Virginia Gators of Charlottesville

Since 2000, the Virginia Gators of Charlottesville has offered high-quality swim training from beginner to elite with a focus on balancing physical, social, and emotional development in assisting swimmers to reach their personal goals. Head Coach JJ Bean, in his 23rd year leading the Gators, is committed to providing a personal approach to helping every swimmer improve every day. 

Welcome to the Virginia Gators of Charlottesville Swim Club, a year round competitive swim team serving the Charlottesville area since 1999. We accept new swimmers throughout the year, and encourage you to become part of the team. It is our goal to offer age specific training for all of our athletes in order to challenge and develop each individual to the best of their abilities.



To prepare youth for success in swimming and in life while creating confident, competent and problem-solving adults.


To teach, insoire and enable our swimmers to achieve personal excellence in life and in swimming.


Grit- purpose, passion, toughness, resilience and perseverance

Integrity- leadership, accountability, honest and respect

Attitude- confidence, enthusiasm, competitive greatness and pride

Commitment- passion, effort and discipline

Learning- deliberate, grouth mindset and mindful

We believe that all athletes deserve to participate in sports free from any form of emotional, physical and secual misconduct, and we strive each day to achieve inclusive excellence.


The Virginia Gators of Charlottesville swim club is a registered 501(c)3 non-profit, tax-exempt swim club, operating at Fairview Swim and Tennis Club.  Formed in 1999 by J.J. Bean and a group of dedicated parents, Gators provides a wide-range of aquatic opportunities for Charlottesville-area community members of all ages, interest and skill-levels. Gators provides much needed pool space for a USA Swimming Level 4 competitive swim team, area high school swim teams, synchronized swimming, scuba diving, Boy Scouts, and learn-to-swim programs. Through our programs, ranging from a developmental program for beginning swimmers to an elite national training group, our swimmers learn teamwork and sportsmanship while gaining work ethic integral to academic, athletic and civic achievement. Gators aims to provide the most extensive competitive programming in the area, with a swim club that offers the foundation of success for every child.