Competitive Stream


Our competitive program is for swimmers looking to advance their skills in a more challenging environment.

At Strathcona Synatics we train all of our athletes through a variety of activities including rhythmic gymnastics, spin, speed swimming and more.  Our goal as a club is to train athletes based on Canada’s Long Term Athlete Development Program (LTAD).

All age groups in our competitive program attend at minimum 3 competitions a year, and our season runs from September to May. All athletes in the competitive program have the potential opportunity to swim a solo or a duet as well as the main team event. There is also the opportunity to attend training camps in the summer.

Previous experience in artistic swimming is not a requirement to be in the competitive stream! We actively encourage all participants to try the program that is right for them.

Competitive Age: In the sport of Artistic Swimming the competitive age of the athlete is based on the age of the competitor as of December 31 of the calendar year of the competitive season.

For the 2019 – 2020 Season –  Competitive Age is based on December 31, 2020

Athlete Year of Birth Artistic Swimming Athlete Competitive Age
2010 10 years
2009 11 years
2008 12 years 
2007 13 years
2006 14 years
2005 15 years
2004 16 years
2003 17 years
2002 18 years
2001 19 years
2000 20 years

We currently offer the following categories for the competitive stream:

Novice :

For swimmers aged 13+ who are new to the sport, this allows these swimmers to gain the necessary skills in their first years of development as well as allowing each swimmer to experience success at competitions.

Practice times are determined as needs are assessed.

9&10 Competitive:

9 & 10  is a great program designed to introduce athletes to a competitive environment.  We recommend that if your child is under the age of 8, that they try our Intro to Artistic Swimming Program.  Our 9 & 10 program focuses on the basics of artistic swimming including flexibility, coordination, routine skills, and teamwork.

Practice Times: 2x a week.  Days and Times to be announced. 

11&12 Competitive:

Our 11-12 program is open to new swimmers and returning swimmers.  The 11-12 program begins to teach swimmers more advanced artistic swimming skills,  as well as a larger focus on flexibility and body strength. The same core skills from the 10&U category are emphasized.

Practice Times: 3 x a week. Days and Times to be announced. 

13-15 and 16-20 Competitive:

These programs are aimed at returning swimmers.  Aspiring athletes who are 13 or older are eligible for this program but must be assessed by our coaching staff. We usually recommend our Novice Program for new athletes (see above).

The 13-15 program focuses on solidifying previous artistic swimming skills and performing at competitions.  Swimmers at this age learn more advanced skills as well as a more artistic swimming specific training regime.

Our 16-20 program allows athletes to continue training and perfecting their artistic swimming skills.  Swimmers continue training in flexibility, body strength and technique.

Practice Times: 4 x a week.  Days and times to be announced.

For more information regarding the sport of Artistic Swimming please visit:

https://artisticswimming.ca/wp-content/uploads/2019/05/Canada-Artistic-Swiming-A-Parents-Guide-to-Artistic-Swimming-May-2019.pdf