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 23rd year leading the Gators, is committed to providing a personal approach to helping every swimmer improve every day. 

Contact Coach Olivia (540-414-2509) or [email protected] for more information. 

Starting June 7, 2021: Group Swim Lessons at War Memorial Pool

To keep a low student to instructor ratio, limited spots are available in each class. Read the following class level descriptions carefully and register below by clicking on the dates of the session you prefer. If your class or session is full, contact the lesson coordinator to be added to the waitlist.

Contact the Lesson Coordinator: 540-414-2509 or [email protected]

2-week sessions, 4 days per week (Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday) ( Note exception for Session I below)

(8 lessons for 30 minutes)

Participants: $70 per 2-week session

Beginner

These classes are for children who have little previous experience in the water and are not yet comfortable going under the water. We ask that each child bring their own pair of goggles that does not cover the nose.

Beginner Tots (ages 3-4)

9:30 am - 10:00 am

10:05 am - 10:35 am

Beginner I (ages 5-8)

9:30 am – 10:00 am

10:05 am – 10:35 am

10:40 am - 11:10 am

Skills introduced will be:

  • Building confidence in the water
  • Submerging head underwater
  • Prone and back float
  • Beginning kicking technique
  • Treading water
  • Introduction to front crawl

Beginner II (ages 9-12)

10:05 am – 10:35 am

10:40 am – 11:10 am

Skills introduced will be:

  • Building confidence in the water
  • Submerging head underwater
  • Prone and back float
  • Prone and back kicking technique
  • Treading water
  • Introduction to front crawl

Intermediate

These classes are for children who are comfortable submerging completely underwater and can tread water unassisted. We ask that each child bring their own pair of goggles that does not cover the nose.

Intermediate I (ages 5-8)

9:30 am – 10:00 am

  • Building confidence in the water
  • Prone and back kicking technique
  • Front and back crawl
  • Breaststroke kick
  • Introduction to diving (sitting)

Intermediate II (ages 9-12)

10:40 am – 11:10 am

Skills introduced will be:

  • Building confidence in the water
  • Prone and back kicking technique
  • Front and back crawl
  • Breaststroke kick
  • Introduction to diving (sitting and standing)

ONLINE REGISTRATION: Click on the desired session below to be taken to our online registration platform. Registration is online only and requires a credit card. Contact the lesson coordinator if you have questions or difficulty.

Session I: June 8-17, deadline June 5 or when class fills NOTE THAT THIS CLASS ONLY RUNS TUES-FRI (JUN 8-11) IN THE 1ST WEEK AND MONDAY-THURS (JUNE 14-17) IN THE 2ND WEEK DUE TO AN EVENT AT THE POOL.

Session II: June 22-July 2, deadline June 18 or when class fills

Session III: July 6-16, deadline July 3 or when class fills

Session IV: July 20-30, deadline July 17 or when class fills

Depending upon instructor availability and space, Private Lessons may be available to swimmers unable to join Piranhas Swim Team or other group lessons due to space limitations. Please contact Olivia Heeb-Wade for availability and registration information. Currently, we cannot accept any new private/semi private lessons (updated 7/11/21).