Our Proud History…
Founded in 1985 with 20 recreational swimmers, Kitchener-Waterloo Synchronized Swim Club has grown over the last 25 years into an organization which provides quality programming for swimmers of all ages and at all levels.
Swimmers from KW Synchro have proudly represented their club and their community at regional, provincial and national level competitions, capturing a national silver medal and provincial gold medal, among many other honours.
A non-profit, volunteer-run organization, KW Synchro is administered by a Board of Directors, but all member families contribute to the club’s success. The club is affiliated with both the City of Kitchener and the City of Waterloo, operating programs out of Cameron Heights Pool, the Waterloo Memorial Recreation Complex – Swimplex, and the Wilfrid Laurier University Athletic Complex Pool.
Our Programs and Philosophy…
Offering year round recreational and competitive programs from the Beginner to Masters Level, KW Synchro provides a fun and supportive team-based environment for swimmers to maximize their individual potential. In addition to essential synchro skills, swimmers gain stamina (endurance), strength, speed and suppleness (flexibility).
All KW Synchro programs are grounded in the philosophy of long term development — for swimmers, coaches, and volunteers — and strive to foster the club values of Innovation, Integrity, Leadership and Quality.
Synchronized Swimming, originally known as water ballet, began in Canada in the 1920s, but it was American swimmer Ester Williams who propelled the sport onto the world’s stage when she starred in a string of MGM “Aqua Musicals” in the 1940 and 50s.
An Olympic exhibition sport from 1948 to 1968, synchronized swimming made its debut as a full medal event at the 1984 games in Los Angeles. At the Olympic level the sport is only open to women and medals are awarded in duet and team events. Competition consists of a technical routine and a free routine, both performed to music within a time limit.
At the regional, provincial and national level, swimmers participate in figures — four specific skills performed by individual swimmers in front of a panel of judges — and routine — teams, solos, duets, trios and combos. Judging for the routine component resembles the scoring for figure skating. Two panels of five judges assess a performance, with one panel scoring technical merit and the other assessing artistic impression, both panels awarding marks out of a possible 10.
Synchronized swimmers use specialized equipment to make their performances seem effortless. A nose clip prevents water from entering the nose, allowing the swimmers to remain underwater for long periods; Gelatin keeps the hair in place; and an underwater speaker lets the swimmers hear the music clearly while underwater.
Our Contact Information…
- Phone: 519-635-4455 (Catrine Klein, President)
- Email: email@example.com
- Synchro Canada
- Synchro Ontario
- Kitchener Community Services Department
- City of Waterloo Department of Recreation & Culture