The Virginia Gators is a developmental swim team that promotes personal excellence through competitive swimming.


The Gators practice year-round in the 6-lane 25-meter pool at the  Fairview Swim and Tennis Club, a private not-for-profit club located at 707 Belvedere Blvd., Charlottesville, VA 22901. Membership with Fairview is not a requirement for swimming with the Gators, nor is participation on Fairview's summer swim team that is part of the Jefferson Swim League

To provide year-round swimming, an 11,000 pound air-supported dome, also known as "the bubble", is assembled and inflated over the pool from September-May to form the Gatordome. Both the air and the water are heated to provide a comfortable space for swimmers and family members. Since 2000, the Gatordome has provided much-needed swimming space for a wide variety of year-round swim programs ranging from the Virginia Gators of Charlottesvillle competitive and recreational swim club, to high school swim teams, a scuba program and a synchronized swimming team, to benefit Charlottesville and Albemarle county residents. In 2018 we installed a new Bubble and water heater providing the Gators with a more energy efficient and reliable home!

"Bubble Up"(September) and "Bubble Down"(May) are similar to an old-fashioned barn-raising where swimmers, friends, and parents--people from all walks of life, and all ages--come together in the true spirit of teamwork to work side-by-side. It is a Gator tradition that is not to be missed.

Interested in more information about the bubble? Take a look at these short videos: Bubble Down, May 2013Bubble Up, Sep. 2010,  Bubble Up, Sep. 2011