All About Synchronized Swimming


Thomas Röhss and June Jung

June Jung, Reporter

Synchronized Swimming is a sport where people team up and dance in the water, the result? A beautiful routine, a mixture of dance, acrobatics, and last but not least swimming. All of these are combined to make a cool looking sport. First, the basics. You have to learn the figures. Here is a figure for beginners, called Ballet Leg. For this figure, you lie flat on the surface of the water doing Ballet Leg scull. Then drag your foot up to right below your knee, then fully extend your leg so it’s vertical. Your finishing position should look like this:


Once you’ve mastered this figure, then you can move on to Barracuda. Barracuda is a figure where you start out flat, laying on your back. You then thrust your arms toward your legs and go into a bent over position with your legs out of the water, and push your hands up to your head in a fast push and your legs should thrust out of the water, then sink keeping your position. You scull should be right next to your legs thrusting you up. It should like this! –>


Kip is a figure that is where you lay out flat on your back and tuck into a ball and rotate your legs upwards and spring them up into the air making your body sink in a vertical position. Your scull should be ballet leg scull to support scull, and keep in mind that this is usually a harder figure because you have to sink slowly, controlling your body and sinking slowly.

Pinwheel is not a figure but a fun position that can exercise your strength and your ability to scull. You lay flat on your back then bend your other knee so your foot is touching your knee, then you use your scull to spin yourself once, therefore looking like a wheel or (pinwheel).


If you do try these figures or exercises then I hope you like them, and enjoy synchro. And if you do then you can maybe join a team!