How often should I train?
Many of our swimmers currently train twice a week. Anything less than that it will be difficult to progress.
What does training consist of?
Training involves regular lap swimming for fitness, endurance and aerobic capacity. There is also a warm-up and stretching component. Then the coach will teach the swimmers figures (the synchronised swimming movements). Finally, they will choreograph and practice a routine comprising various figures to music.
Who can be a coach?
Coaches need to complete a Level 1 Synchronised Swimming Training Course. To get full accreditation you also need a current first aid certificate. Some clubs prefer if you have vicswim teaching accreditation also.
What equipment will I need for training?
Training equipment is very simple and your club will be able to help you source the right equipment. You will probably need:
- Nose clips
- Swim caps
Training mats are used for stretching but are usually provided by your club.
For routines in competitions special bathing costumes are used to complement the music and choreography.