Policies & Procedures Weekly Focus

As a reminder, throughout the summer and fall of 2019 we will be highlighting DAM's Policies & Procedures. As always, your basic coaching questions can be directed to Stu. HOWEVER, please direct any and all P&P concerns, questions related to their implementation, why they are in place, or any concerns related to their foundational reasoning directly to the Board of Directors. This can be done by emailing president@damfast.org or by using our new online form.

Most of the policies highlighted in July and August are from section 5.8: Responsibilities of DAM Members


August 19, 2019

5.8.3.2. During fire season or in any other situation in which the air quality is deemed unhealthy, workouts will be cancelled when the AQI (Air Quality Index) exceeds 150 ppm. The AQI is measured by the Sacramento Metropolitan Air Quality Management District and broadcast through a Spare the Air alert. In addition, City of Davis officials can mandate that air quality is unhealthy and require cancellation of outdoor activities that occur on city property or at city facilities.

10. Senior Program. Senior members of DAM (65 years of age or older) shall have the highest priority to participate in four reserved lanes at the 10:00 A.M. practice each weekday. The remaining swimmers at 10:00 A.M. shall be accommodated on a space-available basis in the other four lanes.


August 12, 2019

5.8.5.3. Swimmers are welcome to invite other swimmers to DAM workouts. Swimmers must inform non-members that DAM offers a 2 week trial, during which time the non-member can attend 3 workouts. The non-member must complete and provide the DAM Guest Membership application, available at the DAM website (www.damfast.org). One-time, free swims are not allowed.

5.8.5.4. Swimmers are asked to communicate and agree on a leader for the workout. The leader can switch off to other swimmers during the workout. The leader is asked to communicate with other swimmers in the lane regarding intervals, repeats, and any possible adjustments to the set.


August 5, 2019

5.8.3.5 In the event that a minimum number of swimmers are not in attendance at a workout, the workout will be cancelled. The minimum number of required swimmers at any coached workout is eight (8).

5.8.3.8. Swim equipment (fins, kick boards, buoys, hand paddles) are frequently used during a workout. The swimmer is responsible for using all equipment in a manner that is safe for him/herself and other swimmers present. Due to safety concerns and the cooperative nature of sharing lanes, using headphones during a workout is not allowed.


July 29, 2019

5.8.3.3. Swimmers arriving at a workout after the first set has begun must announce their arrival and intent to swim to the other swimmers currently in the lane. To do this, the swimmer stands in the water to the left corner of the lane until all the swimmers have passed by once and presumably noticed the presence of an additional swimmer.

5.8.3.4. To assure the safety of all swimmers in a lane, the maximum number of swimmers per lane is 5. The coach may authorize more than 5 swimmers dependent on circumstances. Swimmers are not allowed to switch lanes after a workout has begun without notifying and receiving approval from the coach.


July 22, 2019

5.8.2. [DAM members must] Behave in an appropriate manner at all workouts as directed by the coach, assistant coach or lifeguard. 

5.8.3.7. Unattended children at DAM activities. Unattended children under the age of 16 are NOT ALLOWED inside the gate at any Davis Aquatic Masters workouts, events, or any other functions. This policy includes the Brady Building, the locker rooms, and any area inside the gate of any pool facility in use by Davis Aquatic Masters including but not limited to Civic Center Pool, Manor Pool, Community Pool, Arroyo Pool, and Schaal Pool. Children under the age of 16 must be accompanied by and supervised by an adult at all times. The adult must be physically with the child, and supervising them, and not participating in a swim session or in the locker room. This policy includes all DAM swim workout and lap swim sessions. This policy applies to any pool in use by Davis Aquatic Masters