Prospective Gators

Thank you for your interest in the Gators Swim Club!

We are a USA Swimming (USS) affiliate swim team and participate in Southern California Swimming (SCS) as our local swimming committee. As a USA swim team, we train and offer competition opportunities year round for all levels of swimming from beginner to elite – ages 5 and above. Competitions are different for each level of swimming and each athlete is offered competition (at his/her level) approximately once per month.

USA Swimming breaks the year into two seasons. The Short Course season (25 yard pool) starts in September and ends in February. The Long Course season (50 meter pool) starts in March and ends in August.

During the year, there are various swim meets that take place. The coaches will notify our swimmers of the meets that they should be attending. Although swim meets are not mandatory at all levels, we do encourage participation so that our swimmers can gage progress and success.



Year-Round Swimming vs. Summer Swim Team

The main difference between summer swim team and year-round USA Swimming is that year-round swimming places a bigger emphasis on an individual’s time/development throughout the course of a year.  USA Swimming publishes National Age Group motivational times by age groupings. Following is an example of these times:

  • White Times: Novice level or new entry to USA Swimming

  • Red Times: Intermediate level within an age group

  • Blue Times: Advanced level within an age group

Age groups are as follows:

  • 5-6 year olds, 8 and under, 5-10 year olds, 11-12 year olds, 13-14 year olds, 15-16 year olds