Questions & Answers
1. My child wants to be an artistic swimmer. How can I get them involved?
For all new swimmers, we offer a free taster session, please contact us for more information.
2. Does my child need to be a very strong swimmer to join the club?
Your child should be an independent swimmer who can swim 50m, jump in the deep end and be comfortable putting their face in the water.
3. How many swimmers are assigned per coach?
This depends on the number of swimmers registered. When there are more than 8 swimmers, the coach is usually accompanied by an assistant coach.
4. What equipment does my daughter need?
All swimmers will require a Portsmouth Victoria swimming cap, goggles, nose clip and blue one piece swimming costume. Swimmers will require a plain white swimming cap and a plain black swimsuit for figure competitions and a club tracksuit top, club t-shirt, black leggings and black flip flops when not in the pool. Additional land training and stamina equipment will be required as your child progresses through the grades. You can find swimming costumes, goggles and uniform in our Club Shop
5. Do I have to volunteer as a parent if I want my child to swim with the club?
Because Portsmouth Victoria is voluntary based, it is important to have as many parents as possible help with various aspects of the club. There are several positions available in the committee, on poolside, at competitions or at fundraising events.
6. What is the purpose of land training?
Flexibility training is very important in artistic swimming so some of the land time is used to work on this aspect of the sport. Perfecting a routine takes a lot of repetition. Land time is also used to learn routines, perfect the counts and work on patterns.
7. Why do they only do one routine a year?
Considerable time is needed to develop and learn a routine. Progress will be made on a weekly basis towards the completion of their routine. Time is also spent learning artistic swimming positions and elements to work towards grades.
8. Do the swimmers touch the bottom of the pool?
Swimmers are not allowed to touch the bottom of the pool during their routines. A penalty is issued if this occurs.
9. How long do they have to hold their breath?
Typically, underwater sections will be up to 20 seconds at a time. This doesn't sound like very much time but they are working very hard while under the water.
10. How do they hear the music underwater?
An underwater speaker is put into the water. The music is often clearer under the water than on top.
11. Do boys take part in synchronised swimming?
Yes, boys have been taking part in artistic swimming since 2015. Why not contact us to arrange a taster session.