What Are Synchro Grades?January 9, 2017
Since January 2017, Swim England Synchronised Swimming have run a three-strand award system for athletes; Figure Grades, Routine Grades and Land Grades.
As you progress as a synchronised swimmer you will need to have your synchro grades tested before you can enter certain competitions. Learn about the different requirements here.
There are six synchro grades which provide an increasing test of ability for athletes on their age group figures.
These grades support swimmer long term athlete development (LTAD) and ensure each athlete performs to their very best standard before moving to their next grade.
Each grade has three levels (gold, silver and bronze) so all athletes have the ability to perfect their figures before moving to the next grade.
- Click here to view the six synchro figure grades and the elements required for each.
There are five routine grades which provide an increasing test of ability for athletes on their routine skills.
These grades compliment the figure grades and ensure athletes are developing their transitions, speed of movement and hybrids ready for solos, teams and routines as they develop.
- Click here to view the five synchro routine grades and the elements required for each.
There are five land grades which provide an increasing test of ability for athletes on their land skills.
These grades compliment the figure and routine grades, and ensure athletes are developing core strength, flexibility and speed of movement on land which transfer to the pool through figures and routines.
These grades will be released in January 2018 and, once produced, the grade booklets will refer to movements, positions and stretches for each grade. A ‘Guide to Marking Levels’ document will provide further clarification on these skills.
Swimmers can pass these synchro grades at assessment days which take place throughout the year. You can view a list of upcoming testing days on the right (desktop) or bottom (mobile and tablet) of this page.
Alternatively, click here to head to the Swim England Calendar to search manually.
Application forms will typically be available around six weeks before the start of the assessment.
Synchro Grades Resources
Download useful resources about the England synchro grades using the library folder below. These include marking guides for each grade, as well as a general conditions document and height chart.