Aquatic Club of the West Shore

Purpose and Mission

  • To sponsor and promote amateur competitive swimming in the best interest of the youth.
  • To develop good citizenship, sportsmanship, socialization, enthusiasm for the sport, and personal responsibility among all team members.
  • To promote and maintain the highest level of physical fitness, team spirit, ethics, growth, and enjoyment of sports.

A Commitment to Excellence

While some individuals may have a talent for swimming, it is fair to say that great athletes are not born. It takes discipline and commitment, along with skilled instruction in a positive atmosphere. At ACWS, each individual is encouraged to move along in a continuum of skill and development focusing on drills for maximum stroke efficiency and improved performance.

ACWS coaches are fully committed to each athlete’s overall development as a competitive swimmer. Technique instruction and practices focus on enhancing the talents that each athlete inherently brings to the sport of swimming.

ACWS commits to providing competition instruction, training in a life-long sport, and a positive team-building environment for swimmers.






Club History
Since 1998, the West Shore Waves swim team has been providing local youth from the West Shore of Harrisburg and the surrounding area an opportunity to participate in a competitive aquatics program.  The Waves is a nonprofit, parent-led organization that sponsors and promotes amateur competitive swimming. We develop good citizenship and sportsmanship, socialization, enthusiasm, and responsibility.  We also promote and maintain the highest level of fitness, spirit, ethics, growth, and fun. In addition, we encourage swimming as a lifetime sport.  
Athletes range in age from 5 to 18 years, the majority of whom are residents of the West Shore School District.  Red Cross level 3 swimming ability is advised for the swim team.

ACWS participates in local swim leagues for dual meet competition – the Capital Area Swim League (CASL) and the Central PA Aquatic League (CPAL).  Opportunities also exist to compete in local, regional, and national invitational meets through our affiliation with USA Swimming.  The organization is overseen by a Board of Directors and supported by a parent organization in which all parents of registered athletes are members.
West Shore Natatorium
Red Land High School
560 Fishing Creek Road
Lewisberry, PA 17339
Mailing Address
PO Box 235
New Cumberland, PA , PA 17070