Your Child Can Enjoy Swimming Year-Round! Join DHARA’s Winter Swim Program

DHARA’s Winter Swim Program offers weekly instructional and developmental sessions designed to keep kids in the water during the winter months. All DHARA member children, ages 4 and older are welcome. Participants must be comfortable in the water, are able to swim with their face in the water and have some knowledge of basic freestyle stroke and breathing mechanics.

DHARA’s team of experienced, dedicated instructors emphasize fundamental skills and stroke development instruction for all swimmers as well as improving the skills required for competitive and recreational lap swimming including starts, strokes, and turns.

Sessions are held Sunday evenings at Washington-Lee High School pool beginning October 21, 2018 through May 5, 2019.

View an informational flyer with session details/costs – also view the calendar.

Register NOW for Winter Swim (deadline Oct. 21)

Additional questions? Email Lindsay Cronin, Winter Swim Coordinator, at

Movie Night Moved to 8/25

Join us this coming Saturday, Aug. 25, on the DH lawn to watch The Greatest Showman. … a wonderful story about overcoming circumstances and accepting all types of people. The movie will start at 7:30pm. 

Snacks and drinks will be available. And feel free to bring blankets, pillows, and comfy chairs.

We look forward to seeing everyone there!

Family Campout – Canceled

Due to weather, the campout is canceled. Join the next one on Sept. 15!

Join the 27th Annual Family Campout
  • Saturday, July 21, from 7 p.m. through 9 a.m. Sunday morning
  • $5.00 per camper; sign up at the DHARA front desk
  • Deadline for sign-up: noon on Saturday, July 21
More details
  • Open to all members and guests
  • Bring your own tents at no charge, sleeping bags/blankets/air mattresses, marshmallow roasting sticks, bug spray and other camping gear.
  • Tents may be set-up anytime Saturday afternoon on the old Indian campgrounds on the back lawn near and across from the Spring stream.
  • Locker rooms will stay open all night along with some lights.
  • Saturday evening activities: campfire, marshmallow roasting (s’mores!), and maybe stories, songs and games; treats and drinks provided by DHARA.
  • The pool will be open to campers until 9 P.M. Saturday night and again on Sunday morning from after breakfast from 8 until 10 am.
  • Sunday morning activities: cookout breakfast (parent volunteers appreciated) of blueberry pancakes, eggs & bacon/sausage, bagels, muffins, juice, coffee/tea, etc. around 7 A.M., followed by a morning swim!

DHARA Board Member Matt Backrack is organizing this event, with support of other Board members. Volunteers are needed for for a variety of activities! Contact Matt at




Adult Dinner – July 14

Come enjoy some down home BBQ with your fellow DH members and guests, plus live music! Pay and register using the form below, or complete the bottom of this flyer then return it, along with a check or cash, at the pool’s front desk.

Event details:

  • 7-10 p.m. — guests welcome!
  • BYOB; soft drinks provided
  • Pool open for swimming
  • LIVE MUSIC! David Juras and his band, the Nonezzentialz, cover your favorite hits.
  • Old Blue BBQ catering, including grilled salmon and chicken, pulled pork, and a variety of fixins — plus dessert.
  • Lawn games — corn hole and a monster Jenga set.
  • $40 per person (21 and up)

New Alcohol Policy at Pool

With the change in Virginia law and a change in our insurance effective July 1, Dominion Hills Area Recreation Association (“DHARA”) has implemented the following policy relating to alcoholic beverages.

