37th Annual DAM Lake Berryessa Open Water Swim: USMS

DAMFast Meets

Saturday, June 1, 2019

Davis Aquatics Masters Meets

Open Water Registration


Registration Schedule

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Swimmer Registration Fri, Mar 1, 2019
12:00 AM
Wed, May 29, 2019
11:59 PM

This is the USMS/Adult Registration Page
USA Swimmers (youth) register here

DAM's Annual Lake Berryessa Swim is one of the longest running open water swim events in America. Started in 1981 as a friendly lake swim, this event now attracts over 500 swimmers each year to the shores of Lake Berryessa. The 2019 event includes the U.S. Masters Swimming Middle-Distance Open Water National Championship races.

Location: Steele Canyon Campground, Steele Canyon Road, Lake Berryessa, Napa, CA (map)

Course: 1-mile and 2-mile single loop in a freshwater lake

Host: Davis Aquatic Masters. Race Director: Stuart Kahn, berryessa@damfast.org. Meet Referee: Mary Kahn (USMS certified). Starter: Jeff Anderson (USAS certified)

Event website: DAM Lake Berryessa Swim
Facebook: fb-DAMLake Berryessa Swim

Sanction: The adult races are sanctioned by Pacific Masters Swimming for USMS, Inc. (Sanction #389-W002) 

Conditions/Safety: Expected water temperature is 65-70 degrees. Each course is patrolled by safety craft. Individual escorts are not allowed. All swimmers must wear the provided swim cap and follow all USMS Open Water rules. Mandatory safety briefings will be held at 8:50 a.m. and at 11:00 a.m. at the information kiosk. The Event Safety Plan will be posted at the registration desk on race day and is available prior to race day by request from berryessa@damfast.org.

Start: Deep water, wave starts (see below). Finish: Onshore.

Cutoff times: For 2 mile events, 2 hours after wave start  For 1 mile events, 1 hour after wave start. Safety craft will remove swimmers who fall short of the cutoff times.

Eligibility: This event is open to USMS registered swimmers or members of an equivalent organization (for foreign swimmers). To register for the event, you must provide proof of current membership. You may register for a USMS One-Day Event Membership (OEVT) during the online entry. OEVT swimmers will not be eligible to compete in the USMS Middle-Distance Open Water Nationals. 

Entries: Paper entry form is available here. Online entry is provided by Club Assistant software (you are here now!).

Entry Deadline: Online registration closes Wednesday, May 29, 2019 at 11:59 PM (Eastern time); paper entries must be received by Thursday, May 23, 2019. Race day registration available at a higher cost..

Fees include
  • Swim cap
  • Post Race Refreshments
  • Online Race Results
Regular (ends 5/29/2019)
$48.50 1-mile
$53.50 2-mile swim 
$73.50 Both swims

Race Day (6/1/2019)
$58.50 1-mile 
$63.50 2-mile swim 
$83.50 Both swims 

Entry fees are non-refundable and non-transferable.
Online entry is paid by credit card to "ClubAssistant.com Events".

Scoring Divisions: Divided by gender in five-year increments according to USMS Rules (18-24, 25-29, 30-34, etc.).

Awards: Awards will be given to the top ten male and female finishes in each designated USMS age group for the 2 mile races in Category 1. Awards will be given to the top three male and female finishers in each designated USMS age group for the 1 mile races in Category 2. Awards for the the Category 2 races will be presented to the top three male and female overall finishers, regardless of age. 

Check-in and Race Day registration open at 7:30 a.m. Participants in the USMS Middle-Distance Open Water Nationals will be required to show photo ID at registration during check-in.

Race Day registration close at:
 8:55 a.m. for USA-Swimming 2 mile
 9:05 a.m. for USMS, Category 1, 2-mile
 9:30 a.m. for USMS, Category 2, 2-mile
11:05 a.m. for USA-Swimming 1-mile
11:15 a.m. for USMS, Category 1, 1-mile 
11:35 a.m. for USMS, Category 2, 1-mile 

Anticipated Race Start Times:
  • 9:20 a.m. 2-mile Category 1 (Non-wetsuit & FINA approved textile suits) Men Ages 18-39
  • 9:25 a.m. 2-mile Category 1 Women Ages 18-39
  • 9:30 a.m. 2-mile Category 1 Men Ages 40-54
  • 9:35 a.m. 2-mile Category 1 Women Ages 40-54
  • 9:40 a.m. 2-mile Category 1 Men Ages 55+
  • 9:45 am.  2-mile Category 1 Women Ages 55+
  • 9:50 a.m. 2-mile Category 2 (Wetsuit & FINA non-approved suits) Women & Men
  • 11:40 a.m. 1-mile Category 1 Men Ages 18-39
  • 11:45 a.m. 1-mile Category 1 Women Ages 18-39
  • 11:50 a.m. 1-mile Category 1 Men Ages 40-54
  • 11:55 a.m. 1-mile Category 1 Women Ages 40-54
  • 12:00 p.m. 1-mile Category 1 Men Ages 55+
  • 12:05 p.m. 1-mile Category 1 Women Ages 55+
  • 12:10 p.m. 1-mile Category 2 (Wetsuit & FINA non-approved suits) Women & Men

Other Event Details:

  • Commemorative t-shirts advance sales are closed.  Limited quantities of commemorative t-shirts will be available for purchase at the event.
  • Lodging: Basic campsites (no running water or electricity) are available at Steele Canyon Campground. Call 1-877-386-4383 for reservations. Full hookup camping sites are available at Pleasure Cove Marina (http://goberryessa.com, click on “Forever Resorts Marinas”). Nearest hotels are in Napa, Vacaville, or Fairfield.
DAM is a 501(c)(3) organization that supports local swimming related organizations and swimmers with donations and scholarships. All proceeds support the DAM mission.

Note: If paying by credit card, your credit card statement will reflect a charge from "ClubAssistant.com Events."

Online Registration closed on 5/29/2019.
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