General Information

Advantages of a synchronized swimming program

  • FUN, Variety & Challenge!
  • Adds creativity to your aquatics program through music, dance and drama
  • Flexible, can accommodate any number
  • Suitable for athletes of all ages, abilities and genders
  • Develops water orientation and aquatic skills
  • Allows early progression to keep up interest in aquatics
  • Useful training for Red Cross and R.L.S.S lifesaving awards
  • Offers opportunity for recreational, provincial and national program involvement
  • Physical fitness: cardiac, respiratory, muscular, strength, endurance and flexibility

All programs listed below align the training and competition to the Synchro Canada Long Term Athlete Development stages by respecting their chronological and development age.

The National Age Group system aligns with our International sport body, FINA to ensure smooth transition to International competition.

Provincial level programs differ from province to province in order to meet the needs of its athletes and coaches.


Star Program (Recreational)

The Star Program is a developmental skills program for athletes of any age with instruction ranging from basic to advanced skills. This program is suitable for the able bodied and athletes with disability.

Athletes will learn sculling, body positions and will put their skills to music while improving strength and body awareness in the water. Competitions and water shows are also part of Synchro – both provide a chance to show-off for family and friends.

Recreational athletes typically practice fewer hours (once or twice a week) than Provincial and National Stream athletes. Recreational athletes have the opportunity to attend the Recreational Championships which usually take place in the spring.

Star & Super Star Program
Star 1 Back Layout, Head First Scull, Foot First Scull, Back Flutter Kick, Back Crawl and variations, Tub, Somersault Back Tuck, Waterwheel, Routine Element, Routine Propulsion & Transitions and Back Crawl for speed 25m
Star 2 Front Layout, Propeller and Torpedo, Paddle/Barrel Scull, Side Flutter Kick, Head up Breast Stroke, Eggbeater Stationary, Pretzel, Sailboat Alternate, Routine Element, Routine Propulsion & Transitions and Breast stroke for speed 25m
Star 3 Alligator, Front Pike Position & Pull-down, Front Pike to Submerged Ballet Double Position and Split Scull, Front Flutter Kick, Modified Front Crawl, Eggbeater traveling sideways, Somersault Front Pike, Kick-Pull, Routine Element, Routine Propulsion & Transitions and Front Crawl for speed 25m
Star 4 Ballet Leg Position, Split Position, Reverse Propeller, Front Pike position to split position, split position join to vertical position, eggbeater traveling, Single Ballet Leg, Surface Prawn, Routine Element, Routine Propulsion & Transition, Eggbeater sideways for speed 12m
Star 5 Inverted Tuck Position, Bent Knee Vertical Position, Flamingo Position, Support Scull drill, Support Scull in Table Top Position, Boost, Somersault Back Pike, Kipnus, Routine Element, Routine Propulsion & Transition and Unders
Star 6 Vertical Position and Vertical Descent, Fishtail Position, Front Pike Position to Fishtail Position, Fishtail Position to Bent Knee Vertical Position, Fishtail Position to Vertical Position, Boost, Kip Tower, Bent Knee Vertical Switches and Level changes, Routine Element, Routine Propulsion and Speed/Stamina
Star 7 Submerged Ballet Leg Position, Submerged Flamingo Position & Heron Pike, Thrust for Heron, Barracuda and Barracuda Bent Knee, Back Layout to submerged ballet leg double position and back layout to submerged back pike position, Barracuda Bent Knee, Barracuda, Heron, Routine Element, Routine Propulsion & Transitions and Speed/Stamina
Star 8 Bent Knee Surface Arch Position, Back Layout to Surface Arch to Back Layout Position & Surface Arch Position to Split Scull, Walkout Front, Back Layout to Surface Arch Position to Split Position, Front Pike sot Split Position, Swordfish, Walkover Front, Porpoise, Routine Element, Routine Propulsion & Transitions and Speed/Stamina
Star 9 Centre Split Position, Right Split to Left Split, Walkout Back, Bent Knee Vertical Position – 180 spin, Bent Knee Vertical half twist, Oceanita, Ariana, Walkover Back, Routine Element, Routine Propulsion & Transitions, Speed/Stamina
Star 10 Side Fishtail Position, Knight Position, Single Ballet Leg to Side Ballet Leg to Front Pike Position, Rocket Split, Side Fishtail Split, Swordfish Straight Leg, Routine Element, Routine Propulsion & Transitions and Speed/Stamina
Super Star 1 Fishtail Position Full Twist, Dolphin Arch to Front Pike Position, Flamingo Position to Bent Knee vertical position rollback, Albatross, Flamingo Bent Knee, Barracuda Bent Knee Spin 180 or 360, Ballet Leg Double and Routine Set Parts 1 &2
Super Star 2 Vertical Position Half Twist and Vertical Position Twirl, Vertical Position Spin 360, Vertical Position Spin up 180 or 360, Split Position join to Vertical Position, Bent knee vertical join to vertical with twirl, Bent knee vertical join to vertical with half twist, Porpoise Spinning 360, Barracuda Spinning 180 or 360, Barracuda Spinning 280 or 360 and Routine Set Parts 3 & 4
Super Star 3 Vertical Position Continuous Spin, Vertical Position Full Twist, Bent Knee Vertical join to vertical with 180 spin, Vertical to Split with 360 or 180 rotation, Rocket Bent Knee Twirl, Submerged Ballet Leg to Knight Position, Knight Position to Fishtail Position, Aurora, Travelling Vertical, position, side Bent Knee position, Fishtail Position and Routine Set Part 1 to 4
Super Star 4 Vertical Position, Ballet Leg to inverted tuck, Catalina Rotation, Catalina Reverse Rotation, Fishtail Position 2 Full Twist rapid, Split position closing 360 to vertical position, Dalecarlia start to knight position, knight position to fishtail position 180 arc on surface, Rocket split join to vertical, twirl, vertical descent, Catalina and Ibis
Super Star 5 Dolphin arch to bent knee surface arch to vertical, Ballet Leg to knight, Knight Position to bent knee vertical position, bent knee vertical to bent knee surface arch, fishtail to bent knee surface arch, flamingo rollback to fishtail position, vertical position, Knight, Manta Ray and Cyclone
Super Star 6 Fishtail Position to split position to fishtail position with rapid hip rotation, vertical position, continuous spin, with 3 or more revolutions, split position to vertical position with 260 spin continuing through submergence, bent knee vertical position to vertical with full twist and vertical to bent knee vertical with full twist, Bent knee vertical to vertical with full twist, Rocket split followed by 3609 spin, Barracuda Twirl, Barracuda Continuous Spin, Butterfly, Ballet Leg Double Traveling with a 360 degree rotation
Super Star 7 Fishtail to Vertical with 360 Spin, Fishtail to Knight Position accelerating, Split Position Half Twist, Flying Fish, Kip Full Twist or other twist or spin, Barracuda Somersault Back Pike, Beluga, Helicopter, Heron Spinning 180, Flamingo Bent Knee Continuous Spin

