Starting Out

Getting into synchronised swimming couldn’t be easier. Children looking to take up the sport need to:

  1. Learn the basics as part of the Swim England Learn to Swim Pathway
  2. Join a club to develop and progress through their synchro grades

Childen can be introduced to the sport as part of the Swim England Learn To Swim Pathway while there are also opportunities for adults to get involved to improve their fitness or simply to try something new.

For more on joining a synchronised swimming club go to our Find a Club page here.

Getting into synchronised swimming through swimming lessons

Getting into synchronised swimming can be done as part of swimming lessons. These can be delivered by a club or by your pool operator.

Ask your swimming teacher about it. It is known as stages, or levels, 8-10 of the Aquatics Skills Framework (click the images below for what you need to do to pass stages 8-10 in synchro).

Sculling and eggbeater

The two most important synchro moves that you will be taught in stages 8 – 10 are sculling and eggbeater. These are vital to synchro:

  • Sculling is the hand movement that propels the body and is the most essential part of synchronised swimming.
  • Eggbeater is a form of treading water that allows you to remain stable above the water while leaving the hands free to perform strokes. Swimmers can also perform ‘boosts’, where they use their legs to propel themselves out of the water.

Once a swimmer has mastered the basics of the Aquatics Skills Framework, they can start working towards the achieving synchro grades for figures and routines.

Getting into synchronised swimming through Swim England Awards

Swim England’s Synchronised Swimming Grade Awards are progressive stages that introduce figures over six stages and routine skills over five stages.

This pathway is also the entry qualification for competition at all levels of the sport.

Swim England synchronised swimming grade awards

The Grade Awards offer swimmers a tangible way of monitoring their progress and success as they move through each grade, collecting stickers for bronze, silver and gold levels to track incremental improvements within each grade. Each certificate also come with matching pin badges they can showcase on their bags and club kit.

Find out more about the Synchro Grades in our synchronised swimmer development pages where you can watch videos demonstrating each element for each stage of the grading pathway.

How do adults get involved?

There are an increasing number of opportunities for adults to get involved with synchronised swimming in England.

Whether it is for fitness or a new challenge, you can learn synchronised swimming at a number of clubs across the country.

  • Click here to find out more about Masters synchronised swimming.