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3/20

How much swim-specific fitness can you expect to lose if your pool is closed by the coronavirus?  by Paul Newsome, Australian Swim Coach, and Owner and Creator of Swim Smooth. He shares the encouraging data through and out of his journey in a recent prolonged illness. 
3/23

Ever get the feeling that non-swimmers don't really understand the difference between people-who-swim and swimmers? Check out this hilarious video from Josh Pray titled "Swimming is the Vibranium of Sports" More...
3/25

Haven't developed a plan yet? Stay connected to your DAM community, fitness and mental health during this time away from the pool by diving deeper into social media. Check out this USMS article from masters coach, Scott Bay. More...
3/27

How to Stay Motivated When You Can't Swim. Your pool may be closed and your meet may be canceled, but that doesn’t mean your motivation and your fitness have to shut down. More...
4/1

Good news! There was a very quick response to our DAM connection event on Zoom and we're ready to start organizing. As the opportunity unfolds and word gets out that you can actually visit your friends, we expect even more members to enroll. Here is the initial list of swimmers who've agreed to share their email addresses with our team members. They are listed alphabetically by first name (making easiest to find your friends, some of whom, apparently, don't need last names) as well as when they practice and their assigned swim lanes. All of the indicated times are for Civic, except for the 6am at Arroyo which are listed as...Arroyo. After finding the name(s) of folks with whom you'd like to connect, email Stu (kahnswim@gmail.com) or Mary (mjoyswim@gmail.com) again and request individual contact information for those specific members. At that time, you will be sent their email address and then can begin to Zoom.
If you're having technical difficulties, these DAM members have volunteered to help with your Zoom connections -
  • Scott Allison: allisco@gmail.com
  • Diane Barrett: dianebarrett3@gmail.com
  • Curt Finley: cmfinley@ucdavis.edu
  • Byron Philleo: byronphilleo@sbcglobal.net
4/4

There continues to be strong interest to our DAM connection event on Zoom and we've begun to see member connections increase. Here is the updated and current list of swimmers who've agreed to share their email addresses with our team members. They are listed alphabetically by first name (making easiest to find your friends, some of whom, apparently, don't need last names) as well as when they practice and their assigned swim lanes. All of the indicated times are for Civic, except for the 6am at Arroyo which is still listed as...Arroyo.

After finding the name(s) of folks with whom you'd like to connect, email Stu (kahnswim@gmail.com) or Mary (mjoyswim@gmail.com) again and request individual contact information for those specific members. At that time, you will be sent their email address and phone then can begin to Zoom. 

The first step is to create a meeting on your end and then invite them to your meeting.You can start a meeting right away or you can schedule one for a later time (left image below-click to expand).
You can invite people either by email or text (right image below-click to expand). If you "Copy to Clipboard," you can paste the meeting link in a text or email manually.  

After they accept and reply to your invitation then they will be listed as participants. For more help, go to the "Getting Started" and "Video Training Session" sections on damfast.org. Or contact any of these fellow DAM members who have volunteered to help with your Zoom connections:
Scott Allison   allisco@gmail.com
Diane Barrett  dianebarrett3@gmail.com
Curt Finley    cmfinley@ucdavis.edu
Byron Philleo   byronphilleo@sbcglobal.net  
4/6-16

DAM Zoom groups are off and running! On Sunday morning, the 6 AM-er group met for 40 min and chatted and shared experiences. Remember, these sessions are for you to stay connected to your DAM friends and community. You can use these sessions in any way you see fit. 


Left to right. Top row: Byron Philleo, Gregg Recanzone, Julie Langston. Middle row: Jenny Mohn, Tom Brown, Beth Bourne and Michael Brown. Bottom: Scott Allison. Click to expand.

Here is the updated and current list of swimmers who've agreed to share their email addresses with our team members. They are listed alphabetically by first name (making easiest to find your friends, some of whom, apparently, don't need last names) as well as when they practice and their assigned swim lanes. All of the indicated times are for Civic, except for the 6am at Arroyo which is still listed as...Arroyo.
4/30

Shelter in Place orders notwithstanding, Kim Elsbach has forwarded some online meet results to publish. Nine DAM women participated in the 2020 Miracle Mile -- Postal Mile to Cure Lung Cancer. Congrats to all!

Kim (Chair of USMS Open Water Committee), also presents news that the Open Water Committee is sponsoring a virtual open water swim series for this summer. If people find safe places to swim in open water, they can participate via GPS tracking. The info is here: Club Assistant Event Info

Did you know there are nearly 40 couples on DAM? Here's the first of their check-in videos with more to come.