Tuesday 13th November 2018,
Guelph Synchronized Swim Club

Novice FAQ

Can we try a lesson?2903203

Guelph Synchro offers several free Try Synchro sessions at the end of summer and over the winter break, where our coaches and volunteers introduce new swimmers to the basics of synchro. Just show up at the pool ready to swim. Watch our website for upcoming dates.

How do I register and pay?

Registration forms will be available on our website guelphsynchroswim.ca as soon as our pool dates are finalized (July), and will be provided at our Try Synchro sessions. We take most of our registrations in person, but you may scan and email your registration form to registrar@guelphsynchroswim.ca  or mail in to GSSC, P.O. Box 21044 35 Harvard Road Guelph, Ontario N1G 4T3.

Payment can be accepted in the form of cheque (pay to GSSC), cash or e-transfers. E-transfers should be sent to treasurer@guelphsynchroswim.ca  (be sure to email the password, swimmer name, parent name). Payment received secures your registration.

What do we need to bring to class?Guelph Now - GSSC

All novice swimmers are required to have a one-piece bathing suit, goggles, nose plug and swim cap. Please remember flip flops and towels for poolside. Club swimsuits and  gear sample sizes are available to try-on and orders are placed towards the end of September on GSSCs fitting evening. Once the club (or spacing) suits are in, swimmers are expected to wear these to practice (unless otherwise directed by the coach).

Do you sell any of the supplies if we’re missing them?

The Novice/Recreational Director will usually have swim caps, goggles, and nose plugs for sale “at cost”.

What happens at the GSSC fitting?16266137_10154112829572750_9081658177675229808_n

Club swimsuits (spacing suit), figure suits and gear sample sizes are available to try-on and orders are placed at GSSCs fitting evening. Novice and Provincial swimmers will be measured for their routine suits. This is a very busy event! Have you swimmer wear a suit, for easy and safe measuring. Be prepared with a cheque to place your order (may have e-transfer or billing option). Fitting is mandatory for novice athletes and typically held on the last Friday in September, but watch emails and Facebook for date.

Included in your fees are: routine suit (this is the fancy custom suit that the team wears during their musical routine)

Routin Suit

Routine Suit

For order (at cost) and required for Novice are: club t-shirt, black suit, club suit, swim caps (white and GSSC)
Also required are nose plugs and goggles, but you have the option to purchase through club or other source

For order (at cost) and recommended for Novice are: club jacket, club backpack

For order (at cost) and optional for Novice are: mesh swim bag, and more club gear for youth & adults (shirts, tanks, pants, sweatshirts etc.)

Club gear can also be purchased through the Novice/Recreational Director a few times throughout the season. Further inquires can be directed to novice@guelphsynchroswim.ca



What is land training?

At the novice level, land training primarily focuses on warming up and stretching the muscles. Dry land drilling is also a component of novice as they learn the routine through hand motions.

What are all those hand motions the coaches do?

2017_landAs swimmers progress through the levels and/or move into competitive programs, they will learn the secret language of synchro… each hand/arm movement and sequence represents a figure (element) in the water.  At the competitive level these motions become a core part of training referred to as land-drilling.

Please explain “synchro age” ?

As the synchro season bridges to calendar years, age is calculated based on the athletes age as of December 31st of the greater calendar year. For example: Jane is currently 7 years old and she is being registered in July 2017.  Her birthday is Oct 1st and she will be 8, she will be 9 before December 31st 2018. Jane is “synchro” 9 and will compete under that age group for figures. Assuming normal Ontario grade progression, this equivalency should help!

9-10 age group

9-10 age group

Grade 1, 2 = Synchro 8 and under

Grade 3, 4 = Synchro 9-10

Grade 5, 6 = Synchro 11-12

Grade 7, 8, 9 = Synchro 13-15

Grade 10, 11, 12 = Synchro 16-20

Please note, that depending on enrollment, teams may be formed based on average synchro age.

Can you give me an idea as to what the fundraising target would be?fundraising

As a club our aim is to keep the fees charged to families as low as possible, but in order to cover the pool and training costs each swimmer’s family is expected to assist with club fundraisers. You also have the option to participate in many individual fundraisers throughout the season. Individual fundraisers in 2017/18 will be credited to swimmers at 75% (unless otherwise noted).  Please note that individual fundraising  is a deferment of fees and not in addition to fees.
There are many ways to reach your fundraising target, including: sponsorships, Fundscrip (group code NUHGCS), and product sales (such as chicken, bulbs, hockey tickets).

Can you give me an idea as to what the volunteer hours would be? 

Volunteers at Guelph Storm

Volunteers at Guelph Storm

Volunteering is a great way to show support to your athlete and can be a good opportunity to get to know all the synchro families.

We need volunteers to run fundraising initiatives, help host events (e.g. water showcases, Storm 50/50, meets) etc.  We are a volunteer run club so your assistance is required to run the club successfully. Many hands make light work!

What is “synchro hair” ?

Synchro hair is dance hair plus! At most routine meets and at our showcases, the athletes will be asked to have their hair gelled. This is NOT your father’s gel! The athletes hair is first placed in a pony tail, divided into 3+ braids, wrapped into a bun, and then a special formula of gelatin is applied by paint brush.  When the gel cools it creates a water-tight protective layer on the athletes hair. The purpose is to keep perfect hair in the water.

Please click here for more information on gelling.


Do the athletes wear makeup?

For the purposes of Water Showcases and routine events, athletes will have makeup applied under the supervision of the coaching staff. Most swimmers really look forward to wearing makeup for these events. Please note that much of the make-up will disappear in the water!

When it comes to figure events, absolutely no makeup or adornment is allowed. All make-up, nail polish, and jewelry must be removed.