There is an increasing number of opportunities for adults interested in getting into synchronised swimming with taster sessions and classes designed to improve your fitness with synchro available all over the country.
As well as a challenging and different hobby to take up, the fitness benefits of synchro are huge – it tones your leg muscles, improves your upper body strength, helps boost your cardiovascular system, improves your balance and posture and helps develop your agility and flexibility.
It’s no wonder the likes of supermodels Kate Moss and Naomi Campbell have used synchronised swimming as way to keep in shape!
There are clubs for adults aged 20+ all over England called Masters clubs – head to Poolfinder to search for your nearest synchro club and ask if they have a Masters section.
You could also contact your regional ASA office to find out if there are any taster sessions taking place near you
KIDS STARTING OUT
Getting into synchronised swimming can be done as part of swimming lessons – ask your swimming teacher about it. It is known as stages, or levels, 8-10 of the ASA Aquatics Skills Framework (see below for what you need to do to pass stages 8-10 in synchro).
These three steps are known as AquaFun – a mixture of swimming, gymnastics and dancing. AquaFun is for 7-13 year olds and is all about learning the basics of synchronised swimming. The focus is on fun and you’ll be able to put your dance moves to good use in the water.
The two most important moves that you will be taught in AquaFun are sculling and the eggbeater. These are vital to synchro:
Sculls are the hand movements that propel the body and are the most essential part of synchronised swimming.
Eggbeater is a form of treading water that allows you to remain stable above the water while leaving the hands free to perform strokes. Swimmers can also perform ‘boosts’, where they use their legs to propel themselves out of the water.