What is Synchro?
What is synchronised swimming? If you can imagine running for up to five minutes while performing acrobatics, holding your breath, looking graceful, and having to keep in time to the music? That’s synchronised swimming!
Synchronised swimming routines are essentially athletic movements performed in water and choreographed to music.
It is an incredibly strenuous and skillful sport. In fact, a test on all the Olympic sports before the London 2012 Olympic Games found synchronised swimmers ranked second to long distance runners in aerobic capacity!
Synchronised swimmers need strength to perform twists and lifts and can hold their breath underwater for around a minute.
They also need rhythm and flair to synchronise and interpret the music, which they listen to through underwater speakers.
Sculling and Eggbeater
The two most important synchro moves that you will be taught are sculling and eggbeater. These are vital to synchro:
Sculling is the hand movement that propels the body and is the most essential part of synchronised swimming.
Eggbeater is a form of treading water that allows you to remain stable above the water while leaving the hands free to perform strokes. Swimmers can also perform ‘boosts’, where they use their legs to propel themselves out of the water.
Once a swimmer has mastered the basics they can start working towards achieving synchro grades for figures, routines and landwork.