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 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: Practices are held at the Fercho YMCA, North High School, Davies High School, and Island Park Pool during the summer months.
Ages: FM Gator Swim Team is open to swimmers ages 5+

Sessions and Prices:

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

Levels Dates Members Non-Members
Senior – Full Season April 29 – July 28 $215 $267
Senior – April/May April 29 – May 31 $79 $98
Senior – June June 3 – June 28 $79 $98
Senior – July July 1 – July 28 $79 $98
Age Group – Full Season April 29 – July 28 $192 $239
Age Group – April/May April 29 – May 31 $71 $88
Age Group – June June 3 – June 28 $71 $88
Age Group – July  July 1 – 31 $71 $88
Developmental – Full Season April 29 – July 28 $170 $211
Developmental – April/May April 29 – May 31 $63 $78
Developmental – June June 3 – June 28 $63 $78
Developmental – July  July 1 – July 28 $63 $78

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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 Mon & Wed OR Tues & Thurs 5:00 – 5:45pm

Upcoming Sessions:
Session1: April 29 – June 6 | Member: $68 | Non-Member: $84
Session 2: June 10 – July 25 | Member: $74 | Non-Member: $91

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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.

Stroke Clinics

Learn to swim from 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!

Grades 1 – 6 Fercho YMCA Tues & Thurs Member: $45 Non-Member: $56

Upcoming Sessions:
April 1 – 25


Grades 1 – 3: 6:10 – 7:10pm
Grades 4 – 6: 7:20 – 8:20pm

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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 4:30 – 6:00pm Member: $52 Non-Member: $60

Upcoming Sessions:
August 5 – 15

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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: $TBD Non-Member: $TBD

Upcoming Sessions:

  • Session 1: June 3 – 13
  • Session 2: June 17 – 27
  • Session 3: July 8 – 18
  • Session 4: July 22 – Aug. 1
  • Session 5: Aug. 5 – 15

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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