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. 

This Fall we will begin practices on September 6th at Fairview Pool until September 18th. We will then move to the Key West Swim Club outdoor, heated pool until September 30th and finally to our fall indoor home at Crow Pool on Rose Hill Drive in Charlottesville until the Fairview renovations are completed and our Bubble goes up again. 


Fall 2022: The Fairview pool will be undergoing much-needed renovations during the fall. The Gators will be practicing at another space to be announced soon for the fall season.


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, affectionately  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 local 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" in the Fall and "Bubble Down" in the Spring 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