What is Synchronised Swimming?
It used to be known as 'water ballet' and this is a good starting point to see the sport because routines are essentially athletic movements performed in water and choreographed to music.
Synchronised Swimming is open to both male and female athletes but it is a sport dominated by women, mainly because the Olympic and World Championship competitions are not open to men.
Athletes perform routines that can be anything from two and a half minutes to five minutes long, depending on whether they perform alone or part of a team. The routines are made up of certain movements that are performed using certain basic positions.
- Increases strength
- Improves flexibility
- Whole body workout
- Improves Cardiovascular fitness
Any adult who wants to get involved should contact their local synchronised swimming club and attend an adult taster session. They last about an hour and you will learn all the basics of synchro such as swimming to music, speed swimming and sculling.