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. Our team practices at the Fairview Swim and Tennis Club pool at 707 Belvedere Drive in Charlottesville, under our climate-controlled Gator Dome. Head Coach JJ Bean, in his 22nd year leading the Gators, is committed to providing a personal approach to helping every swimmer improve every day. 

Equipment List for Charlottesville Gators Swimmers

Gator Equipment Recommendations

Every swimmer should come to the pool prepared with a cap, goggles, and a water bottle. In addition, the coaches would like each swimmer to have certain equipment that will improve their practice experience.

We have a contract with TYR Sports for 25% off MSRP of anything in their catalog when purchased individually by a swimmer through our team portal (Portal link will be active soon!) and we will also place a 40% off order at the beginning of the season (check your email for order form). Alternatively, if you would like to purchase particular items not in the TYR catalog, please check our Gator Affiliate Store at SwimOutlet.

If you need help finding the right equipment or paying for swim equipment for your swimmer, please talk with your child’s coach or Coach JJ.

Age Group Prep, Age Group 1, Age Group 2: Kickboard, long fins (such as TYR Flex Fins or Sporti Floating fins)

Junior: Kickboard, short fins (such as TYR Crossblade or Stryker), and snorkel (such as Finis Swimmer’s Swim Snorkel or Jr. Swim Snorkel)

Age Group 3, Senior, Cville Gold: Kickboard, short fins, snorkel, pull buoy, hand paddles (such as TYR Catalyst or Speedo or Sporti Power Paddle), and a yoga mat for dryland. Swimmers taking part in dryland should also wear athletic shoes and comfortable clothing to dryland sessions.