Athletes

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.

 

AquaSquirts and AquaSquirts Too Program

AquaSquirts is the first program in Synchro Canada’s Aqua Program series. The program was launched, via a pilot, in 2000.

AquaSquirts is a play-based, water-orientation program designed to develop swimming skills. Swimmers are encouraged to have fun in the water while experimenting with new ways to swim that will develop body awareness, improve breath control, increase comfort level, and encourage creativity.

Swimmers and Instructors who enjoyed their experience with AquaSquirts were keen to have a follow-up program. AquaSquirts Too was therefore developed using the same formula – but with exciting new themes and an extra session!

Who is it for?
For children from about 6 years of age to 11 years of age

What skills do swimmers need?
They should have the ability to float in the water and the ability to move comfortably in chest-deep water. An introductory swimming grogram is recommended

What equipment is needed?
Nose clips, swim cap and googles

Where does it fit in Synchro Canada’s Program?
AquaSquirts is included in Synchro Canada’s Aqua Programs Package, which is part of Synchro Canada’s recreational “Fun with Synchro Programs” for swimmer development

Where does AquaSquirts Fit in Canadian Red Cross Programs?
Recommended after Swim Kids 4

What are skills that will be learned in the program?
Eggbeater, Swimming, Sculling, Boosting, Floating, Spinning, Stretching, Twisting, Teamwork, Breath Holding, Core stability and much more

 

Recreational Program (Star Program)

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.

 

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 athlete 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+)

Athletes with Disability – Adapted Synchro

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.

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Master Program

Adult Synchronized athletes gravitate towards the fitness benefits of the sport and appreciate the teambuilding 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 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 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.