What is DASH?
Dubuque Area Swimmin' Hurricanes, aka DASH, is a non-profit educational corporation, whose primary focus is to provide a high quality, competitive swimming program for the youth of Dubuque and surrounding areas. Founded in 1991 to establish a year-round competitive swimming program in the greater Dubuque area we are a member of USA Swimming and affiliated with both Iowa Swimming, Inc. and USA Swimming. DASH trains its swimmers according to age, gender and ability with encouragement to compete in swim meets throughout the year. DASH is governed by a volunteer Board of Directors which are elected at a yearly meeting held in September.
DASH swimmers and coaching staff are members of USA Swimming which is the National Governing Body for the sport of swimming in the United States. USA Swimming is divided into 59 Local Swimming Committees (LSC’s), which administer USA Swimming activities in smaller geographical areas. Iowa Swimming Inc. is the LSC that serves as the governing body of USA Swimming for the State of Iowa.
USA and ISI Swimming
USA Swimming is a 300,000-member service organization that promotes the culture of swimming by creating opportunities for swimmers and coaches of all backgrounds to participate and advance in the sport through clubs, events and education. USA Swimming membership is comprised of swimmers from the age group level to the Olympic Team, as well as coaches and volunteers. USA Swimming is responsible for selecting and training teams for international competition including the Olympic Games and strives to serve the sport through its core objectives: Build the base, Promote the sport and Achieve competitive success. USA Swimming’s mission is to administer competitive swimming in accordance with the Amateur Sports Act by providing programs and services for members, supporters, affiliates and the interested public. As members of USA Swimming, each swimmer receives a membership card and has both liability and secondary medical insurance coverage. In addition, each household receives a copy of "Splash,” the official USA Swimming magazine. USA Swimming is the ruling body of sanctioned swimming meets in the United States. The meets are designed to protect the swimmer, provide fair and equitable conditions of competition and promote uniformity in the sport so that no swimmer shall obtain an unfair advantage over another. Its website is www.usa-swimming.org
USA Swimming is divided into 59 Local Swimming Committees (LSC’s), which administer USA Swimming activities in smaller geographical areas. Iowa Swimming Inc. is the LSC that serves as the governing body of USA Swimming for the State of Iowa, with the exception of the extreme western portion of the state. Iowa Swimming, Inc. consists of group members (swim clubs) who registered annually with ISI and USA Swimming. ISI is governed by a House of Delegates made up of representatives from each Group Member (swim club) in the LSC and a Board of Directors with officers elected by the House of Delegates who meet twice each year. Each swim club is represented at each meeting. In addition to serving as the local governing body for USA Swimming, ISI sanctions competitions, registers swimmers and clubs, trains and certifies officials, conducts championship meets, provides swimmer recognition and travel funds, publishes a newsletter, maintains records and generally promotes, encourages and supports competitive swimming at all levels in the state. Most directors, officers, delegates, club officials and meet officials serve Iowa Swimming, Inc. and USA Swimming on a volunteer basis and all persons interested in competitive swimming are encouraged to join their efforts in maintaining a strong program for swimmers in the state of Iowa.
The objective and primary purpose of ISI is the education, instruction and training of individuals to develop and improve their capabilities in the sport of swimming. ISI promotes swimming for the benefit of swimmers of all ages and abilities, in accordance with the standards, rules, regulations, policies and procedures of FINA, USA Swimming and ISI and its Articles of Incorporation. Its website is www.isiswim.com