Grades & Skills
What are Grades?
Since January 2017, Swim England Synchronised Swimming have run a three-strand award system for athletes; Figure Grades, Routine Grades and Land Grades.
As you progress as a synchronised swimmer you will need to have your synchro grades tested before you can enter certain competitions. All swimmers will have the opportunity to work towards grades, but coaches will not offer this until a swimmer has a good chance of passing. Some swimmers will be keen to develop their skills and others will not – it is a personal choice, and as a club, we do not pressure anyone to undertake grades unless they want to.
There are six synchro grades which provide an increasing test of ability for athletes on their age group figures.
These grades support swimmer long term athlete development (LTAD) and ensure each athlete performs to their very best standard before moving to their next grade.
Each grade has three levels (gold, silver and bronze) so all athletes have the ability to perfect their figures before moving to the next grade.
Click on the links below to view the figure grades and the elements required for each:
Check out the video demonstrations for Grade 1, Grade 2 and Grade 3 (right)
There are five routine grades which provide an increasing test of ability for athletes on their routine skills.
These grades compliment the figure grades and ensure athletes are developing their transitions, speed of movement and hybrids ready for solos, teams and routines as they develop.
Click on the links below to view the five synchro routine grades and the elements required for each.
There are five land grades which provide an increasing test of ability for athletes on their land skills.
These grades compliment the figure and routine grades, and ensure athletes are developing core strength, flexibility and speed of movement on land which transfer to the pool through figures and routines.
These grades will be released in January 2018 and, once produced, the grade booklets will refer to movements, positions and stretches for each grade. A ‘Guide to Marking Levels’ document will provide further clarification on these skills.