Swim Groups
The Alameda Gators Swim Team offers training and practice groups for swimmers of all ages and ability levels. It is the goal of the Alameda Gators Swim Team to offer age specific training for all of our athletes geared towards challenging each individual and developing each individual to the best of THEIR abilities.

For the convenience of our club members, we use only POOL SITES in Alameda. They are Franklin, Lincoln Park Recreation Pools, Emma Hood Swim Center Competitive Pool and Encinal High school Pool. Location depends on time of year, age and skill level of swimmer.
For the addresses of the pools please click here.
For coaches information please click here.
To request more information by email Click Here.
1. Copper Group
Coach:  Jared Thompson
Practice:  Monday-Friday, 5:30-6:30pm
Location:  Lincoln Pool
2. Nickel Group
Coach:  Jared Thompson
Practice:  Monday-Friday, 4:30-5:30pm
Location:  Lincoln Pool
Group requirements:
  • Able to swim backstroke and freestyle mistake free.
  • Able to swim competent breaststroke and butterfly.
  • Able to pay attention during most of practice without having to be reminded
3. Steel Group
Coach:  Bret Garvine
Practice:  Monday-Friday, 4:30-5:30pm
Location:  Franklin Pool
Group requirements:
  • Able to swim two legal laps of each stroke without fins.
  • No specific time requirements because swimmers of different levels in this group can swim equally well but not at the same speed.
5. Bronze Group
Coach:  Bret Garvine
Practice:  Monday-Friday, 4:30-5:30pm
Location:  Franklin Pool
Group requirements:
  • Able to maintain good distance per stroke form for 100 yards freestyle and 50 yards all other strokes.
  • Able to keep a tight streamline leaving every wall.
  • Makes legal turns for all strokes.
  • Test set:  16x50s - 4 free (:50) 4 IM order (1:00). Second time through faster than first. 1:00 rest at halfway mark
6. Silver Group
Coach: Marshall Dortch 
Practice:  Monday-Friday, 4:00-5:45pm
Location:  Emma Hood
Group requirements:
  • Able to maintain good distance per stroke form for 200 yards freestyle and 100 yards other strokes.
  • Able to execute fast streamline kicks off every wall and breakout with momentum.
  • Test set: 10x100s 3 free (1:30); 1 specialty (interval varies) 1 IM (1:45). Second time hold faster than 1st. 1:00 rest at halfway mark
7. Gold and Pre-Senior Groups
Coach:  Marshall Dortch
Practice:  Monday-Friday, 4:00-5:45 pm
Location:  Emma Hood
Group requirements:
  • Able to attend practice a minimum 4 days a week. Looking for athletes to be able to set goals and learn to be accountable for reaching those goals.
  • Test set: 10 x 100's free (3 on 1:40, 1 on 1:35, 1 on 1:30) x 2
8. Senior Group
Coach:  Marshall Dortch
Workouts:  Monday-Friday, 5:30-7:00 am and 4:00-5:45 pm
Location:  Emma Hood
Group requirements:
  • Swimmers commit to 5 afternoon practices a week and at least one morning practice a week (6 total practices).
  • Looking for swimmers to set goals, commit to training, and be consistently attending meets.
  • Looking for swimmers to develop into leaders and begin dryland and light weight training
  • Test set: 10 x 100's free (1 on 1:30, 2 on 1:25, 2 on 1:20) x 2
9. Senior Elite Group (Nov thru Jun)
Coach:  Marshall Dortch
Workouts:  Monday-Friday, 5:30-7:00 am and 5:30-7:30 pm
Location:  Emma Hood (am), Franklin Pool (pm)
Group requirements:
  • Swimmers are ready to dedicate themselves completely to swimming. Requires a higher level of training and higher level of dedication to meets. This is most elite level of athletes on ALGA. Qualifying for this group will be based heavily on dedication.
  • Make 8 practices a week (6 swimming and 2 weight room workouts). Total of 10 practices per week offered.
  • Swimmers must pass test set of:
    • 2x 300's (4:00)
    • 2x 200's (2:40)
    • 2 x 100's (1:20)  0:45 rest in between sets
    • 8x 25's underwater kick (:35) - Dolphin down; Flutter back