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 in groups
offering practices 4-5 days per week, and some of our older and
more experiences swimmers attend practices six days a
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
During the summer, many groups
practice at the City of Lawrence Outdoor Aquatic
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 (785)
218-4752 and we will be happy to help you get
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
Swimming is considered the ideal
activity for developing muscular and skeletal growth by many
physicians and pediatricians. Why do doctors like it so
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
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
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.
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
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