What is synchro?
Synchronised swimming (synchro) combines elements of swimming, dancing and gymnastics in the water.Synchro was adopted by FINA in the early 60s as a sport with two competitive sections. Below are some positions defined by FiNA that you can find in the synchro section of the FINA website.
FiguresProgression between positions performed without music in plain costumes. These positions have some obvious names such as ‘ballet leg’ and some not graceful sounding such as ‘cyclone’. You can find up-to-date figures and technical requirements for competiton on the FINA website.
RoutinesChoreographed to music with thematic costumes, swum in solo, duet and team events. There are different types of routines such as technical routines where required elements must be performed and free routines where there are no restrictions on music, content and choreography.
Performing to music
Synchro facilities have special speakers under the water so competitors can hear the music. In Victoria, we have a number of pools that enable this. In addition, the MSAC
This is a sport that can take you to the Olympics. Work really hard at training, do well at competitions and you might get the attention of selectors. Selectors look at your fitness, your commitment and your synchronised swimming ability.
Very little is needed to start synchro. Swimmers wear nose clips to prevent water from going up their noses as they do complex movements in the water. A swimming cap keeps the hair out of your eyes as you turn upside down.
To start, you can grab your bathers and contact your nearest club to ask about a trial session. Most clubs are happy to give you a trial because they are confident that once you’re tried it, you’ll be keen to continue.