Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)


Mermaids: Does my swimmer need their own mermaid tail?

No. The GP Synquatics Club owns 12 monofins that are used for classes. If a swimmer owns their own monofin and or tail, they are allowed to bring it also. It is advised to put the swimmer's name on their personal tail somewhere to ensure it doesn't get lost. Tail skins (the pretty scale looking part of a full tail) are NOT required, and there are many resources on the Mermaid homepage for finding one, or making your own. A really good alternative to a skin is to wear leggings - this allows swimmers to keep the mermaid look and illusion while not having the restriction of a full tail skin has on the legs.


Mermaids: What is the Mermaid swim test and when is it?

The swim ability test for all new Mermaids will typically be held on the first class during the warm-up portion of the practice. Please be sure to arrive to practices early so that we can go over and review important safety information about swimming in a monofin and a mermaid tail.
The swim test is a way for the coach to assess the swimming ability of each swimmer to ensure that they will be able to successfully and safely swim in the Mermaid program. It also helps the coach assess the instructing needs of each swimmer to ensure they get the best possible experience out of the program.


What program should I put my swimmer in?

Please contact our head coach if you need assistance choosing a program for your child.


Does my child need to know how to swim to join Artistic swimming?

All swimmers who join us need to have their Red Cross Level 5 or be able to swim 50 metres (2 pool lanes) unassisted and be comfortable in deep water.


Mermaids: Do I need to be a good swimmer?

Swimmers need to have Red Cross level 5 or be able to swim 50 metres (2 pool lanes) and be comfortable in deep water. No Artistic Swimming experience is necessary. Classes will utilize noodles, flutter boards, and the pool walls; swimmers are more than welcome to wear a life vest or a flotation belt.


Mermaids: What ages can join Adult Mermaids?

To join Adult Mermaids you must be 16 years or older.


Where can I find dates and times for programs?

All program times are posted on our website calendar. You can check our website or Facebook page for any possible cancellations or schedule changes.


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