Artistic Swimming (previously synchronised swimming) sessions are run by Amy Bryant, former artistic swimmer. Amy is a Level 2 coach and a Level 2 judge. Amy is assisted during most sessions by older swimmers who are members of the squad and/or parent helpers.
Please read on for more information about our training sessions and swimmer requirements.
The artistic swimming squad train at Hatfield Swim Centre on Mondays 6-7pm, Wednesdays 5.30-7pm and Thursdays 6-7pm. Our beginners session runs 6-7pm on Fridays and swimmers can also attend land training on Fridays from 7.30-9pm.
Our swimmers range in age from 8 years of age upwards, including adults, who work towards figure, routine and land grades.
New starters must meet the following requirements to ensure they are safe and are strong enough swimmers to enjoy and get the most out of attending training:
Swimmers must be safe in deep water and hold a minimum of Stage 6 of the Swim England national teaching plan for swimming, or equivalent.
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Once swimmers have built some basic skills, they will be able to start working on routines.
Figure grades are assessed at regional grading days run by Swim England East Region. There are usually three a year and swimmers must obtain a minimum standard in order to pass. The lead coach, Amy, will therefore advise swimmers when they are ready to attend a grading day.
There are several competitions a year organised by Swim England East Region including figures and routines. The club may also attend other competitions they are invited to. Swimmers will be entered into the figures section of a competition according to their age and the figure grade they hold.
Competitions also have opportunities for parents who would like to get involved and volunteer. There are plenty of non-technical roles (i.e. no specific synchro knowledge required) that are essential for the running of the competition.
We are keen to help any parent or swimmer who may be interested in becoming a poolside helper or coach. Our lead coach, Amy, is a qualified Swim England Educator who teaches coaching courses and will be able to discuss poolside roles further with you if you would like to find out more.
We are in need of more judges and scorers to help with the running of regional competitions and grading days. More information on officiating can be found here. There are also roles at competitions, such as clerks and callers, where no synchro-specific knowledge is required.
If you would like to know more about any officiating roles, please speak to Amy who can explain more about the requirements of each role and can arrange for you to attend a training course or to do some shadowing.
More information about artistic swimming can be found by visiting the Swim England website.