Photo: Competitors in Somerset ASA 2017 Synchro Championships with their awards.
In July 2017, FINA Congress voted to change the name from synchronised swimming to artistic swimming in order to attract a wider audience to a sport that has recently expanded to include male competitors. Many will continue to refer to the sporting discipline by its previous name or abbreviation (Synchro).
The Somerset ASA 2017 Synchro Championships took place on 14 July (Taunton) and 15 July (Wellington). Report.
Within Somerset ASA's 2018/19 Development budget, a funding pot of £2,000 will focus on encouraging more participation in the disciplines of Open Water, Water Polo, Synchronised Swimming and Masters.
We advertised Sep 2017 Level 2 and Level 1 Judge courses (SASP Offices, Castle Road, Wellington Somerset TA21 9JQ).
Grade Assessment Day
Grade testing was available for all figure grades 1 to 6 (dependent on South West having sufficient qualified level 1 & 2 Judges) on 7 October 2017 (2pm -6pm) at Burnham Leisure Centre. View details.
The Masters Synchro Conference 2017
We promoted the event held on 5 November 2017 (10am to 4pm*) at The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Centre, Rugby – the day after the Swim England Synchro National Masters Championships at the same venue. View report.
Join a ClubTwo County clubs, Team Bath Synchro Club and Taunton Deane Swimming offer Artistic Swimming sessions to their members.
Team Bath Synchro Club
The Club aim to enable athletes to continue their sport alongside their higher education.
Using facilities at the University’s Sports Training Village, the club aims to offer a complete training programme to ensure athletes reach their full potential within a professional but friendly atmosphere, whilst receiving a world class education. TeamBath will support swimmers’ home clubs by offering training during term time.
The club already has members ranging from complete beginners to England and GB training squad members, and intends to compete both competitive and recreational teams from 2017. This will include competing in the English Champs, British Masters and European Open Events. The club will ensure all members have pathways available to them to become coaches, assessors and judges.
The club has open membership for swimmers from 16 years of age so if you, or anyone you know, are considering studying at the University of Bath, Bath Spa University, Bath College, or even simply live within travelling distance, please do not hesitate to make contact.
A Synchro Swimmer's Life
Video by Ilaria Brandimarte of Team Bath Synchro.
The first TeamBath Synchro International Summer Camp at the University of Bath in August 2017 catered for 22 athletes. Read more.
Taunton Deane Synchro
The Club welcomes girls and boys aged between 5 and 21 years who can swim the 3 basic strokes, front crawl, back crawl and breaststroke in reasonable style and can also swim under water. Gymnasts and dancers are particularly welcome.
Synchronised swimming has been running in Taunton since the 1970’s. An Olympic sport that requires fitness and stamina, artistic swimming takes place as a team of up to 10 swimmers, as a duet or even as a solo. There are opportunities with Taunton Deane Synchro to attend development days, where the swimmers can do gymnastics, dance, pilates and have qualified coaching in the water.
If you like dancing or gymnastics, synchro uses both of these skills and in our sessions we work on figures, skill levels, team work, stamina and also breath control which is important when performing upside-down parts of synchro. We also offer some land based training for core stability which is another important skill. The club undertakes Swim England NTP levels 8-10, recreational grades and skill levels as well as entering local competitions, but we also emphasise the fun side of swimming too which helps build club/team spirit. So why not come along and have a go?
The Teachers / Coaches are volunteers and hold Swim England Synchro Teachers and Examiners qualifications.
Sessions are held at:
- Wellington School Pool, Wellington - Tuesdays and Wednesdays 6.30 - 8.00pm and at
- Station Road Pool, Taunton - Fridays 7.30 - 9.00pm (first 22 Jul then from 5 Aug 2016) and alternate Saturdays 5pm to 6pm (from 6 Aug 2016).
(dates and times given on joining)
Swimmers have to become members of the club with annual subscription and have to pay in advance for the sessions.
Swimmers interested in joining the group should contact our Synchro Secretary Alyson Bashford at email@example.com or 01823 662243 or Sarah Todd on 01823 335123. So go on why not contact Alyson or Sarah to take part!
If you live in the north of the County and prefer to attend Artistic Swimming sessions in Bristol or follow the sport's 'Pathway' you may wish to contact:
Georgina Coombs of Bristol Central Synchro firstname.lastname@example.org
Somerset ASA Synchro Championships are held as part of the annual Regional Synchro competition if a member of a Somerset Synchro club is recommended to those events by their coach or on a County level and are marked by the award of County trophies numbered 29 and 33.
There are four levels of English artistic swimming competition
- Level 1 Competitions are designed as an introduction to the competitive side of the sport. These events are run by either clubs or counties and feature figures competitions only.
- Level 2 Competitions are also a grass roots event but will involve higher entry standards and may include a free combination team event as well as figures.
- Level 3 Competitions introduce free routines for the first time and will typically be a regional event. Swimmers between nine and 12 years old will be expected to have achieved at least grade 2 while swimmers over 13 will need to be at least grade 3 standard.
- Level 4 Competitions are national events for the most competitive swimmers in the country who have achieved high figure grades.
View further information on synchro competitions on the Swim England website. Adult and Masters artistic swimming competitions operate slightly differently, with no grades required to enter.