Currently Swim England Hertfordshire do not hold an annual Synchronised Swimming Championships but this is something that is being looked at and should change in the future.
A sychronised swimmer should progress via County, Regional and ultimately National Level Championships.
Generally Sychronised Swimming Competitions are split into figures and routines. All swimmers have to compete in figures but there are usually limits as to how many routines a club can enter into each category. Routine categories are solo, duet and team. With figures, each category has three of four figures which they complete with each figure watched by a panel of five judges. The highest and lowest scores are deducted and an average of the other three marks is used along with taking into account the degree of difficulty of the figure.
This link takes you to the Swim England East Region Synchro results page.
Synchro Helpers Course
Saturday the 23rdof Feb saw 10 enthusiastic volunteers come together at Goffs Academy Cheshunt for a Synchro Specific helpers course run by National Development Manager Sarah Darragh.
We had good representation from across the county with representatives from Aqualina, Hatfield and Dacorum clubs. Also attending were 2 representatives from Chelmsford SSC.
The generic Helpers course has been adapted to focus on discipline specific training to teach basic synchro skills, such as sculling, eggbeater and various figures like an oyster, tub, back layout and a bent knee. As well as learning how to teach these skills candidates got to experience the skills and figures for themselves during a pool session.
All who attended found the day extremely informative and many felt a lot more confident about going back to their clubs to support their Coaches in running training sessions. The Grand Finale of the day was a group routine that all candidates took part in.
Synchronised Swimming events require referees, judges, scorers, callers, clerks and timekeepers as well as other helpers to run.
The Region runs courses for level 1 and 2 judges as well as courses for scorers.
No technical knowledge is required for callers, clerks and timekeepers and parents often fill these essential roles to enable competitions to run.
Find out more about synchro official’s training courses.
Contact the Synchronised Swimming Manager, Tom Brennan