Frequently Asked Questions
Q. My daughter is a great swimmer and loves to dance, would synchro swimming be a good sport?
A. Synchro swimming is a fantastic sport for strong swimmers! Synchro swimming is a hybrid form of swimming, dance and gymnastics, consisting of swimmers (teams, duets, solos and combos), performing a synchronized routine of elaborate moves in the water, accompanied by music.
Q. My daughter wants to be a synchronized swimmer. How I can I get her involved?
A. For all new swimmers, we offer an Intro to Synchro program. After the program, the swimmer may choose to continue in a Rec or Novice program to learn more skills and work on routines for the club watershows and for Novice competitions.
Q. What are figures?
A. “Figures” are the positions and transitions to positions that every swimmer needs to learn. Figures are the basis of all routines. Figures are grouped by “age group” and have a level of difficulty associated with them. Each season, up to eight figures for each age group are selected to be demonstrated in competition. Each figure has a unique name – such as “porpoise”, or “sailboat”, or “ballet leg”. Swimmers work on these figures at every practice, and learn to control the speed, height, extension and posture for each one. It may take a couple of years for a swimmer to truly master a figure, and that is why age groups usually span two to three years, to allow plenty of time for skill development.
When participating in a Figures competitions, the figures positions are performed individually in front of a panel of judges without music. Figures are assigned a score by each of up to 5 judges. Scores can range from1 to 10 (10 being the best). Most competitive synchronized swimming meets have two components to it: a “figures” portion, and a “routine” portion. Normally the total (or championship) scores for swimmers and teams are combined scores of figures and routine (50/50).
Q. My daughter is interested in a competitive team, what do we do?
A. Tryouts at the London Synchro Club are normally held in June each year for the following years’ season. Following tryouts your daughter will receive an email from the Club’s Head Coaching inviting her onto a team.
Q. What equipment will my daughter need to do synchronized swimming?
A. As a beginning, your swimmer may be more comfortable using a swimming cap, goggles, a nose clip and a full piece bathing suit. Competitive swimmers will require a blue LSC swimming cap and a white cap for figures competitions, googles, nose clips, full piece bathing suits, a black bathing suit for figures competitions, a team shirt and yoga jacket.
Q. Where can I purchase the nose clips, swimming caps and suits?
A. The London Synchro Club may offer these items at different practices in the beginning of the season. You may also find them at Sportchek or other sports stores.
Q. Where can I get the list of synchro swimming competition dates for this season?
Q. Is synchronized swimming a sport or an art form?
A. Both. Synchronized Swimming was recognized as an Olympic sport in 1984. It has developed into a fast paced, athletic and acrobatic sport. However, it is one of very few sports that can be very creative and artistic.
Q. How do the swimmers synchronize their movements?
A. An underwater speaker is used so the swimmers can hear the music under the water. This speaker is perfectly safe and the London Synchro Club provides this equipment to the coaches. The swimmers also count to the music and perform certain moves to certain counts.
Q. Do males take part in synchronized swimming?
A. Yes males do take part. The World Championships in 2015 featured a new event in mixed duet in which many countries including Canada and the USA entered male/female teams. The London Synchro Club programs are open to males and females.
Q. How long can synchronized swimmers hold their breath?
A. A synchronized swimmer can hold their breath for long durations when floating underwater and not using too much energy to perform. In a four minute fast paced routine, a synchronized swimmer may spend two thirds of the routine underwater.