The Intro to Synchro program runs twice a year (Fall and Winter sessions) and is a good way for young swimmers or swimmers new to the sport of Synchronized Swimming (Artistic Swimming) to try to try it out, learn some basic synchro skills and create fun routines for the Watershows. No previous sycnhro or competitive wimming experience required.
The Pre-Competitive program is typically a stepping block towards the Competitive program. The swimmers do not compete in meets, but are expected to master more challenging skills and gain proficiency in routines and routine elements. Swimmers will typically swim a team routine as well as a duet and or a solo routine to highlight their specific strengths and talents. It is not required to have swam in the Intro program prior, but the swimmer's ability will be assessed to determine if this program is the best fit if entering it with no previous synchro experience. Basic skills will be reviewed and used to build upon for new and more challenging kills and figures. Swimmers do not have to move up to the Competitive program if they prefer to swim at a recreational level; they will be expected to reach a higher level of skill and mastery of the sport as they continue in each year however. Pre-Comp swimmers will display their hard work in their routines during the Watershows primarily.
The Competitive program runs 3 times a week and follows the Synchro Alberta guidelines for competitions in Alberta. Swimmers aged 8-18 can compete in this program and will work towards their optimal peak performance. There are typically 2-4 competitions per year plus possible extra optional competitions on occasion. The swimmers and coaches begin by focusing on required figures, physical fitness, and selecting music for their routines in preparation for competitions. Swimmers will focus on being part of a team routine and may also have an opportunity to perform a solo routine and/or to participate in a duet at the discretion of the coaches. They will also showcase these routines at the Christmas and Spring Water Shows hosted by our club. This program is fairly demanding and requires commitment to extra out of pool time as needed.
The Masters program is designed for previous synchro swimmers who have aged out of the main stream of the Synchro Alberta program (18+) and also for those who are 18+ who have NO previous synchro experience. Basic swimming ability is suggested, but no formal swimming courses or programs are required to join. This is a fun program, with no competitions (for this club currently) where any adult can learn something new, express their artistic side, and meet some new friends! The Masters typically create a team routine to show off at the Watershows, and occasionally create duets and or solos.
The Mermaid programs were created as a fun new way to get young (and old) swimmers interested in something new, and in Synchronized Swimming. The Youth classes focus on basic skills, learning how to move in a monofin, safety, and having fun. Young mermaids will learn some basic synchro moves to create fun mermaid tricks and a mini routine(s) to show off at the Watershows. The Adult program is a fun way to combine a bit of water aerobics with the resistance of the monofin and have some fun learning a few mermaid tricks!