Dancing in the Water
Synchronized Swimming is a hybrid of swimming, dance and gymnastics in which swimmers perform a synchronized routine of elaborate moves accompanied by music. Synchronized swimming requires advanced swimming skills, strength, endurance, flexibility, artistry and precise timing. New swimmers are evaluated by synchronized swimming coaches and will be placed in the group that best suits their ability.
Kids ages 4 - 19
Practice two to five days per week, based on group level and ages, listed below. Recreational and competitive synchronized swim groups, in both intermediate and novice groups, participate in several swim meets each season. Competitive group participates in five to eight meets per season.
Participants must be able to pass the Tampa Y swim test.
Skills to Learn
Synchronized swimmers will learn the four water strokes, strength, flexibility, synchro-specific moves and musicality.
All competitive athletes engage in weekly strength, mobility, stretching, body awareness and mental training sessions.
Groups Levels and Ages
Intro (ages 4 - 10)
The Intro Group is a recreational class for brand new swimmers. YMCA members and non-members can enroll in once per week, 45 min class to learn more about synchro. This group focuses on swim strokes and introduces the basics of synchronized swimming.
Novice (ages 5 - 11)
The Novice Group is for beginners who have passed the swim test and are interested in competing. Practice is held two days per week, for one hour each day.
Intermediate (ages 7 - 18) Swimmers may start in this group, but only after evaluation and passing the Tampa Y swim test. Practice is held three days per week, 90 minutes each day.
Advanced (for youth ages 7 - 18)
The advanced synchronized swimming group is divided into smaller groups by age (12 and under, 13 - 15 years, 16 - 17 years and 18 - 19 years). The advanced group is the most competitive group and participants must have past synchronized swimming experience. The advanced group requires a lot of time commitment and practices four or five days per week, with practices two - five hours in length, depending on the age group.
Contact the Aquatics Director at the New Tampa Family Y for more information and to register: Lacey.Boldman@tampaymca.org.