Recreational FAQs

Can we try a lesson?

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 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  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  (be sure to email the password, swimmer name, parent name). Payment received secures your registration.

What do we need to bring to class?

All recreational  swimmers are required to have a one-piece bathing suit, goggles, and swim cap. Nose plugs are highly recommended! Please remember flip flops and towels for poolside. 

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”.  We do not require you to purchase these items through GSSC.

If you are interested (recreational swimmers do not require) club swimsuits and  gear sample sizes are available to try-on and orders are placed towards the end of September on GSSCs fitting evening.. Club t-shirts can also be purchased through the Novice/Recreational Director a few times throughout the season. Further inquires can be directed to



What is land training?

At the recreation level, land training primarily focuses on warming up and stretching the muscles. The first 30 minutes of class will be spent on land.



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.


What is the showcase?

At the end of each recreation session we host a Club Showcase. This is the opportunity for the swimmers to show friends and family what they have learned, and practice showing big smiles for the crowd. Athletes will be told by their coaches when to arrive to prepare for the showcase. The coaches will help prepare the girls to be a part of the show. This typically includes helping the girls do their hair “synchro” which involves braiding the hair and creating buns.  The showcases are themed and all levels of athletes perform.


Water Showcase
Water Showcase
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