Important Updates on Re-Organizing DAM Swim Program

April 12:

DAM Phase 3 began today. So far, the new swim program is great. The day was filled with inspirational moments as Civic and Arroyo teemed with DAM swimmers. Energy and excitement filled the air, as members reunited with swim buddies, circle swam once again and otherwise had the closest thing to a real workout in over a year. Let's see how the Tuesday swimmers do tomorrow.

Special THANKS to Dave Woodruff, Dan Sperka and Scott Allison for combining their skills, smarts and support of the club to make it all happen.
And good job to all eight Civic practices for getting off the pool deck before the hour.

April 9:

Reminders of New Swim Procedures

  • When not in the water and 6 ft distancing cannot be maintained, you must wear a face mask.
  • Doors to facilities will open at exactly the start of practices according to the digital pace clocks on deck. Swimmers proceed directly to their assigned changing stations and may enter the pool as quickly as possible.  
  • See images below for station locations at Civic. Arroyo swimmers should use an area of the pool deck closest to their assigned swim location.
  • Each practice begins with 5:00 minutes of continuous freestyle swimming and then announcements will be made.  
  • Practice ends before the hour is up so each swimmer has time to exit the water, change clothes and leave the pool deck by the exactly the start of the next practice.
  • Locker rooms will remain open but showers and actual locker use is not available.
  • Swimmers must arrive and depart in their swimsuits. No deck changing allowed. Exit after practice at Civic will be through the main gate across the brick pavers. At Arroyo, entrance and exit will be through the main gate.
Station Locations at Civic pool
civicStations.jpg In-Water swim locations at Civic
(at Arroyo the 'a and b' swimmers are at the starting block end, while the 'c and 'd swimmers are at the diving board side.
It's OK to switch positions in the pool whenever needed, i.e., 'b to a' and 'a to b', but not on the pool deck. Keep your assigned deck station.
  Hand Signals for Opposite End Communication
Try to start all sets on either the 60 or 30 mark. Make sure everyone in the lane knows the interval and number of repeats. Consult the Interval Sheet for confirmation.

Interval Sheet for Sendoffs
link to Postal Pace chart

Hourly Postal Pace Interval by Lane (at Civic)
This whiteboard is hung on a pillar outside the entry doors to the Brady Bldg and is updated before the start of each hourly practice. It will be posted for at least the first two weeks of the new swim schedule.

April 6:

Assignments have been sent. Please keep the following in mind:

  • Arrive on time for your workout
  • When swimmers from the previous workout have exited the facility, you may enter and proceed to your station. 
  • Enter your lane when there is sufficient room between swimmers already swimming.
  • Swim circles in warmup until the coach on deck calls the start of the workout. 
  • You must exit the facility before the end of your workout period. Swimmers in the next workout may not enter the facility until all swimmers have exited! Be considerate!  

The start of our 4/L swim format will be Monday, April 12. All participating swimmers were sent their assignments on Tues April 6 and have a almost a week to rearrange their person lives to accomodate the new swim schedule!

We ask the team's patience with this process. The scheduling of our swimmers in the 4/L format has been difficult. Stu and Mary are working hard to place swimmers into open workout slots. This process is made harder because the swimmers must also be placed into lanes with a comparable postal pace. [Side note: This would be A LOT HARDER without two dedicated coaches that know their swimmers well!]

After we start the new schedule, and after our members have had a week or two to get used to the new format, we will begin taking new members from our waiting list.

So, look for your new assigned swim times and get ready for the new 4/L format on Monday, April 12!

April 5:

We are starting our 4/L swim format in one week, on Monday, April 12. 

Tomorrow we will be sending all swimmers their assigned swim times and days. We'll all have a full week to rearrange our personal lives to accommodate our new swim schedule! 

In addition to the swim schedule changes there is one other HUGE difference that everyone needs reminding of. Every practice is now 60 minutes in length and will have as many as 28 swimmers per session. As there isn't enough space on the Civic pool deck for 56 bodies at once, we're going to completely clear the pool deck at the end of each practice, before letting the next group enter. 

This means you should end your swim with enough time to exit the pool, dryoff, change clothes and leave through the gate to the brick patio by the end of your 60 minute session. If you're not sure how fast you can do this, use this week to gauge your efforts.

Remember, those of you who've been swimming 3x/week for 40 minutes are now stepping up to 3x 60 minutes. You may enjoy a little extra time getting out early.

After we start the new schedule, and after our members have had a week or two to get used to the new format, we will begin taking new members from our waiting list.

So, look for your new assigned swim times before 3pm tomorrow.

Get ready for the new 4/L format to start on Monday, April 12!

March 15:

As noted last week, on 2/26, the Yolo County Health Department now allows Davis swim groups to follow the California Guidance for Outdoor Recreational Sports

Those new protocols allow us to increase our weekly swim time from two hours per week to three hours by doubling the number of swimmers per lane from two to four. This new schedule won't begin earlier than March 22 and will most likely be in effect through mid-June. As they have already done twice, Stu and Mary have submitted a re-organizational swim plan to the DAM Board of Directors for approval. The Board is still considering the change and will decide in the next few days.

This is just an informational message; it is not the reservation request form.

If you missed it last week, watch this short video to see four swimmers do a set of 100's free.