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Synchronised Swimming Development Options

AQS062 Development Pathway for a Synchronised Swimmer

The sport of Synchronised Swimming has different development pathways depending on whether a swimmer chooses to be recreational or competitive. Whatever direction is chosen, synchronised swimming provides an opportunity to improve water skills, to get fit and to be creative.  Examples of different pathways are given below:

Aquafun

Aquafun classes promote confidence in the water at the same time as developing basic swimming and synchronised swimming skills. This is where most swimmers who are just starting out in synchronised swimming would begin their journey.  Aquafun students are given the opportunity to work towards Aquavision Aquafun /Pre Synchronised swimming Awards and would compete in the Interclub Recreational Novice Figure Competition once a year. Like all other swimmers in Aquavision they are given the chance to perform in club displays.  Aquafun sessions usually run once or twice a week.

Recreational Synchronised Swimming

Recreational Swimmers are those that have moved into the Synchronised swimming Section of the club. This means they start to develop more advanced Synchronised swimming skills and they can start progressing towards the Aquavision Synchronised swimming Awards. These awards are split into Bronze, Silver and Gold according to difficulty. The swimmer will also at this stage keep progressing stroke technique in order to start increasing fitness levels. This means that the swimmer can then start to be involved in more interesting routine work, whether this be a team, solo or duet. The volume of training sessions would increase at this level to several per week.

Once a swimmer has achieved all Aquavision Awards they can then move onto the ASA Skill Level Awards. These progress from Skill level 1 – basic skills, through to advanced skill level 5. Alongside these skill levels, swimmers are eligible to compete in various competitions in the Recreational strand (as long as they meet the competition requirements). Training sessions for this level increases to between 4 and 6 sessions a week (depending on age) and includes land work – consisting of core strength training and flexibility – as well as pool sessions. There will be a larger emphasis on fitness both in and out of the water at this stage in order to help with Routine work.

Competitive Synchronised Swimming

To be classed as a competitive Synchronised Swimmer, certain ASA Skill Levels must be attained by a certain age. All training sessions allocated should be attended at this stage and to meet these requirements a swimmer needs dedication, commitment and self motivation. Often extra work needs to be done outside of club time e.g. flexibility needs to be done every day at home as well as core strength work. Increased water fitness sessions may also need to be added into the programme.  Competitive swimmers can compete at Regional and National Level (if they meet the competition requirements) and are eligible to be selected onto various England training squads.

Below are the standards needed in order to be classed as a competitive swimmer:

Age

Skill Level Entry

Events

9/10 years

Figures

Skill Level 2

Figures

11/12 years

Competitive

Skill level 2

Figures

9/10/11 and  12 years

Competitive

Skill Level 2

Skill Level 3

Skill Level 3

Free Team

Solo

Duet

13/14 years

Competitive

Skill Level 3

Skill Level 3

Skill Level 4

Skill Level 4

Figures

Free Team

Solo

Duet

15-17 years

Competitive

Skill Level 4

Skill Level 4

Skill Level 5

Skill Level 5

Figures

Free Team

Solo

Duet

18-19 years

Competitive

Skill Level 5

Skill Level 5

Skill Level 5

Figures

Solo

Duet

 

Masters Swimming and Synchronised Swimming

Aquavision also has its own Masters section for those 25 years and over. This is a great way to try out the sport at the same time as increasing fitness, strength, flexibility, being creative and to meet new friends. There are various Masters Synchronised Swimming competitions throughout the year that can be entered if swimmers meet the competition requirements.