FM Gator Swim Team

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 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) 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 (see below) and the FM Gators/USA Swimming fees, which can be paid at

Summer Season Dates & Prices

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

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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+.

Days/Times Choose Mon/Wed or Tues/Thurs 5:00 – 5:45pm
Locations April 27 – May 28: Practice held at the Fercho YMCA Starting June 1, swimmers move outdoors for the rest of the season!

Upcoming Sessions:

Session 1: April 27 – June 11 Session 2: June 15 – July 30 Members: $77 Non-Members: $90

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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: $48 Non-Member: $60

Upcoming Sessions/Details

Spring: March 31 – April 23 Fall: August 25 – September 17
Grades 1 – 3  |  6:15 – 7:00pm Grades 4 – 6  |  7:15 – 8:00pm

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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: $60

Upcoming Sessions:

August 3 – 13 4:30 – 6:30pm

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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 8 – 18 June 22 – July 2 July 6 – 16 July 20 – 30 August 3 – 13

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