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Skills and grades

As an existing synchronised swimmer you will need to have your skill(s) tested before you can enter certain competitions. Learn about the different requirements here.

In order to compete, you must have passed the relevant skill level. Your coach will be able to tell you which level is needed for which competition.

If you would prefer not compete then you should concentrate on the recreational grades.

You can find what needs to be completed for each recreational grade here.

Or find the requirements for the Skill Levels here:

NB: The 2006 version of the Recreational Grades and the January 2014 versions of the Skill Levels are the most up-to-date available.

All assessors have a Guide to Marking Levels which they will use to assess how far out of the water a swimmer has performed their movement.

You can download a Swimmer’s Handbook here to record the skill level or grade you have taken and whether you passed or failed.

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