FM GATOR SWIM TEAM

Due to COVID-19, the FM Gator Swim Team will look a little different than what you’re used to in order to protect our participants and staff. See below for revised schedules, prices, and additional details.


About the FM Gator Swim Team

The FM Gator Swim Team is a competitive swim program that has been a part of the YMCA of Cass and Clay Counties since 1959. Swimmers of all ages are welcome to participate, improving their skills while learning to value hard work, reach for excellence, and enjoy spirited competition. This premier swim team has helped to develop numerous state and national champions, and has been an integral part of the Fargo, West Fargo, and Moorhead communities for decades.

The Gators have five training groups for ages five and up to accommodate all levels and ages of competitive swimmers – Developmental, Age Group I & II, and Senior Group I & II. Practice schedules vary by season and level. Stroke clinics, summer camps, and special events are also important parts of the FM Gators program. 

Our professional YMCA coaching staff provides high quality instruction for all ages and abilities to improve swimming and diving skills, boost confidence, and achieve success while making new friends and having fun.

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Level Descriptions

Developmental Group: Developmental swimmers are new and experienced 5+ year olds who can swim 25 yards of freestyle (front crawl) and 25 yards of backstroke without stopping or needing assistance. They also learn the skills necessary to compete such as working with teammates, following directions, and advanced drills.

Age Group: The Age Group levels are designed to give swimmers who have gone through our Developmental group a positive and technically sound experience on a swim team. These levels are designed to challenge your child depending on their experience in the sport as well as develop more advanced competitive skills.

Senior Group: The Senior Group levels are designed for advanced, experienced, competitive swimmers. Necessary training will be given to excel in competitive swimming events.


Sessions and Prices

Spring Sessions are held at the Fercho YMCA. Summer Sessions are held at Island Park Pool.

There are two required registration fees, including the YMCA fee (see below) and the FM Gators/USA Swimming fees, which can be paid at fmgators.com

Levels Dates Prices
Senior - Full Season April 26 - July 30 Members: $260, Non- Members: $320
Senior - Spring April 26 - June 4 Members: $130, Non- Members: $160
Senior - Summer June 7 - July 30 Members: $170, Non- Members: $210
Age Group - Full Season April 26 - July 30 Members: $230, Non- Members: $280
Age Group - Spring April 26 - June 4 Members: $115, Non- Members: $140
Age Group - Summer June 7 - July 30 Members: $155, Non- Members: $185
Developmental - Full Season April 26 - July 30 Members: $205, Non- Members: $245
Developmental - Spring April 26 - June 4 Members: $100, Non- Members: $122
Developmental - Summer June 7 - July 30 Members: $140, Non- Members: $165

Financial Assistance

Financial Assistance is available, based on need and availability, to help cover both the YMCA fee and the USA Swimming fee. To learn more or to apply, please contact Gators Head Coach Erich Richardson at 701.364.4151 or erich.richardson@ymcacassclay.org.


Pre-Swim Team

Curious about Gators? Want to join a swim team, but don’t quite feel ready yet? Pre-Swim Team will help you improve your skills, learn what it’s like to be on a swim team, learn strokes and lap swimming, and gain comfort in the pool! Participants must be able to swim 25 yards freestyle without stopping or needing assistance. Ages 5+.

Dates Days Times Members Non-Members
April 26 – June 4 Mon & Wed 3:15 – 4:00pm $84 $105
June 7 – July 30 Mon & Wed 3:15 – 4:00pm $112 $140

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Stroke Clinics

Improve your swim techniques with the Gators swim team coaches! Clinic is open to youth not currently on a swim team, who can swim 25 yards freestyle and 25 yards backstroke without stopping. Participants will improve their skills, learn what it’s like to be on a swim team, meet new friends, and get comfortable in the pool!

Upcoming Sessions/Details

Grades Dates Days Times Member Non-Member
Grades 1 - 3 March 30 - April 22 Tues & Thurs 6:00 - 6:45pm $53.50 $67
Grades 4 - 6 March 30 - April 22 Tues & Thurs 7:00 - 7:45pm $53.50 $67

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High School Prep Camp

High school swimmers will maintain and develop conditioning in and out of the water by learning proper techniques and skills. Prepare for a successful high school season, and stay fit year round!

Ages 12 – 18 Island Park Pool Mon – Thurs Member: $52 Non-Member: $65

Upcoming Sessions

Dates Days Time
August 2 - 12 Mon - Thurs 4:30 - 6:00pm

More Information

During this time, participants must enter Island Park Pool through the ambulance gate in the northeast corner of the pool and must come ready to swim. Locker rooms will not be available for dressing purposes, only restroom use. Stay tuned for additional information coming soon.

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Diving Camp

Whether you’re a beginner or veteran diver, this camp will help you learn, perfect and maintain diving skills. Experienced divers can get back on the boards and beginners can try out competitive diving.

Ages 8+ Island Park Pool Mon – Thurs 4:30 – 6:00pm

Stay tuned for 2022 Diving Camp dates and details!