DAM Frequently Asked Questions

Note: Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, all of the items below marked with a red * are on hold.

Why swim with Davis Aquatic Masters?

  • Swimming is great exercise
  • Our heated pools are available year-round
  • Swimming with others of your ability is fun 
  • DAM offers nine daily workouts.

What's the membership of DAM like?
DAM has over 500 adult swimmers, most of whom swim for fitness, the friendly social atmosphere and for rehab from injuries. From students to retirees, the ages range from 18-95.

I'm not a very fast swimmer, can't swim all the strokes, and am not sure I can finish an hour workout; how good a swimmer must I be to join?
DAM welcomes swimmers of all abilities ­ we have all abilities ­from ex-college swimmers to novice swimmers. If you can swim freestyle with sideways breathing for 4 lengths of the pool, our coaching staff can help you improve your skills and endurance. You don't need to be able to swim all the strokes to join! Don't be afraid to ask for help. Workouts are adjusted to take into account each swimmer's ability level. *We offer a special workout where seniors have priority at 10 am Monday to Friday.

What are the workouts like? How many yards per workout?
Each workout runs for an hour (don't worry if you can't finish the whole hour initially). The coach gives the sets, which vary in distance per lane. The faster lanes generally cover slightly over 3,000 yards per workout, with slower lanes about a third of that distance. Space permitting, you may enter a workout late. The lanes are limited to a maximum of 5 swimmers of similar ability per lane to avoid overcrowding.

What are the rules for swimming in a lane with other swimmers?
Read about lane awareness and pool etiquette.*

When are workouts available?
We hold 9 practices each weekday:*

  • Civic Pool: 6AM, 7AM, 10AM, 11AM, 12PM, 1PM, 6:15PM, 7:15PM(*).
  • Arroyo Pool: 6AM

On weekends, we hold 3 practices and 2 lap swim sessions at Civic Pool.*

  • Practices: Saturday 7:00AM, 8:00AM and 9:00 AM
  • Lap Swim Sessions: Saturday & Sunday 10AM-1PM.

See the daily workout schedule.

(*)During the winter months, the Friday 7:15PM workout is not held. This and other schedule changes can be found on the calendar.

Where do I find you?
Civic Center pool is at the corner of Russell Blvd. and B St. behind the Davis City Hall. (Russell Blvd. becomes 5th St. on the other side East side of B St.) Community Pool is across the walkway from the tennis courts at the far end of the high school parking lot off of 14th and B Streets. Arroyo Pool is on Shasta Drive, West of 113 off of Covell Blvd.

What's the water temperature?
It is usually a comfortable 80 degrees.

Are locker rooms and hot showers available?*
Yes, adjacent to the pool. At Community Pool, there are dressing rooms rather than locker space.

I'm not in the best of shape now, and don't look so great in a swimsuit. Do I have to wear a racing swim suit?
Any swimsuit will do. And with over 30 swimmers in an average workout, all body types are represented! People aren't focused on your looks as much as you might be. Just hop in and get some exercise! If you put if off, you might never get going.

Are there races?*
DAM hosts three races, which provides the opportunity for members to volunteer and compete. DAM's Lake Berryessa Open Water Swim is held on the first Saturday of June each year. In August, DAM hosts a one day long course swim meet at Schaal pool. In November, DAM sponsors the Brute Squad Postal Swim. Other pool races and competitive events are offered almost every month in our region. Competition is optional and fun to try.

Can I try a few trial swims before I sign up? 
Prospective DAM members may participate in one coached workouts for free. If you would like to take advantage of this trial, you must first complete the USMS Guest Membership Application. Please bring the completed application to your first workout. Goggles and suits are necessary, swim caps are optional.

What does it cost?
The monthly dues are $58 for regular membership and $53 for Senior members (those over 65). All new members are required to sign up for the direct deposit system. You must also join Pacific Masters Swimming for $56 for the current year. (We require this so that DAM has liability insurance). Those who are interested can check out DAM by swimming a couple of workouts for free. Ask about the free swims at the pool. Visiting Davis? Drop in at a DAM workout. Guest fee is only $10 per swim or $20/week.

Does DAM have social events OUTSIDE of the pool?*
You'll meet members in the pool, but you'll meet more at DAM social events - both formal and informal.  DAM sponsors a number of parties each year ­ - a one hour swim celebration in the spring, summer picnic & BBQ, annual meeting and holiday party in early December.  Check the DAM calendar or weekly DAM member email for more information.

Where can I get more information?
Call (530) 757-7946, email us, stop by the pool at one of the workout times or continue to visit the web site at http://damfast.org.