Synchronised swimming combines the disciplines of swimming, gymnastics and dance into one, amazing, challenging sport.

Along with being a great way to stay fit and active, there are many benefits to synchronised swimming including:

  • Time management
  • Goal setting
  • Encourages self confidence & resilience
  • Teaches self discipline and positive attitude.  
  • Helps athletes to develop the ability to deal with success and failure
  • Develops social skills and learning to work as a team
  • Teaches the importance of community

If you can swim and are confident in the water – you can be a synchronised swimmer!

In WA, we have classes for all age groups, from beginners to adult ‘masters’

…and it’s no longer just for girls.  In 2015, world aquatics governing body FINA added a mixed duet event to the schedule for the World Championships in Kazan, Russia. With pressure now on to enable men to compete in Synchro at Olympic level.

Typically, swimmers will start synchro around the age of 6 or 7 by joining one of the many ‘Recreational’ classes around WA and progress as their skills develop.

History

At the turn of the 20th century, synchronised swimming was known as water ballet. The first recorded competition was in 1891 in Berlin, Germany. Many swim clubs were formed around that time, and the sport simultaneously developed in Canada.

 

In 1907, Australian Annette Kellerman popularized the discipline when she performed in a glass tank as an underwater ballerina (the first water ballet in a glass tank) in the New York Hippodrome.

 

In 1933 and 1934, Katherine Whitney Curtis organized a show, “The Kay Curtis Modern Mermaids,” for the World Exhibition in Chicago. The sport was introduced as “synchronized Swimming” for the first time. She was officially recognized along with Annette Kellerman by the Helms Hall of Fame in 1959 – Curtis as with the primary development of synchronised Swimming.

 

A National A.A.U. champion swimmer, Esther Williams, would also largely popularize synchronised swimming during WWII and after, through (often elaborately staged) scenes in Hollywood films.

 

The first Olympic demonstration was at the 1952 Olympic Games, where the Helsinki officials welcomed Kay Curtis and lit a torch in her honor. Curtis died in 1980, but synchronised swimming did not become an official Olympic sport until the 1984 Summer Olympic Games. It was not until 1968 that synchronised swimming became officially recognized by FINA as the fourth water sport next to swimming, platform diving and water polo.

 

From 1984 through 1992, the Summer Olympic Games featured solo and duet competitions, but they both were dropped in 1996 in favor of team competition. At the 2000 Olympic Games, however, the duet competition was restored and is now featured alongside the team competition.

 

Synchronised Swimming was a demonstration event at the 1962 Empire Games in Perth, WA and is an optionally included event in Commonwealth Games Competition.