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. 

                                                            Virginia Gators of Charlottesville Swim Programs 2021-2022


               Group, Age, Requirements                                               Focus                                                               Practice Times

Gator Bites: Beginning at age 4.

Instruction for swimmers who can’t swim the length of the pool but have some familiarity with the water.

Mon-Thurs 30 minutes per lesson. May purchase 1, 2, 3, or 4 lessons per week in a month-to-month plan.

Age Group Prep: Beginning at age 4.

Introduces competitive strokes and builds endurance to prepare for team programs.

45 minutes either 2 or 3 times per week.

Age Group 1: Ages 6-10 and able to swim full length of the pool on front and back with some knowledge of breaststroke and butterfly.

Improve stroke technique and learn the fundamentals of training, such as time-based sets and following coach instructions.

 60 minutes 3 x per week.

Age Group 2: Ages 8-12 and able to swim all 4 competitive strokes as well as handle multiple length sets.

Perfect stroke and racing technique and build endurance and confidence.

1.25 hours with a choice of 3 or 6 times per week.

Age Group 3: Ages 9-12 who show ability to train at a high level and compete in state-level meets and higher. Invitation by Head Coach.

Train for high level competition and introduce goal setting and dryland techniques.

6 Days of 1.5 hour practices offered, suggested attendance is at least 4 days per week plus dryland.

Junior Group: Ages 11-14 swimmers with at least some competitive swim experience.

Focus on perfecting stroke technique and endurance towards a goal of improved performance.

1.5 hour practices offered with a 3 day or 6 day option.

Senior Group: Ages 14-18 swimmers with competitive experience. Perfect for swimmers preparing for High School team tryouts and competition.

Focus on technique, speed, endurance, with goal of successfully competing at the high school level and beyond. No practice requirements, but at least 4 times per week are recommended for greatest success


2 hour practices offered in a 3 day or 6 day option. 

Dryland will be offered to this group.

Gator Gold: Ages 13-18 swimmers who place a priority on training and competing at the highest levels, including national competition and college swimming. Invitation by Head Coach required.

6-8 two-hour practices weekly and structured dryland are expected of all members of this group. Focus will be on building training capacity and discipline as well as improving competitive technique, speed, and endurance.

Practices M-F 5:30 am – 7:30 am and late Saturday mornings. Double practices will be scheduled throughout the week along wiht structured dryland. Swimmers in this group may not practice in evening groups.