Practices will be held (cold, rain, wind, etc) unless you are otherwise notified. See "When Do We Cancel Practice?" listed below.
Please be sure you are signed up to receive text messages and check messages and emails often. See "Communication" for more details.
Have your swimmer(s) arrive ready to swim! Always have swimmer(s) come prepared with sneakers and sweats. If swimmers cannot get in the pool due to the weather conditions they will do "dry-land" exercises. Dry-land exercises help build muscle, core strength, learn the correct biomechanics and improve their swimming skills.
Practice Schedule 2022
For the Afternoon practices, attend whichever practice works best for your family.
For the Morning practices, 5-12 year-olds may attend either of the two practices that work best for your family.
All practices are M-F.
May 16 - 27:
- 4:00 pm - 4:45 pm (all ages)
- 5:00 pm - 5:45 pm (all ages)
May 31 - July 15: (No practice July 4, 5, 11 or 12)
- 6:30 am - 7:25 am (13-18 year-olds or by invitation of the Coach.)
- 7:30 am - 8:25 am (5-12 year-olds)
- 8:30 am - 9:25 am (5-12 year-olds)
DQ Clinics (previously known as Stroke & Turn night)
8:00pm - 8:45pm Wednesdays
- June 8: 8-12 year olds
- June 15: TEENS ONLY (13+)
- June 22: 8-12 year olds
- July 6: TEENS ONLY (13+)
- July 13: 8-12 year olds
July 18 - July 22:
- 8:00 am - 9:00 am (ALL-STARS ONLY - time may change)
When Do We Cancel Practice?
TEMP: Generally, as long as the temperature is above 50 degrees we will have practice.
RAIN: As long as there is no lightning we will have practice.
LIGHTNING: The pool is cleared when lightning is 8 miles away or closer. The deck is cleared when lightning is 3 miles away. Swimming can resume once lightning has moved more than 8 miles away for a consecutive 15 minutes. Generally speaking, if it looks like lightning is going to be a problem, that's when we cancel practice.
Download the "WeatherBug" app to your mobile to keep an eye on the lightning status.
Practice Equipment for 2022
The team provides kickboards and pull buoys for practices and there should be plenty for each practice. If you are not comfortable with your swimmer using communal property, please have them bring their own. If you have any questions, Coach Emilie at [email protected].
KICKBOARDS: ALL swimmers will need a kickboard for practices. We have kickboards for practice but if you are not comfortable with your swimmer using a communal kickboard please have them bring their own. Swim N’ Things carries a number of kickboards and have added some options to our Team Page.
PULL BUOYS: (leg buoys) Swimmers aged 11-18 will need pull buoys. We have pull buoys for practice but if you are not comfortable with your swimmer using communal pull buoys, please have them bring their own. Swim N’ Things carries a number of options and have added a few to our Team Page.
MESH BAGS: (optional) Mesh bags are a handy way to keep your swim gear together. This is completely optional but I am listing it as something to consider. Again, Swim N’ Things has some options but also feel free to look around.
If you purchase any of these items online through Swim N’ Things, use code TEAM22 at checkout to get 15% off regular priced items. If you purchase in the store, tell them you are with Dam West.