Members attend up to six training sessions
each week depending upon the skill level that they have reached.
A number of different activities take place at these sessions.
To progress in the sport, and through the club it will be necessary
to take various skills or recreational grades from 1-5. Part of
some of the training sessions are devoted to learning and practising
At some of the sessions we work on routines either in teams or
duets and as we approach a competition the amount of time devoted
to practising routines increases.
Synchronised swimmers need to be good swimmers and possess a high
level of stamina. Part of the training at all sessions is oriented
to developing this strength and stamina and one session each week
is specifically dedicated to this.
Muscle stretching is important to develop the flexibility required
to perform the various moves involved in synchro and to help avoid
injuries. We normally hold a stretch class before our Sunday training
session to teach the various stretches which should be practised
at home as often as possible.
A typical 1.5 hour training session might involve 30 minutes of
intensive laned swimming using a variety of strokes and techniques.
This would typically be followed by 30 minutes practising skills
and 30 minutes working on routines.
Our Chief Coach Allison is assisted by some of the senior swimmers
who now hold the coaching qualification at Level 1 and sometimes
by parents who have a poolside qualification.