Love to Swim? Enjoy Dance? Want to be part of a Team?
Ready to Commit to a Sport? PROVINCIAL COMPETITIVE may be for YOU!
The Guelph Synchronized Swim Club’s competitive programs are developed and designed around the Canadian Sport for Life (CS4L) Long-Term Athlete Development (LTAD) model. Swimmers in the Provincial program gain valuable training that is focused on enhancing their synchro skills, increasing flexibility, developing core strength, learning choreography and most importantly, working as a cohesive team.
Athletes will learn life-long skills of discipline, commitment, pride, respect, self-esteem, and positive body image. In addition, swimmers with also develop their leadership skills, work ethic and goal-setting skills.
No previous synchronized swimming experience is necessary, although a commitment to the sport is required by all swimmers and parents in this program. All athletes are expected to attend practices, especially in the two weeks leading up to a meet or event.
All athletes in the Provincial program will be assessed and placed on teams that are age appropriate. As we are a non-profit volunteer led club, there will also be modest fundraising and volunteer requirements. Contact email@example.com for further information. Session costs are dependent on enrollment, team hours, and costs (such as facility rentals and coaching staff).
Swim Meets and Events
Provincial athletes may compete in figures, team, duet, and solo events. GSSC athletes normally attend 4-6 meets throughout the season. Competitors show off their strength, flexibility, and aerobic endurance required by performing difficult routines in front of judges. All routine events (team, duet, solo) are performed to music within a time limit.
When performing figures the athletes all wear black swimsuits and white caps. We loving refer to them as “penguins” in the stands! The athletes rotate through 4 stations performing and being judged on a different synchro figure at each station. One simple figure example is sailboat: the athlete swims out to the red marker in front of the judges, the athlete gets into layout position, slowly moves one leg into bent position touching extended leg, then slowly returns bent leg into extended position, and then exits the position and pool. Judges are watching for details such as pointy toes, smooth movement, bottoms not sinking, not travelling in water etc.
At a routine meet their team/solo/duet routine(s) performances are judged by a panel of artistic and technical judges who award them marks out of a possible 10. Throughout the season, the team will be building upon their routine based on judge feedback and team athletic ability.
At combination meets both figures and routines are performed and judged. The figure scores for the individual(s) adjust the routine score to create a “championship score” which is the place finish.
We normally host three Showcases throughout the season: Winter (last Saturday before break), College Royal (Saturday mid-March), and Spring (Saturday late April/early May). All levels of swimmers perform at these events and these showcases are a great opportunity for friends, family, and community to watch our athletes.
10 & Under “WHITE” Team
This team focuses on improving and perfecting basic synchro skills and gradually introducing more complicated skills. Swimmers will also focus on swimming strokes and flexibility training. This program is designed to introduce new families and athletes into the provincial level of the competitive stream of synchronized swimming. Swimmers who have previous synchronized swimming experience or are very strong swimmers and are committed to the sport will thrive in this program.
Typical Practice Schedule: 3 times a week (5.5 hours pool; 2.5 hours dry land) from September through to May/June
11-12 “TEAL” Team
This team focuses on improving and perfecting basic synchro skills. Swimmers will focus on “learning to train”. Swimmers will be introduced to an enhanced training program developed by our coaches to be developmentally appropriate while encouraging a greater dedication to sport and training.
Typical Practice Schedule: 3 times a week (6.5 hours pool; 3.0 hours dry land) from September through to May/June
13-15 “BLUE” Team
This team focuses on continuing to improve and perfect the basic and more advanced skills of synchronized swimming. Swimmers will focus on “training to train”. Athletes will be introduced and engaged in a training program developed by our coaches that focuses on both aerobic and anaerobic systems and strength building.
Typical Practice Schedule: 3 times a week (7.0 hours pool; 3.0 hours dry land) from September through to May/June
16-20 “BLACK” Team
This team focuses on continuing to improve and perfect the basic and more advanced skills of synchronized swimming. Swimmers will focus on “training to compete”. Athletes will be introduced and engaged in a training program developed by our coaches that focuses on solidifying their synchronized swimming skills. Swimmers should be committed to high-volume and high-intensity training throughout the year. Your aim is to eventually compete nationally!
Typical Practice Schedule: 3 times a week (7.5 hours pool; 2.5 hours dry land) from September through to May/June; additional dry land workout at home as directed by coach
Swimmers may be chosen to swim in a solo or duet with a swimmer in the same age group. We encourage all those interested in swimming an extra routine to attend the “assessment swim” in October. For all extra routines, the final selection is determined by the Head Coach. There is an additional fee for extra routines.
Swimmers aged 10 and under may be chosen to swim a duet “only” with a swimmer in the same age group. Practices will be determined based upon coach and pool availability.
Questions about the Provincial program should be directed to firstname.lastname@example.org