Alcoholic Beverages: A paramount goal of DHARA is to provide a safe, civil, cooperative, enjoyable, family-friendly atmosphere for all of its members and for the DHARA staff and volunteers who manage the pool operations and support its activities. Alcohol is permitted on premises, subject to Virginia law, including the Alcoholic Beverage Control laws and regulations, and in compliance with these DHARA rules:

a.  At no time will DHARA provide, sell, or store alcohol for the consumption of its members, permit holders, or guests.
b.  DHARA requires members, permit holders, and guests to drink and act responsibly and to limit alcohol use around the water.
c.  If your party includes beginning or inexperienced swimmers, attend to them while they are swimming and refrain from consuming alcohol.
d.  Underage drinking is prohibited.  Do not leave alcoholic beverages unattended or otherwise assessable by underage pool attendees.  The local police will be called if any underage drinking is witnessed.
e.  Glass containers are not permitted in the pool area, the bathhouse, or any location where members, permit holders, or guests may be traversing with bare feet. (DHARA Rule 3.7)
f.  Disorderly or disruptive behavior will not be tolerated. (DHARA Rule 9)
g.  Anyone consuming alcohol on the premises is responsible for having a safe means of leaving, such as a designated driver.
h.  We do not, under any circumstances, accept responsibility for any harm that results to yourself, anyone else, or any property due to the consumption of alcoholic beverages.
i.  Anyone not complying with these rules may be directed to leave the premises immediately or may be suspended from returning. (DHARA Rule 9.1)

Movie Night Friday

Join us in the club house for a showing of Coco. The movie starts at 7:30pm on Friday, June 22. We’ll have snacks and drinks – and feel free to bring blankets, pillows, and comfy chairs.

Update on Renovation Projects

We received 140 votes by email, mail, and in person at the meeting on Thursday, June 7. Moving forward on the project with a cap at $620,000 passed with an overwhelming 124 votes. Option 2, which includes using $220,000 from our capital fund, borrowing $300,000, and adding a one-time capital assessment of $200 to each membership passed by a narrow margin.

Thank you to our members for engaging in the process of renovating our Community House at two meetings and our recent vote. We are grateful for your engagement and support, and we look forward to moving this project forward and keeping you updated on the progress.

Facilities Updates

We’ve had the deck chairs refreshed with new strapping, purchased new lane lines, and will soon have a pool lift that will allow swimmers with disabilities to access the water.  Pool Manager John Aldonas replaced the filtering medium in our pump room, and the water is clearer than ever.  The bathrooms have been repainted and some necessary upgrades and repairs have been made or identified for future work. Many thanks to Julie Smith and Sam Alexander for organizing and executing our spring clean up, because the garden areas look awesome.
We also are discussing both more extensive improvements to the bathhouse and necessary emergency egress improvements to the community house.  Last month, Michael McMahon and Matt Long led an excellent presentation that you can watch online.

Alcohol at the Pool

Our discussions last year led us to conclude that the then-current state of Virginia law did not permit alcohol to be consumed on our premises without a license. We explored licenses for both the Community House and the general membership and, during the off-season, required anyone renting the Community House to obtain the appropriate license for any alcohol being served.

Earlier this year, the Virginia Assembly recognized the same legal prohibition and moved to change the law to allow alcohol consumption at private pools without additional permits.  The legislature passed and the governor signed H.R. 1520, which permits any private swim club operated by a nonprofit association to allow members to bring and consume their own alcoholic beverages on the premises starting July 1.

Please know we are working on what happens after July 1.  Our current insurance carrier has said that it will not cover occurrences relating to alcohol, which leaves the association exposed to liability.  We do know that other Northern Virginia pool associations have insurance coverage that permits members to bring their own alcohol to the club, so we are evaluating those carriers and will have an update soon.
Note: This message also was sent to members via email on Saturday, May 12.

Register for Swim & Dive Teams

Registration is now open for the swim team and dive teams, which compete in the Northern Virginia Swim/Dive League. Practices begin in late May and competition runs through the first week in August.

The teams provide kids up to age 18 with an amazing experience that includes:

▪ friendly spirited competition
▪ skill development
▪ new friendships and a sense of team and community spirit

It’s also just a lot of fun for all involved (parents included)!

For questions or more information, visit the swim team and dive team websites. Registration is open now!