Grades and Progression in Synchronised Swimming
Swimmers develop their fundamental skills as part of the Learn to Swim Framework with stages 8, 9 and 10 focussed specifically upon Synchro skills. Details can be found on the Swim England website here
As swimmers progress, Swim England run the ASA three strand award system based upon Figure Grades, Routine Grades and Land Grades.
There are six figure grades which provide an increasing test of ability for athletes on their age group figures.
These grades support swimmer long term athlete development (LTAD) and ensure each athlete performs to their very best standard before moving to their next grade.
Each grade has three levels (gold, silver and bronze) so all athletes have the ability to perfect their figures before moving to the next grade.
Full details of each grade and videos of each figure / element can be found here.
Routine & Land Grades
Routine and Land grades complement the Figure grades.
Five routine grades provide an increasing test of ability for athletes on their routine skills. These ensure athletes are developing their transitions, speed of movement and hybrids ready for solos, teams and routines as they develop.
Five land grades provide an increasing test of ability for athletes on their land skills. These ensure athletes are developing core strength, flexibility and speed of movement on land which transfer to the pool through figures and routines.
At appropriate stages in their training, swimmers can attend assessment days.
These take place throughout the year at different locations around the country.
Full details of upcoming assessment days can be found here
Up to date information, including specific details and videos about each of the grades can be found on the Swim England website