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Welcome to our Fall 2014 Synchronized Swimming season! My name is Daiana Rabbai and I am currently the Director of Synchronized Swimming for the Haney Neptunes Aquatic Club. We are thrilled to have such a great group of girls in the program and look forward to being able to teach them a lot about synchronized swimming.
For those who are new to the program we have our maintenance period starting September and ending at the end of April. The fall season is from September 27th till December 20th on every Saturday from 4 to 6pm. The winter session will begin in January and go to the end of April.
*Please note that here will be NO practices on Saturday, Oct 11th - Thanksgiving weekend*
On the December 20th we will no doubt have a small water show to let the parents come and see what the girls have learnt and are working on for our upcoming Winter season where we will participate in a lower mainland meet at the end of March or early April. Also in the fall session we will have the girls “star tested” towards the end of November/early December. We will have a judge come to the pool and test the girls during one of our regular practice times. In the fall and winter we are associated with Synchro B.C. and they have different star levels starting at 1 where they are required to learn specific elements and be tested on them in order to receive their star pins. All these elements are what the girls will need to put together routines to compete at competitions. So learning them is essential in synchronized swimming.
During the fall we will only require the girls to have a swimsuit, white swim cap, goggles and a nose clip. You can purchase all these things through our Swimsuit and Apparel Coordinator Cindy Watson at firstname.lastname@example.org or you can check our website under Member Info…Neptunes Clothing & Gear which will have more information where you can order items directly through the Team Aquatics website, or alternatively you can even purchase a couple of those items at the front desk at the pool.
If you continue on into our winter session the girls will need to purchase a plain/solid black swimsuit in order to do their figures at competitions as well as a competition suit that will suit their routine that they will be competing. Usually the coaches will talk with the girls and see what kind of suit they are wanting for their routines. If they are in the program for any length of time sometimes the girls can re-use suits from the winter session to summer depending on their routines and partners.
Don’t be alarmed with my next list of supplies, you will only need them prior to competing in the spring but I thought I would send it now so you can keep your eyes peeled for deals just in case. All the girls at competitions have to “jell” their hair. They put their hair in braids, then a bun and paint on a mixture of Knox gelatin. This hardens and allows the girls to swim without their hair falling out. So this list is what you will need to get their hair just right. Don’t panic, there are many people that can help so you are not on your own. Most of the items I get from dollar stores in the area. The club does have a back-up kit of supplies just in case for emergencies.
Supply List (for competitions)
- hair brush
- bobby pins and bun pins
- torture comb (brown or a lighter colour for lighter hair) - these are those plastic stretchy hair bands that attach at the back
hair elastics (the smaller and more discrete the better)
- hair net (brown) usually goody - shoppers has them in packs of 3
knox gelatin (1 box of 5 sachets) - yes this goes in the hair to keep it all in place - it's a very fine science!!
- margarine container or something to mix gelatin in
- plastic spoon to mix
- pastry brush or bbq brush or similar to paint on gelatin
- false hair (if needed - hair needs to go up in a bun on the crown of the head so if there's not enough hair you need to make one)
head piece (coaches to bring)
- black waterproof mascara (or you can use the supply the club has)
plenty of towels
healthy snacks/lunch and drinks (WATER WATER WATER)
black suit, white cap, goggles, nose clip x2 (if there is a tendency to lose them like my daughter did) and team routine suit.
- shampoo and conditioner and baking soda if you plan to shower the gelatin out of your hair at the pool. (we mix some baking soda into a bottle of shampoo and it works great)
We are thankful that we have our Head Coach Chelsea Rogers back again. She has a lot of experience and is great with the girls. We also have Kate Evans, Assistant Coach, and Manuela Silva, Junior Assistant Coach, and Megan Pankratz, Volunteer Coach, who will be assisting with our younger newer girls.
I think that’s all for now, sorry for bombarding you with information. If you have any questions please feel free to email me directly.
Thanks to you all for joining us and let’s all have a great Fall season!
Director of Synchronized Swimming
Haney Neptunes Aquatic Club
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Personal Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
If you have any questions or problems during the season,
please contact the Director of Synchronized Swimming, Daiana Rabbai.
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