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).
Download the latest rules document from FINA for the latest figures and required elements for technical routines.
Courses and Summer Camp
We promoted details on START Synchro, a Swim England funded programme to increase participation in synchronised swimming. The programme is designed to link primary schools with local clubs / operators by offering dry land Synchro activities and signposting interested participants to a free pool taster session in order to provide a complete experience of the sport.
Taunton Deane submitted a successful proposal and has received a grant to run START synchro sessions working with primary schools.
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.
Team Bath Synchro Club held a FREE taster Session on 6 Jan 2019 at University of Bath and 37 athletes signed up for the September 2018 taster sessions so we recommend booking early The follow-on 8 week 'Learn to Sync' course is available for those who like it. View details.
By popular demand, City of Bristol Aquatics also offered a 10 week starter course from 1 Sep 2018 (8am to 8.30am) at Filton Leisure Centre for just £60 to budding artistic swimmers aged 7-10 years.
40 athletes aged 7 - 18 from across the UK and abroad joined TeamBath Synchro Club for an amazing four days of inspirational Artistic Swimming focussed training at the University of Bath's 2012 Olympic Legacy pool from 18-21 August 2018, including a one day course for novice and younger swimmers on 21 August where new swimmers could have a taste of synchro or enjoy a full day's practice if just starting out. View report.
The Club is planning to hold their 2019 Summer Camp between 27 Aug and 2 Sep at the University of Bath 2012 Legacy Pool which will feature water work, strength and conditioning, artistic gymnastics, ballet, yoga, as well as nutrition and sport psychologist workshops, and international synchro coaches. Enquiries are already coming in!
Grade Assessment Day
There will be a Grade Assessment day on 26 Jan 2019 at Burnham Leisure Centre including routine grades as well as figure grades. We also advertised the 23 Jun Grade Assessment day and also the 3 March 2018 event which included a Level 1 judges update in the morning.
Representatives attended the Synchro Conference held on 13/14 January 2018 in Loughborough to update all level 2 and 3 judges.
We promoted the Masters Synchro Conference 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 based at University of Bath STV and Taunton Deane Swimming offer Artistic Swimming sessions to their members. City of Bristol and University of Bristol Synchronised Swimming Club also offer opportunities to train and progress.
Team Bath Synchro Club
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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.
Head Coach Ilaria Brandimarte, who made her British artistic swimming debut at the European Championships in Glasgow 2018, was shortlisted for Sports Personality of the Year in the 2018 Bath Sports Awards. Brandimarte was awarded Somerset ASA Young Volunteer of the Year at our 2018 AGM in recognition of her contribution to Team Bath Synchro Club which was runner-up for Bath Sports Awards' Community Club of the Year.
Team Bath Synchro Club held its first ever Christmas show on Sunday 16 December 2018 at the University of Bath.
Get in touch with Team Bath Synchro Club for details of their next one day taster sessions which take place at University of Bath's 2012 Legacy Pool.
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.
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 and alternate Saturdays 5pm to 6pm.
(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 get in touch with our Synchro Secretary Alyson Bashford (contact details) or Sarah Todd on 01823 335123. So go on why not contact Alyson or Sarah to take part!
City of Bristol
Video: City of Bristol and GB synchronised swimmers Kate Shortman and Izzy Thorpe show off their underwater world as they aim to qualify for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.
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
The University of Bristol Synchronised Swimming Club was founded in March 2018 with the help of Swim England Support University Funding and is going from strength to strength.
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.
The 2019 date(s) of the Somerset Synchronised Swimming Championships to be announced.
View report on the 2018 County competition which had to be rescheduled at short notice from 18 July to 13 October due to pool chlorine levels being dangerously high.
The South West Region Skills event (qualifier for the National Skills in July) was held in Plymouth on Saturday 12 May 2018.
The South West Novice Figures and Routines competition was held at Plymouth Life Centre with all synchro clubs taking part.
The National Age Group competition featuring Solo, Duet and Team events was held at Gloucester on 24/25 November 2018. View report. The whole competition calendar is undergoing a shake up in 2019, with NAGs being held again on 2/3 March 2019 at Manchester Aquatics Centre in Manchester (view details). Multi regional and other competitions will also have to be brought forward so this will be a challenge!
The 15-18 years category has been moved into The Swim England Synchronised Swimming National Championships 2019 which take place at Harvey Hadden Sports Village in Nottingham on 27 – 28 April 2019. The highest level of domestic competition for English synchronised swimmers features technical and free routine competitions for Solo, Duet and Team events.
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.