FM Gator Swim Team


The FM Gator Swim Team is a competitive swim program that has been a part of the YMCA of Cass & Clay Counties for over 50 years. Swimmers of all ages are welcome to participate at all levels, 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 six 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 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.

Level Descriptions:

Developmental Group: Developmental swimmers are new and experienced 6+ year olds who can swim 25 yards of freestyle (front crawl) 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 the more advanced, competitive swimmer. Necessary training will be given to excel in competitive swimming events.


Practices: All practices are held at the Fercho YMCA, North High School, or Davies High School
Ages: FM Gator Swim Team is open to swimmers ages 6+

Sessions and Prices:
Levels Dates Members Non-Members
Senior – Full Season May 7 – July 29 $180 $228
Senior – May May 7 – June 1 $67 $83
Senior – June Jun 4 – June 29 $67 $83
Senior – July July 2 – July 29 $67 $83
Age Group – Full Season May 7 – June 29 $162 $202
Age Group – May May 7 – June 1 $60 $75
Age Group – June June 4 – June 29 $60 $75
Age Group – July July 2 – July 29 $60 $75
Developmental – Full Season May 7 – July 29 $144 $180
Developmental – May May 7 – June 1 $53 $66
Developmental – June June 4 – July 29 $53 $66
Developmental – July July 2 – July 29 $53 $66

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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+ Fercho YMCA Member: $78 Non-Member: $98

Upcoming Sessions:
Session1: May7 – June 21  |  Tues & Thurs  |  6:00 – 6:45pm
Session 2: June25 – August 10  |  Mon & Wed  |  4:00 – 4:45pm

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Adult Swim Training

The YMCA also offers Adult Swim Training for ages 19+. For more information and to view upcoming session dates, visit our Aquatics page.

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 4:30 – 6:00pm Member: $52 Non-Member: $65

Upcoming Sessions:
July 30 – August 10

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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 Member: $52 Non-Member: $65

Upcoming Sessions:
June 4 – 14
June 18 – 28
July 9 – 19
July 23 – August 2

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For more information about the FM Gators Swim Team or Adult Swim Training, contact Gators Head Coach Erich Richardson at 701.364.4151 or