For more information, please visit Synchro Canada’s website.

To order Star Pins, please fill out the Star Pin Order Form and attached to the testing sheets before mailing or emailing them to the office.

Provincial Stream Program

The Provincial Stream Program is a provincially run program where athletes have the opportunity to attend camps, training meets, Regional and Provincial Championships in the Solo, Duet and Team categories.

Every two years, qualified athletes can try-out and attend the BC Summer Games.

The Provincial Stream program age groups are as follows:

  • 10 & Under
  • 11-12
  • 12 & Under Novice
  • 13 & Over Novice
  • 13-15
  • 16-18

Provincial Stream athletes practice between 2 to 4 times per week.

National Stream Program

Synchronized Swimming is a sport that has a rich and winning tradition. An Olympic sport since 1984, Canadian Synchro athletes have continually brought home medals to Canada. Our synchro Olympians past and present are admired for their ability to make every move look effortless and are known for their unbreakable spirit and drive for excellence. If your daughter has been inspired by Canada’s synchro heroes and now dreams of standing on the podium, consider a National Stream club program.

The National Stream program is a nationally run program where athletes have the opportunity to attend camps, training meets, Regional and Provincial Championships within the province. If qualified, they will attend the National Qualifier, Canadian Espoir and/or Canadian Open Championships.

Every two years, qualified athletes can try-out and attend the BC Summer Games. Every four years, athletes can try-out and attend the Canada Winter Games.

Athletes are passionate about the sport and dedicated to their training. National Stream athletes practice between3 to 6 times per week.

The National Stream program age groups are as follows:

  • 11-12
  • 13-15
  • Junior (16-18)
  • Senior (19+)

Adaptive Synchro - previously Athletes with Disability

Athletes here may take the path of a recreational or a competitive athlete in either the youth or the Masters program. If the athlete is competitive, they can enter the Provincial Stream or the National Stream program. The National Stream program would have any age athlete compete at Espoir. Synchro Canada has specific rules governing Adapted Synchro in the CASSA rulebook.

Here are some resources:

Masters Program

Adult Synchronized athletes gravitate towards the fitness benefits of the sport and appreciate the team building aspects. Adults young and older can enjoy the sport by attending weekly classes by being part of a university or college team or by competing in Masters Competitions (for ages 19+). Adults of any ages, synchro backgrounds and fitness levels are welcome.

Recreational Masters Program
The Recreational Masters Program is designed for athletes who have little to no synchronized swimming experience. In this program, adults will learn the basics of the sport. Recreational Masters Athletes practice 1 to 2 times per week.

Recreational Masters Athletes have the opportunity to attend as a team the Masters Recreational Championships which usually take place in April.

Competitive Masters Program
The Competitive Masters Program is designed for athletes with previous synchronized swimming experience or who have been in the Recreational Program sufficient years and which to increase their level of difficulty. Competitive Masters Athletes practice 2 to 3 times per week.

Competitive Masters Athletes have the opportunity to attend the Masters Regional and Provincial Championships in the Solo, Duet, Trio, Team and Combo categories. If qualified, they will attend the Masters National Championships, Masters Worlds and may have other Masters opportunities.

More Information for Masters Recreational Athletes

Masters Figures/Skills

  Masters Competitions

 Masters Routine Time Limits

Masters Competitive Athletes

Masters Required Elements 2017-2021

Click Here– Artistic Swimming Rules for Masters begins on Page 16

Masters Routine Time Limits

 Masters Competitions


Masters Competition Calendar

January 2018

February 2018

March 2018

April 2018

May 2018

June 2018

July 2018
PanAm Masters Championships July 25th – 27th 2018 Orlando, Florida, U.S.A

August 2018

September 2018
European Masters Championships September 4th – 8th 2018 Tržič, Slovenia

October 2018
U.S. Masters Championships October 18th – 21st 2018 Roseville, California, U.S.A.

November 2018

December 2018

Note: FINA World Masters Championships August 5th – 16th 2019 Gwangju, South Korea

Provincial Clubs with Existing Masters Programs

  • Burnaby Caprice Synchro
  • Fraser Valley Masters
  • Nanaimo Diamonds
  • Vancouver Masters Synchro
  • Victoria Synchro
  • West Coast Masters

Masters Athlete Resources