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. 

We are pleased and proud to introduce a new Virginia Gators team in Crozet and Waynesboro! We hope that this team will allow swimmers in Western Albemarle County and Waynesboro the opportunity to train with a nationally recognized swim club.  The Virginia Gators branch in Crozet and Waynesboro will be led by Head Coach Rob Rule and Head Senior Coach Alex Rayle and will train at the Crozet Park Pool and the Waynesboro YMCA.

We have developed a practice group structure and practice times that we hope will allow the most committed swimmers to practice up to 8 times per week, while still offering programs that encourage multi-sport athletes the opportunity to enjoy swimming and continue to improve. We are also reintroducing Saturday options for all groups to offer more practice flexibility.

Program Fees:

While the Coronavirus pandemic has caused financial strain to our club, we plan to keep costs roughly in line with last season. We will continue to offer both Lump Sum and monthly payment options for most of our programs, although we will ask our Gold groups to make a commitment to at least 9 months of participation in our Gator program, in order to ensure our coaching and facility planning through the entire short course season, which runs from September through the end of February.  All other groups will be offered the month to month flexible option that has been so popular with our Gator programs.


2020-2021 Registration is open now!

Volunteering and Fundraising:

The gifts of volunteer time and financial support are crucial to the success of our small, non-profit organization, especially with the added strains that Coronavirus has placed on our club. However, we recognize that these same strains are affecting all of our families as well. For this reason, among others, we will no longer require a volunteer commitment, or charge families who are not able to volunteer. However, we do continue to have needs that need to be met by volunteers or increased family donations or financial support. We are reorganizing our volunteer categories to offer specific ways that you can select a way to help the Gators as early as when you register, and know what that volunteer job will entail throughout the season. We also plan to reemphasize our passive fundraisers and offer new, creative ways to financially support the Gators, such as through gifts-in-kind, partnerships with your family business, or offering physical help to the Gators that will allow us to reduce expenses. We hope you will join with us in finding creative and meaningful ways to help our team.

If you have questions about our new team, please email Coach Rob at [email protected] or Coach Alex at [email protected].