Oakdale Gators Recreational Swim Team

Updated: July 3rd, 2020

Due to the current COVID-19 pandemic, all OST swim programs are closed until further notice. If you wish to be on the email list for updates on a restart date, email Coach Ronny at oakdaleswimteam1@gmail.com


The Oakdale Swim Team's Gator program has served as the place for an introduction to swim skills and introduction to competitive swimming for beginner to novice level swimmers. Swimmers learn the fundamentals of the four competitive swimming strokes (butterfly, backstroke, breaststroke, and freestyle), racing starts, turns, streamlines, underwater kicking, and breath control. There are four meets in the season, two in June and two in July. Although the competitive nature of swim meets can be exhilarating, we make it as low key and stress free as possible. Attending practice, becoming comfortable and strong in the water, learning the fundamentals of competitive swimming, and listening to coaches are just some of the key to becoming a successful swimmer in our organization.

The Gators program has multiple coaches for every ability level. We have coaches in the water to help aid younger swimmers. We have coaches on deck for all levels of swimmers. Gators practice, while being a place to learn and improve, is also an excellent social setting for kids to make new friends while learning a new sport and life skills!

Gator Group Standards

Practice Times:

            First day of Gators starts Monday, May 4th

Age Groups


Swim Times

6 - Unders

With Coach Quinton

Session 1

Session 2

Session 3

4:30 - 5:00 (Monday - Thursday)

5:00 - 5:30 (Monday - Thursday)

5:30 - 6:00 (Monday - Thursday)

7 - 8

With Coach Bre

Session 1

Session 2

Session 3

4:30 - 5:00 (Monday - Thursday)

5:00 - 5:30 (Monday - Thursday)

5:30 - 6:00 (Monday - Thursday)

9 - 10:

With Coach Ellie

Session 1

4:30 - 5:15 (Monday - Friday)

11 - Older:

With Coach Matt

Session 1

5:15 - 6:00 (Monday - Friday)

New Swimmers:

To pass the swim test and become a Gator, a swimmer must demonstrate the following abilities:

  1. Completely submerge their head while blowing bubbles
  2. Float on their stomach while blowing bubbles for 10 seconds unassisted.
  3. Kick on their stomach while blowing bubbles for 10 seconds unassisted.
  4. Float on their back for 10 seconds unassisted.
  5. Kick on their back for 10 seconds unassisted.

Additional skills may be tested at the discretion of the coach.

If they do not pass the swim test: We offer swim lessons with the aim of promoting swim skills, confidence, and increasing the chance that the swimmer will make the team. For more information regarding lesson, please look to the swim lessons tab

Swim tests will be walk-on during normal practice times.

New swimmers need to bring a suit, a towel, and preferably goggles.


Sign-ups open: February 1, 2020


Register for Gators


Season: April 20th - July 31st


·       8 & under = $120

·       9 & older = $180

Swim Meet Dates:

·       June 13th, Location: Lodi

·       June 27th, Location: Turlock

·       July 11th, Location: Tracy

·       July 25th, Location: Oakdale High School

Note that meet locations are tentative and are subject to change.

Junior Gator Meets:

8 & under swimmers will swim in mini swim meets known as Junior Gator Meets instead of the regular scheduled swim meets. These Junior Gator Meets will be held on Friday nights at OHS starting at 5:00

·       June 12th

·       June 25th (Note this meet is on Thursday)

·       July 10th

·       July 24th

The Junior Gator Meets will be used as a teaching tool for the younger swimmers. These meets will help them learn how to compete without the pressures of an actual meet and to teach them how to finish their races properly, all the while earning a time in their events.

Awards Night:

Date: July 31st at 6:30 pm.

Location: Oakdale High School Aquatics Center.

Swim-A-Thon Prizes will be handed out then as well.

There will be pizza and ice cream provided after the awards are handed out.

***Swimmers must attend at least one meet to receive any awards***

More information regarding meet will be available closer to the meet dates.

Important Dates:

·       Parent Info Night: Monday, May 4th

-        T - Shirts and Picture Packets will be distributed during this time.

·       Picture Day: Wednesday, May 13th

·       Swim-A-Thon*: July 17th (Note that there is no make up Swim-A-Thon)

*Oakdale Swim Team has two fundraisers, the first is the crab feed in February, and the second is the Swim-A-Thon. These two fundraisers help OST keep registration fees down, buy new training equipment, and rent and use pool facilities. Thus, participation in the Swim-A-Thon is crucial to the continuing function of the team and is therefore mandatory. A minimum contribution of $50 per family is required. Families that do not meet this requirement will be charged the difference two weeks after the Swim-A-Thon.

Additional Forms:

Athlete Code of Conduct

Parent Guardian Code of Conduct

Gator Family Expectations

Liability Waiver

Medical Release Waiver

Oakdale Swim Team Mission Statement

For any questions, please contact Coach Bre at oakdaleswimteam1@gmail.com