The Guelph Synchronized Swim Club is an amateur non-profit club which teaches and promotes the sport of synchronized swimming. The club is affiliated with Synchro Canada and Synchro Ontario. Guelph Synchro is a growing club that welcomes new members; offering programs for disabled, recreational and competitive synchronized swimmers.
For more information about our club, see our GSSC Handbook 2011_2012.
- to motivate each swimmer to their fullest potential
- to develop a high degree of discipline in athletic training
- to promote healthy lifestyles and team camaraderie
- to develop the poise, grace, sportsmanship and leadership qualities
Synchronized Swimming is a hybrid form of swimming, dance and gymnastics, consisting of swimmers performing a synchronized routine of elaborate moves in the water, accompanied by music, which the athletes can hear by way of an underwater speaker.
Synchro was an exhibition sport at the Olympic Games from 1948 to 1968 but did not make it’s full medal event debut until the 1984 games in Los Angeles. At the Olympic level the sport is open to the duet and team events, while the National, Provincial and Regional levels may compete also in figures and solo, both individual events. All routine events are performed to music within a time limit.
Competitors show off their strength, flexibility, and aerobic endurance required by performing difficult routines in front of judges. Athletes perform individual figures, technical Synchro specific skills, in front a panel of 5 judges, while their routine performances are judged by a panel of artistic and technical judges who award them marks out of a possible 10.
Offering programs from Recreational to National, Guelph Synchro promotes the development of highly skilled competitive, recreational and disabled synchronized swimmers. In addition to the development of Synchro specific skills, our athletes will also develop endurance, strength, power, suppleness (flexibility) and grace.
The goal of GSSC is to promote long-term development of our athletes and coaches by involving our athletes in a healthy, active lifestyle at an affordable price. We hope our athletes will be able to maximize the qualities of teamwork and achieve life long goals.
The goal of Guelph Synchronized Swim Club (GSSC) is to raise awareness and participation of Synchronized Swimming and, in particular, the Club in the City of Guelph and surrounding areas.
To keep our athletes involved in a healthy, active lifestyle by participating in recreational and competitive programming at an affordable price. Our hope is that in the future, swimmers will apply the value of maintaining a healthy and active lifestyle and maximize the qualities of teamwork and focused group effort to achieve life long goals.
The Guelph Parks and Recreation Department originally offered a recreational synchronized swimming program for many years through Victor Davis Pool. This allowed many Guelph children to be exposed to the sport. The program was one hour per week and offered progression through the Trillium Levels and a year-end show. In January of 1995, Parks and Recreation turned the program over to a group of parents who wished to see the girls have the opportunity to be involved in the sport on a competitive level. Hence the Guelph Synchronized Swim Club was born. Our current by-laws are here.
Since then the club has evolved to include Recreational through Nationally competitive teams as well as athletes participating on Provincial Teams.
The club is affiliated with the City of Guelph as well as the University of Guelph, holding practices out of Victor Davis Pool and the University pools.
GSSC is a tobacco-free club. Here is our GSSC Tobacco Free Policy.