Our Recreational Program is fun and a great way to develop swimming skills. Many of Guelph’s competitive synchronized swimmers started out in this program and discovered their passion for the sport.
Participants in this program learn the basics of synchronized swimming, including the eggbeater, sculling, basic figures and body positions in a fun-filled environment. Swimmers will be introduced to team concept and team spirit, while learning life-long skills of commitment, discipline, pride, respect, self-esteem and positive body image. Our Recreational Program is designed and developed around the Canadian Sport for Life (CS4L) – Long Term Athlete Development (LTAD) phases to promote healthy activity at all ages and to enhance the development of flexibility, endurance and strength in the execution of skills. Guelph’s Recreational Program follows the Synchro Ontario Trillium Awards Program, which is a step-by-step instruction and evaluation of on-deck, swimming and synchro-specific figure and routine skills.
GSSC is also introducing a new Synchro Ninjas! program specifically designed for boys. This program will focus on strength and endurance training in the water while learning basic synchronized swimming skills.
In addition, all swimmers will have the opportunity to perform their routines in front of parents, friends and family at our Club’s showcases.
New for the 2018-19 Season – recreation swimmers will have an option to participate in a recreational competition in April(more information on this will be provided to families at the beginning of the season).
Our recreational programs are for swimmers with no experience in synchronized swimming and returning recreational swimmers. For registration form, please download and complete our registration package.
Want a team experience? Learn about our Novice program!
The recreational sessions run September thru May. There will be 3 opportunities for parents, friends and family to view athletes in water showcases. Please watch online calendar for session updates (such as pool closures and holiday breaks).
Intro to Synchro Program – Available beginning in January 2019
Our “Intro to Synchro” Program is fun and a great way to develop swimming skills. Participants in this program learn the basics of synchronized swimming, including the eggbeater, sculling, basic figures and body positions in a fun-filled environment. This program is designed for boys and girls aged 8-12 with no synchronized swimming experience. The lessons are one hour in length for 9 weeks, including a performance at our College Royal Watershow! The swimmers will do 10-15 minutes of land warm up and then 45-50 minutes of in-pool practice.
Length: 1 hour per week
Offered: Wednesdays 5:00 – 6:00 pm OR 6:00 – 7:00 pm @ University of Guelph Red Pool
Cost: $125 for 9 weeks
Little Mermaids (ages 5-7)
Swimmers will start learning basic skills (sculling, body position) that are the fundamentals of synchronized swimming in a fun-filled environment. Swimmers will learn basic routine skills such as patterns, traveling and counting to music.
Requirements: Swimmers should have some basic swimming ability
Length: 1.5 hours per week
Offered: Tuesdays 5-5:30pm dryland; 5:30-6:30pm pool @ Centennial
Cost: $720.00 ($80/month)
*NEW* Synchro Ninjas! (Boys Ages 7-12)
This NEW program is specifically designed for boys. This program will develop water ninja skills like deep water swimming, diving and water somersaulting. This is great for boys that love swimming, strength training and endurance activities. Swimmers will begin to learn basic skills (sculling, diving and swim strokes) that are the fundamentals of synchronized swimming in a fun-filled environment. These skills will be showcased at the water shows!
Length: 1.5 hours per week
Offered: Saturdays 12:30 – 1:00 dryland strength training; 1:00 – 2:00 pool
Cost: $720 ($80.00/month)
Star Fish (ages 8-10)
Swimmers, will concentrate on fundamental synchro skills such as eggbeater, layouts and sculling positions and continue to develop routine skills.
Requirements: should be able to swim one to two widths of the pool
Length: 2.0 hours per week
Offered: Saturdays 12:30-1:00pm dry land; 1:00-2:30 pool @ UofG
Cost: $954 ($106.00/month)
Sea Turtles (ages 9-12)
Swimmers will concentrate on fundamental synchro skills such as eggbeater, layouts and sculling positions and continue to develop routine skills.
Requirements: should be able to swim three to four widths of the pool
Length: 2.5 hours per week
Offered: Saturdays 12:30-1:00pm dry land; 1:00-3:00 pool @ UofG
Cost: $1188.00 (132.00/month)
Dolphins (ages 13-15)
Swimmers will concentrate on fundamental synchro skills such as eggbeater, layouts and sculling positions and continue to develop routine skills. This program is available once or twice per week.
Saturdays: 2.5 hours per week
12:30-1:00 dry land; 1:00-3:00 pool) – University of Guelph Red Pool
Cost: $1,188.00 ($132.00/month)
- a one piece bathing suit, nose plug, swim cap, goggles
- flip flops, towel
- Big smiles and ready to try new things!
Please note GSSC has swim caps, nose plugs and goggles for purchase at cost.
Frequently Asked Questions: FAQs
Recreational programs 2018-19 (September – May): Registration package
Please refer to our online calendar for most recent schedule.
For more information about the recreation program, please contact our Novice/Recreational Director at firstname.lastname@example.org. For registration questions, please contact the Registrar at email@example.com.