interested in Joining the Aquahawks?
Our membership is open to anyone with water-safe
skills. Our coaches and staff prefer new swimmers to be able to
complete 25 yards of front crawl and backstroke before joining the
team. We offer a variety of groups depending on age, skill level
and commitment. Whether a swimmer wants to compete or simply have
an outlet for fitness, we have a program for you.
What can the
Our trained staff teaches proficiency in the four competitive
strokes (freestyle, backstroke, butterfly and breaststroke).
Depending on age and skill level, our program is tailored to
enhance physical and mental fitness with a varying number of
practice sessions each week.
If you want to show off your skills in the pool, we attend and
host a large number of competitions from novice to national
When can I
join, and how often are practices?
The Aquahawks hold new swimmer clinics several
times a year. Most of our new swimmers start there. Our clinics are
held in September, January, April and June. However, our enrollment
is open year-round. If you are an experienced swim team member and
have recently moved to the Lawrence area, you can jump in the water
Our practices are dictated by
skill and age levels. New and younger swimmers start out at two
days per week, and some of our older and more experiences swimmers
attend practices six days a week.
The Lawrence Indoor Aquatic Center is one of our main practice
facilities, as well as the venue for our hosted meets. Adjacent to
Free State High School, the LIAC is one of the fastest 50 meter by
25 yard pools around.
Older swimmers attend practices at
Haskell Indian Nations University. Their 6 lane, 25 meter facility
is an excellent site for coaching and training. During the
summer, many swimmers practice at the City of Lawrence Outdoor
How do I
You can contact us via email or phone. We regularly hold
office hours to assist you with any questions. Please call Andrew Schmidt at (413)
575-4501 and we will be happy to help you get
Swimmer Registration Form
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