Hempfield Aqua Club is a parent-run, year-round competitive swim club with over 100 members from the ages of 5 to 18.  The goal of our team is to provide every member an opportunity to improve swimming skills and achieve success at his or her level of ability.

The club offers three basic levels of swimming development- Beginner, Intermediate, & Advanced- to meet the needs of all types of active swimmers.  Each swimming level is offered a specific number of training hours at the pool per week.  All practices are held at Hempfield Area High School.  While it is not expected that each swimmer attend every session, swimmers benefit the most when they take advantage of the practices.

Good sportsmanship is required at all practices as well as competitions. By promoting these concepts of competitive swimming, the club will act as a feeder program for the Hempfield Middle School Swim Team and the Hempfield High School Varsity Swim Team.

**Note this is not a learn to swim program, but we will teach advanced strokes.  We will also further develop basic strokes, starts and turns.  Pool times are available for club participation most every weekday evening.  You choose the days you come, 1 day a week or every day, when the pool is available.

If you are interested in a learn to swim program, please contact Hempfield Parks & Recreation. Lessons are offered throughout the year.  Please visit Hempfield Parks & Rec Program Catalog.

The Hempfield Aqua Club (HAC) is a parent-run organization, any questions and all issues should be directed towards a HAC official.

Swimmer Responsibilities & Guidelines

It is the responsibility of the swimmer to be prepared and on the pool deck 5 minutes prior to their scheduled practice time.  No swimmer is permitted in the locker room once practice or a swim meet has begun.  Please do not store any personal items in the locker room.  HAC is not responsible for any lost or stolen items. 

It is the responsibility of the swimmer to return all equipment at the end of their practice, follow all Safety Rules and abide by our Code of Conduct.

Safety rules

  • No running on pool deck or in locker room
  • No diving in shallow end of the pool
  • No horseplay
  • No swimmer is permitted in spectator area during a swim meet
  • No swimmer is permitted in locker room during practice and swim meets

Code of Conduct

HAC supports WPIAL Sportsmanship guidelines and the importance of good sportsmanship at all athletic events.

We expect you to treat your fellow teammates, coaches and opposing teammates with respect.

  • No bullying
  • No theft
  • No vandalism
  • Abide by swimmer's etiquette

**Please adhere to the safety rules and Code of Conduct because any disrespectful behavior may result in suspension or expulsion from the team and Chestnut Ridge League.**

Parent/Family Responsibilities & Guidelines

  • Please do not leave your swimmer at the pool without first checking to make sure practice is in session and the schedule has not changed.
  • When school is cancelled, Aqua Club is cancelled.
  • Please review our website (Google search Hempfield Aqua Club) for any changes to our schedule. We will also distribute an email when issues or changes arise.
  • Due to Insurance Liability, no parent or family member is permitted on the pool deck during practice or dual meets unless they are a HAC official or parent/family volunteer.
  • It is the parent's responsibility to confirm their child is signed up for swim meets. Sign up at team unify website & adhere to all deadlines as no late entries will be accepted.
  • We would appreciate at least 48 hour notice if you need to cancel out of a meet. Please email us @ [email protected] to cancel.
  • A parent/family member is required to volunteer for at least 3 (subject to change and will be announced at start of season) dual meets during the swim season (FALL/WINTER and SUMMER). Volunteers will also be needed for the Championship meet.  If you fail to meet the season volunteer requirement, your account will be charged $150.
  • The concession stand helps raise money for the club. To be successful, we ask every family to donate food, money, or drinks at each home meet. Volunteers will also be needed to help run the concession stand.
  • We encourage parents and family members to help enforce and lead by example with good sportsmanship.
  • All decisions regarding which events your child will swim at the meets are based on coach's assessment.
  • If you have concerns about your child, please address them with an officer who will then set up a time for you to speak with a coach.  Coaches are very busy during practice times and will not be able to meet with parents to discuss progress unless a brief meeting is scheduled with an officer.  As always, please email concerns if an officer is not present at the time of concern.
  • HAC complies with indoor capacity limits for the pool and mask policy as per Hempfield Area School District.  Parents must be active managers of their children and ensure they understand and respect the safety of others at all times.  Parents are always responsible for the actions of their children. (When Covid protocol is enforced, HAC will not provide masks to members. Members without masks will be asked to leave. Swimmers should have their mask, in a plastic bag with their name on it, to be worn while on deck and not swimming.)

Dual Swim Meet

  HAC is not permitted to start a swim meet until all positions are filled.

  • 3 timers
  • 1 backup timer (home meet)
  • 1 meet announcer (home meet)
  • 3 writers
  • 2 stroke judges
  • 1 scorekeeper
  • 1 runner (home meet)
  • 1 stroke judge runner (home meet)
  • 3 place judges
  • 3 concession stand helpers (home meet)
  • 1 50/50 helper (home meet)
  • Daktronics computer support (home meet)

Winter Championship:   To qualify for Winter Championship, you must swim at least 6 meets during the fall and winter session.  If you swim only winter session, you must swim 4 meets. (Dual meets = 1 meet requirement, Tri meets = 2 meet requirement)

Summer Championship:   To qualify for Summer Championship, you must swim at least (to be determined) dual meets during the summer session.  (Dual meets =  1 meet requirement, Tri meets = 2 meet requirement)

** Guidelines for Championship are based on Chestnut Ridge rules and are subject to change**


Fall session: September - December (includes $20 insurance fee and may include $50 fundraiser fee)

Winter session: January - March (may include $50 fundraiser fee)

Summer session: April - July (may include $50 fundraiser fee)

**Specific dates will be posted on our website www.hempfieldaquaclub.com **

Refund policy:  There is a 12 day grace period from the date of registration for a full refund.  Refunds will be given if the child decides to withdraw from HAC within the first five (5) practices, but not after two weeks even if five practices have not been attended.  Fundraising money will not be refunded. 

* A $25.00 Late Charge will be assessed for any registration not paid within two weeks.  

**Registration Fee is subject to change**

HAC Dues and Fundraising

Your dues, fundraising, and money collected from the concession stand pays for the following:

  • Insurance
  • Maintenance of pool
  • Coaches payroll and background check
  • Swim equipment and administration supplies
  • Dual meets and concession stand
  • Championship: Entry fee and gifts
  • Holiday swim party
  • Banquet: facility, dinner, awards, and prizes for swimmers and coaches. HAC scholarship, etc...
  • Unforeseen circumstances (off-site pool rental, etc.)

President: Jill Sweeney

Vice President: Liz Dusack

Meet Coordinator: Sara White

Treasurer: Angela Sullivan

Communication: Heather Whirlow

Email: [email protected]

Website: Hempfieldaquaclub.com

Officer Elections

A HAC official holds a two year term/commitment. New officer elections are held in the spring of the second term with the new officer's announced at our year end banquet.  To be nominated, your child must swim all 3 sessions and you are willing to commit the time and effort necessary to make our club a success. 

I have read the Hempfield Aqua Club handbook and Swimmer's Etiquette guide. I agree to the rules and guidelines set forth. 

"Swimming is a Sport; everything else is just a game".                            

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