About GATO

Polar Bears of Los Gatos

Our organization known as GATO - Polar Bears of Los Gatos, operates year-round aquatic programs offering high quality professional coaching and technique instruction for student-athletes of all ages and ability levels. We provide an environment where every member has the opportunity to improve swimming skills and achieve success at their highest level of ability, from novice to international competitor. By learning to set goals and working to achieve those goals, our swimmers learn valuable life skills that will carry over into schoolwork, and later in their career.

Polar Bears of Los Gatos promotes: Goal Setting & Achievement; Good Sportsmanship & Teamwork; Good Health & Nutrition.

We strive to take all swimmers to a higher level whether that be a beginning swimmer in our Learn to Swim Program, high school athlete, or national or international level athletes.

We offer a Learn to Swim program all year as well as a Pre-Competitive Program. We also participate in USA swimming events all year. We attend various local and out of town swim meets; generally, there are one or two meets a month that swimmers may attend.

All of our coaches, as members of USA Swimming and the American Swim Coaches Association, have access to the most comprehensive training and certification program for youth coaches of any sport in the United States. The time they spend with each student-athlete is dedicated to helping them achieve their goals in life and in swimming.

Polar Bears of Los Gatos is dedicated to providing a healthy environment for swimmers of all ages to strive to reach their maximum full potential in the sport of swimming. Through guidance, encouragement, and training, we provide each swimmer the opportunity to develop the skills necessary to formulate and attain their individual goals.