The Alameda Gators swim team is open to all interested swimmers ages 5-18. No previous club swimming experience is necessary and new swimmers need not be proficient in the four strokes. However, they must be able to swim the length of the pool - 25 yards - unassisted. (Dog paddle is acceptable!) See the Tryouts page for information about signing up new swimmers.
The team practices 5 days a week, year-round and participates in approximately one swim meet per month. Swimmers may attend as many practices as they wish during each month. Attendance at swim meets is optional, but strongly encouraged.
Practice groups are set according to age and swimmer ability. Monthly coaching fees vary, according to practice group. See the Fees page for more details.
The team is managed by a volunteer Parent Board and with the support of all of the parents on the team. Parents are expected to volunteer at all team events that their swimmers attend -- for example, as a timer at swim meets or a lap counter at the Freeze-A-Gator swim-a-thon. All families are also expected to work a minimum of 10 hours at any swim meet that the Alameda Gators host and run.
For more details on team membership, see the Alameda Gators Team Handbook in the Documents section of the website.