Membership Information

Are you interested in Joining the Aquahawks?

Who can join?
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 Aquahawks offer?
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 levels.

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 today.

Our practices are dictated by skill and age levels. New and younger swimmers start out in groups offering practices 4-5 days per week, and some of our older and more experiences swimmers attend practices six days a week.

Where are practices offered?
The Lawrence Indoor Aquatic Center is 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.

During the summer, many groups practice at the City of Lawrence Outdoor Aquatic Center. 

How do I join?
You can contact us via email or phone. We regularly hold office hours to assist you with any questions. Please call Andrew Schmidt at (785) 218-4752 and we will be happy to help you get started.

New Swimmer Registration Form

Why Swim?
The USA Swimming is an Age Group Swimming program is America’s largest program of guided fitness activity for children. Age group swimming builds a strong foundation for a lifetime of good health by teaching healthy fitness habits.

Physical Development
Swimming is considered the ideal activity for developing muscular and skeletal growth by many physicians and pediatricians. Why do doctors like it so much?

Swimming develops high quality aerobic endurance, the most important key to physical fitness. In other sports an hour of practice may yield as little as 10 minutes of meaningful exercise. Age group swimming teams use every precious minute of practice time developing fitness and teaching skills.

Swimming does a better job in proportional muscular development by using all the body’s major muscle groups. No other sport does this as well.

Swimming enhances children’s natural flexibility (at a time when they ordinarily begin to lose it) by exercising all of their major joints through a full range of motion.

Swimming helps develop superior coordination because it requires combinations of complex movements of all parts of the body, enhancing harmonious muscle function, grace, and fluidity of movement.

Swimming is the most injury-free of all children’s sports.

Swimming is a sport that will bring kids fitness and enjoyment for life. Participants in Master’s Swimming programs are still training and racing well into their 80’s.


Intellectual Competence
In addition to physical development, children can develop greater intellectual competence by participating in a guided program of physical activity. Learning and using swimming skills engages the thinking processes. As they learn new techniques, children must develop and plan movement sequences. They improve by exploring new ideas. They learn that greater progress results from using their creative talents. Self-expression can be just as much physical as intellectual. Finally their accomplishments in learning and using new skills contribute to a stronger self image.