About the Sport


In the 1950s and 60s, this aquatic phenomenon began to evolve into a highly technical and physically demanding competitive sport called synchronized swimming. Canada established itself as a leader in the sport and began to share its expertise with other nations, which aided its development across the globe. In 1954 FINA, the international federation for Aquatic sports, recognized synchro as an official aquatic sport. It made its debut at the inaugural World Aquatic Championships in Belgrade in 1973 and was welcomed in to the Olympic games program in 1984.

Synchro consists of seven events: solo, duet, team (eight swimmers), each of these include free routine and technical routines, and a combo routine ( a combination of team, duet and solo in one routine). The team event replaced the solo and duet events at the 1996 olympic games. At the 2000 Olympic Games, the duet event was returned to the program. The sport is considered a female sport in the eyes of the IOC and males are not permitted to compete in FINA competitions. The competitive rules and manner of judging are similar to such sports as figure skating and gymnastics.


For many years, synchro was Canada’s most successful amateur sport.  With the exception of 1998, our athletes won medals at every world championships between 1973 and 2001 and at every Olympic Games between 1984 and 2000. In recent years the competition has stiffened and the number of countries competing in synchro at a high level as increased significantly. Russia, Spain, Japan and China have begun to dominate the podium spots. Canada fell short of its goal to reach the podium at the 2012 Olympics in London earning a respectable 4th place finish in duet and team. Looking forward to 2016 in Rio- Synchro Canada will continue its efforts to rise back to medal standings.   

Adapted from Synchro Canada LTAD: Developing Champions for Life *