Synchro Swimming

So, you want to learn about synchronised swimming. 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 is synchronised swimming! Synchronised swimming routines are essentially athletic movements performed in water and choreographed to music.

Facts about Synchronised Swimming


  • The sport used to be known as ‘water ballet’.
  • It is incredibly strenuous and skillful. A test on all the Olympic sports before the London 2012 Olympic Games found that synchronised swimmers ranked second only to long distance runners in aerobic capacity!
  • Competitors need strength and flexibility to perform twists and lifts as well as rhythm and flair to synchronise and interpret the music, which they listen to through underwater speakers.
  • Swimmers commonly hold their breath underwater for around a minute, but sometimes between two and three minutes.
  • Routines can be anything from two and a half minutes to five minutes long, depending on whether they perform alone or part of a team, but one rule applies to all routines.
  • No athletes are permitted to touch the bottom of the pool during a routine, even when lifting one another.
For more details on Synchronised Swimming at a National level the ASA have a dedicated Sychronised Swimming Hub on their website which can be viewed here

Synchro in London
Synchronised Swimming in London is managed by the London Synchronised Swimming Committee in line with the region’s Strategy.
Details of the committee including membership and terms of reference can be found here.