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 – Spring Jan. 1 – March 18 $215 $280
Senior – Girls Nov 13 – March 18 $277 $360
Senior Pre/Post High School March 5 – 18 $30 $40
Age Group – Spring Jan. 1 – March 18 $195 $250
Developmental – Spring Jan. 1 – March 18 $175 $228 

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Adult Swim Training at the YMCA gives adult swimmers of all levels a fun way to exercise and a structured swim training experience. Participants can be those looking to stay fit or for the athletes who are aggressively seeking to compete in swimming meets or triathlons. Gator coaches will be on deck to improve stroke technique, endurance and speed. Workouts will be written specifically for all levels on the team. If you haven’t swum in a while or if you were never actually part of a team, this will be a great experience for you! The team is for the beginner swimmers, the experts, and the triathletes all with the same goals of getting faster, stronger and more efficient in the water.

Fargo North High School Ages 19+ Tuesdays & Thursdays, 5:45 – 6:45am Member: $125 Non-Member: $161.50 

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Visit the FM Gators website for the practice schedule and more information:

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