Program Information

Victoria Synchro Competitive Masters Program is for synchronized swimmers who are 19+ (by the end of 2020) who would like to continue swimming competitively and attend Masters competitions. 

The Masters season runs from mid September 2019 until the end of April 2020.

There are two main BC competitions, the Provincial Qualifiers in February 2020 and the Provincial Championships in April 2020.

Our recreational programs provide fun, fitness, and encouragement for swimmers who are at least four years old.

Swimmers that participate in our recreational programs will learn skills from Canada Artistic Swimming (formerly Synchro Canada)'s Star Program.  They will be learning synchronized swimming specific techniques and skills, working as a team and learning a routine which they will have an opportunity of doing at our club water show.

Our coaches determine when a swimmer may be ready to move to one of our competitive programs.

After being assessed by our coaches a swimmer may be invited to join one of our competitive programs.  A competitive team is the next step up and is designed for swimmers who want to build their basic skills, work as a team, swim routines, and compete. Athletes need to be at least 8 years old to participate on a team.

Team structure in the Competitive Stream is based on age groupings.  The first level of competitive synchronized swimming is the Provincial Stream.  Athletes work individually and as a team on achieving personal bests, they compete within the province.

This program is suggested for those that have learned basic synchronized swimming skills. In this stream the athletes are grouped according to ages. The age groups for this stream are: 10& Under, 11/12, 13-15, and 16-20.

Athletes will participate on teams, duets, solos or a combination of above at the coach's discretion. The training hours depend on the age group and amount of routines, and ranges from approx. 5-12 hours a week. In this stream they will work on  further developing the skills learned in the recreational program and on learning as many synchro specific skills as possible, including flexibility, strength, and speed development. Swimmers are encouraged to participate in gymnastics and dance outside of synchro practices.

Competitions

At this level there are 1-2 training meets and typically 2 Routine Competitions.
Occasionally there is an opportunity for an optional meet as well.

You can find the 2019-2020 meet schedule on the website under the 'Reference' tab, as more information is available this will be updated.

Swimmers are invited to this level as their skills progress and mature. This program is for those swimmers who want to compete at a National level and want to specialize in the sport of synchronized swimming.  They typically have competed in the Provincial Stream before moving to National Stream.

Our National Stream Athletes will compete according to their age. The categories are 13-15, Junior and Senior. Swimmers are placed on teams according to their age and skill level. These athletes will be selected to swim on teams, solos, duets or a combination of these routines at the discretion of the coaches.

National Stream athletes have chosen to specialize in synchro, therefore the number of training hours are greater than for the Provincial Stream program, typically 15-20 hours per week.

Training Schedule

  • Pool training - four to five + days per week, depending on age. 
  • Land drill, stretching, and strength training - 2 or more times a week.
  • At home, elite swimmers should spend a 1/2 hour a day stretching and doing land drill for routines.

Competitions
In a season there are typically 1-2 training meets, followed by a Provincial Qualifiers and a Provincial Championships within BC.  Then the first Canada Artistic Swimming national meet, Qualifiers, takes place followed by the Canadian National Championships for those that qualify.  The national meets may take place anywhere in Canada.

You can find the 2019-2020 meet schedule on the website under the 'Reference' tab, as more information is available this will be updated.