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. 

Gator Kick Start Program - 3:45-4:15 pm Tuesdays and Thursdays (4-8 years)

This group is meant for very new swimmers who do not yet have formal strokes and are not able to swim 25 meters unassisted. Swimmers must be able to separate from parents, listen to instruction, put their face in the water and be able to propel themselves a short distance unassisted. This group meets 2 days per week on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Enrollment is on a month-to-month basis according to the needs of the family. Approval for enrollment to the Developing group will be considered as swimmers become able to swim the full length of the pool on front and back without assistance.


Well-fitting swim goggles are important to enable children to learn to put their faces in the water and breathe while swimming. Swim fins are sometimes used and may be available at the pool, but the full range of sizes and numbers may not always be on hand. Kickboards are provided by the team. If you would like to see what goggles and fins are recommended, please visit our SwimOutlet Affiliate shop. All purchases from our Affiliate site will return 8% of the purchase price to the Gators so thank you for shopping!