When you know some basic synchronized swimming elements, which I hope to help you with, you are all geared up to start your own team, please take into account the following advice, which comes from 25 years of experience.
Please bear in mind that what you want to teach is the awesome Synchronized Swimming sport, not swimming. For example, because it is your first experience in building a team, maybe you or your club is more interested in knowing the interest of the community in the sport, so you do some trials. Good, this is the right track. Let’s continue.
Now, you have a few swimmers that heard about the sport and want to give it a try. You are interested in them and they are in the sport and you want to keep it this way. When you test them you want to pay attention to a few things….they need to:
- Know how to swim – Not an awesome technique, but the correct one. I will explain later the importance of this.
- Feel comfortable with their heads underwater – You would be thinking “duh” and yes, I share the thought, but a lot of swimmers that want to do synchronized swimming do not really think about this specific aspect of the sport and having to keep their heads underwater for relatively long periods of time.
- Have the age to pay attention – This starts I believe around 8 years old. Before this age, what you will have is recreational synchronized swimming or you can call it, Introduction to Synchronized Swimming, which is awesome also, and you can use it as an introduction for competition synchronized swimming.