Synchronized swimming grew as a sport from ornamental swimming and theatrical water ballets of the late 19th and early 20th Centuries. In the early days, male swimmers performed round-dances in the water as a swimming art form, decorated with garlands or Chinese lanterns. In 1891, the Royal Life Saving Society of Great Britain (RLSS) published a handbook for swimmers encouraging “ornamental swimming” or “scientific swimming”.

For the full Origins of Synchronized Swimming, please visit the FINA website.


1981 marked the date of the first true Canadian National Team.

In 1983, the Canadian National Team won gold for the Team and Duet competitions and silver in the Solo event at an international competition in Ecuador.

Synchro was recognized as an Olympic sport in 1984 and Canada won silver medals in both the Solo and Duet events.

In 1985, Canada struck gold in all events at the FINA Cup in Indianapolis, USA.

In 1986, synchronized swimming competed in the Commonwealth Games for the first time.

In Seoul Korea Olympics in 1988, Canada won gold medals in both the Solo and Duet events.


Synchronized Swimming in British Columbia has been organized since 1952. The British Columbia Amateur Synchronized Swimming Association was formed under the BC Society Act in December 1980. Since that time BC synchronized swimmers have represented our province and Canada nationally and internationally with regularity.


Now commonly called Synchro BC, the not-for-profit association governs the sport in our province, providing opportunities and services for athletes, coaches, officials and volunteers.