Although the sparkly suits, facial expressions, and make up may make this look effortless this is a whole body and mind workout in a social and fun atmosphere.
Synchro is more than a standard fitness program. Flexibility is of high emphasis in artistic swimming, which is helpful in keeping aging bodies limber while joints are supported by the water. Artistic swimming also requires memorization of routines and knowledge of music, which helps expand swimmers’ mental capacity. As a social sport, swimmers form deep friendships through teamwork and helping each other learn choreography and skills lifting them up in day-to-day life moments as well as physically lifting each other up in the water. As skills improve and personal goals are met, swimmers build self-esteem. National competitions and outreach shows provide a deadline that many need to move forward with their goals.
Artistic swimming is a transformative but unique activity that builds personal health through exercise, community through friendships, and artistic expression through performance. We piece together up to hundreds of movements and create our swimsuit costumes to bring the feeling of our routine's theme to life.
No Longer Women-Only
While our sport has been female-only at the Olympic event and across a few meets for many years, in 2024 men will be able to compete in the Olympics for the first time. There are not gender requirements for our club or at the USA Artistic Swimming Masters Championships which we typically attend each October. If you are age 18+ and meet our membership requirements, you are welcome to swim with us.
Synchronized Swimming vs Artistic Swimming
In 2018 the international governing organization of aquatic sports FINA officially changed the name from synchronized swimming to artistic swimming at the international level. In 2020 USA Synchro governing body over our sport in the US changed their name to USA Artistic Swimming. Everyone around here still uses the names interchangeably and simply calls it "synchro" in most discussions.
Although the term "Masters" sounds quite elite we'd like to clarify that this simply means we are no longer considered youth or competitive collegiate in the world of Artistic Swimming. USA Artistic Swimming Masters Championships competitors are age 20+ and some international competitions require to be 25+. Your "synchro age" is the current calendar year minus your birth year. As long as you are 18+ and meet our general new swimmer requirements, you are welcome to swim with us.