Our club offers the Synchro Canada’s Star Program, which is a progressive, step-by-step instruction and evaluation suitable for a variety of ages and abilities, including persons with disabilities. This developmental skills program offers instruction starting with basic skills and moving to more advanced techniques as athletes progress through the levels.
Athletes will learn all of the fundamental skills, basic figures and their parts, and be introduced to a sequence and routine component in the early levels (Stars 1-10). They will then move on to the most challenging figures and routine skill sets in the Superstar 1-7 levels.
Participants in the Star Program will receive jewel-toned lapel pins and certificates as they progress through the levels. The star program is part of the Competitive Provincial Stream levels.
NEW! Starting this Season (2022/23)- Ravensong Waterdancers are excited to now offer the AquaGo! Program, in lieu of what was previously the Recreation level for new athletes. This allows athletes to move through a structured program learning the foundational skills required while still having fun and working on a short routine with each 10 week (approx) session! Learn more on the CanadaArtisticSwimming website here
Typically registration occurs for all programs the last Tuesday and Thursday of September each year, between 5:30-6:30pm at the Ravensong Aquatic Centre, in Qualicum Beach. The AquaGo! Program is open to registration ahead of each session offered (typically Oct-Dec and Jan-Mar). Visit our Registration Page for more information.
For those that want an introduction to a great sport without the time commitment of a Provincial Level program. The AquaGo! program provides athletes an opportunity to try out synchronized swimming, learning basic figures that enable athletes to swim in sync to music. Each level (6 in total) focuses on building the athlete’s self confidence in the water by introducing them to the foundation elements of synchronized swimming and building up endurance in a fun, inclusive manner.
Minimum age requirement is 7 years old, with a minimum swimming ability of Swim Kids Level 5 (able to swim 1 length of the 25 meter pool).
This program is currently offered October to December and January to March, with breaks for Winter & Spring same as the School District 69 schedule. Athletes are in the pool twice a week for an hour, and usually participate in a water show at the end of each session. REGISTER HERE.
Limited Competitive (LComp)
For athletes ready for more of a challenge, this level provides an idea of what it’s like to compete with athletes attending one meet in April. A great transition before entering the Competitive program. This level is also for athletes who may have joined synchro at a later age, typically 9 years or older.
This level builds on the core skills and introduces athletes to the figures they’ll need for the Provincial Competitive Stream. Athletes are in the pool twice a week for an hour, attend one Sunday practice a month from January to April, and will typically participate in two water shows a year.
Minimum age requirement is 9 years old with a minimum swimming ability of Swim Kids Level 5 (able to swim 1 length of the 25 meter pool) or 1 year minimum of previous enrollment in an AquaGo! Program.
The program runs from October to May with breaks for Winter & Spring same as the School District 69 schedule. Registration is only once per season. If you have an athlete ready for this program, you can REGISTER HERE.
Competitive – Provincial Stream
The Provincial Competitive structure is comprised of six groups that are based on age. Athletes must meet the age requirements to be admitted to the appropriate group, based on their age by December 31 of the competitive year. Our competitive programming reflects the needs of the club in any given year.
First year Competitive Athletes are able to compete in a Novice category at competitions, which allows them to ease into the Competitive world by competing their Figures and Routines one full level younger than their age dictates.
Athletes are trained in their respective figures age group level, have a team routine to learn, as well strength and flexibility skills to develop.
The competitive season typically consists of one Conference – October (optional), three training meets – typically November, December and February), a Provincial Qualifier (Mable Moran) in April and Provincial Championships (Jean Peters) in May. In addition they typically will perform at two water shows a year in December and April. The program runs from mid-September to end of May, with breaks for Winter & Spring same as the School District 69 schedule.
Swimmers are registered as a team, minimum of four athletes, based on skill level and age, but compete in their respective age group for figures either as Novice – First year, Intermediate – Second year or Age Group – Third year or more in the Competitive program.
A high level of commitment is required for this level, swimmers are expected to be at the pool in Qualicum Beach twice a week for 1.5 – 2.5 hours each day, with a third practice on Sundays in Nanaimo for another 1-3 hours. For more information on practice times see the specified program information below and/or visit the Registration Page.
Registration is only once per season, in the Fall. If you have an athlete ready for this program, you can REGISTER HERE.
Solo/Duets – Competitive – Provincial Stream
While in their second year of more at the Competitive level, solo or duets are available with the approval of the Head coach. Practices are usually on Sundays for 1 hour. This choice is an extra cost for monthly dues and fundraising quota.
For those ADULTS (20 years and older) that want an introduction to a great sport without the time commitment of a competitive program. Many Master’s athletes enjoy the friendship and exercise artistic swimming offers, as well as a chance to compete at one meet per season (optional). Athletes practice a minimum of twice a week for 2 hours, with the option of Sunday practices for 1 hour (for those who wish to participate in the one Adult Recreation Meet). Typically practices include a workout for endurance, figures, stroke and skill training, as well routine development (typically performed at club Water Shows in December and April).
No previous synchro experience required. The program runs from October to May with breaks for Winter & Spring same as the School District 69 schedule REGISTER HERE.