙂
1 WONDERFUL Timberlake Community Association that donates pool time to us.
Thank you all!!!!! We couldn’t do it without your support!

Thank you for a great 2016 season!  Please spread the word about our program.  We will begin registration for 2017 in February but we are adding to the waiting list now.

RAPS™ swim program offers American Red Cross swim lessons and organized play to minority and disadvantaged children between the ages of 5 - 18.

What is RAPS?

RAPS Mission Statement

The purpose of the Really Awesome People Swimming program is to provide swim lessons to as many minorities as possible in order to keep them safe while in, on, or around the water, which in turn, will help lower the drowning rates among minorities. This includes teaching swimming and safety skills, along with building swimmers confidence to those who participate in the RAPS program free of charge. It is also the mission of the RAPS program to educate the general public as to high rate of drowning among minorities and make the change where no child is left out of learning to swim due to race, economic levels, or lack of pool facilities.

At RAPS, “CAN’T” is a cuss word!

The Center for Disease Control (CDC) lists drowning as the second leading cause of death in children aged 1 - 14. All children should have the opportunity to learn how to swim no matter of their socioeconomic status.


Thank you to our Supporters

It takes a lot of help from volunteers and community partners to keep the Really Awesome People Swimming Program successfully teaching minority children from all over Hampton Roads how to swim. We are extremely grateful for all of our volunteers, sponsors and community partners.

Lynnhaven United Methodist Church

Two Anonymous Angels

Mark & Ellen Manion