Cascade strives to keep to our training as schedule throughout the year, but occasionally we must proceed with caution when there is a chance of inclement weather or other natural disturbances occurring during our practice times.  Weather forecasts will often vary site to site, with very different outlooks expected at each of our pools.  Coaches at all our sites stay vigilant before, during and after scheduled practices, keeping in mind at all times that safety comes first.  Practices at all locations will be held on days with challenging weather conditions; however, in the event of severe weather indications coaches do their best to determine as early as possible whether practices can continue or should be cancelled.

All notices and changes regarding practices are communicated via “Practice Schedule Update” emails and through our social media platforms if necessary.  Please do NOT contact a coach about the status of a practice before or during practice—always assume practice is ON until it is announced otherwise.  When in question, keep an eye on your email for any updates and please use good judgment with regard to road conditions and personal safety.  Safe travel is a consideration and always a priority.

In the event bad weather approaches during practice, our coaches will closely monitor the changing conditions and utilize local radar apps to track, taking safety precautions as needed including to clear the pool if necessary.  At pools with on-site facility staff and/or lifeguards on duty, coaches will cooperate and assist with all facility safety plans and protocols.

Practices interrupted by inclement weather may be cancelled or delayed to allow the weather to pass and conditions to settle.  Coaches will determine whether it is safe to continue training during delays with drylands or other exercises in a safe area or may decide to cancel practice for the day.

Weather in our region can often seem benign with drizzling wet winters and dry summers; however, the persistent clouds and rain that follow the lashing Pacific storm track during our October to March rainy season can provide a few unpredictable storms that may whip up just as fast as they blow past us.  Occasionally, we may be impacted by torrential squalls, heavy fog, dense forest fire smoke, sleet, freezing rain and snow.  Rest assured, our coaches are trained to stay alert and to always do what is best for the safety of our swimmers.