Winter 2017 session dates: Saturday January 7, 2017 to Saturday April 22, 2017.
For Synchro, a swimsuit, cap, goggles and a nose plug is required for practices.
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I am looking forward to this next season of Synchro. My name is Billie Seneviratne and I am the new Director of Synchronized Swimming for the Haney Neptunes Aquatic Club.
We are very thankful that we have our Head Coach, Chelsea Rogers, and Junior Coach, Megan Pankratz. Altogether they have a lot of experience and are great with the girls.
For this Winter Session of 2017 we will have practices from 3:45pm to 6:00pm. The first part of the practice from 3:45pm to 4:10pm will be LTAD warmups followed by pool synchro time from 4:10pm to 6pm. I suggest your athlete make sure to bring a yoga mat and water bottle for the pool deck or an extra towel for this. LTAD stands for Long Term Athlete Development and it is a new program that Synchro Canada/BC had introduced last Winter. Our athletes will be expected to do some exercises which will be part of a testing group at our meet in the Winter Season but we have to incorporate this now as part of our regular training practices. If your athlete is unable to attend a practice please send the Head Coach a text or email. I am also happy to send this information to Chelsea if you want to contact me by text or email.
For the Winter session we will require the girls to have a full one piece swimsuit any colour or design is ok for practices, white swim cap, goggles and a nose clip.
If you have any questions please feel free to email me directly. Again I am looking forward to seeing you all at the pool and having a great Fall season.
Director of Synchronized Swimming
Haney Neptunes Aquatic Club
Synchro Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
So you’re interested in Synchronized Swimming with the Haney Neptunes Aquatic Club?
Here is a bit about our synchro…
Google answer to what is synchronized swimming….
Synchronized swimming is a hybrid form of swimming, dance and gymnastics, consisting of swimmers (either solos, duets, trios, combos, or teams) performing a synchronized routine of elaborate moves in the water, accompanied by music.
Or in simpler terms – dancing in the water!
Our Haney Neptunes Club is primarily a summer competitive club that follows the rules of the BCSSA (BC Summer Swimming Association). During the summer, synchro in particular, we attend two meets and we have Regionals and Provincials. As this is our competitive season we have high expectations for our synchro athletes to attend all (or at least most) of our practices and are required to attend the synchro meet in Richmond called the Hootenanny (usually 1st or 2nd week of July and has been in Richmond these last few years)and both regionals (usually could be at any location within the Fraser Valley) and provincials (could be anywhere in the Province of BC – in the year of 2014 it was in Kamloops, in the year of 2015 it as in Saanich). Sometimes we also hold a Routines Only Meet – last two years it has been held at our Haney Pool. Summer practices are held at local pool at the Maple Ridge Leisure Centre. In summer we would possibly be practicing also at the Hammond outdoor pool. Practices in the summer could be early mornings, afternoons, evenings and weekends – it is based on pool time availability for our Club and could be anywhere from 4 to 8 hrs a week.
Usually for the summer season we also expect that the athletes can swim a minimum of 25 meters (the length of the pool) and are able to swim in the deep end without touching the ground or the walls for a period of time. I would have to be honest and say that if this is the first time your child is trying synchro then I highly suggest you consider registering for the fall season. The fall is the best time to get into this sport and your little athlete will be able to see what it is like.
During the fall season our club offers development programs. As I did with both of my own daughters, I had them start synchro in the fall so they would have two seasons under their belt and had an idea what it would be like. It also helped them build strength and gain endurance while practicing in the deep end. Also during our fall and winter seasons we follow the guidelines of Synchro BC and offer Star Testing. Star Testing is where the girls learn synchro figures and then get tested to pass different levels and work their way up – kind of like doing the different levels in a swimming program at a rec centre. The practices also during the fall and winter are only for two hours one time a week which has, for the last several years, been typically on Saturdays from about 4-6pm as this past season. My two daughters not only do synchro but are also in the swim discipline as with several other girls in synchro who are doing both within the Haney Neptunes Club.
I would suggest, for your own information, to check out the Synchro BC and BCSSA website for more information on synchronized swimming. I also know that the Maple Ridge rec centre offer a try-out synchronized swimming class to see what synchro is all about. Check out their guide or call the rec centre to get more information about it and any upcoming sessions. You can drop by the pool during any one of our practices to watch them practice. You can email me during that specific season for the practice times to come and watch.
Again I highly suggest that if you want to start your child in our synchro club the best time to do it is in the fall. You can check our website for registration dates, forms and fees for the season you would want to sign your child up when it is posted.
Synchronized swimming is a combination of the grace of dance and gymnastics, indurance of running, and of course, the skill of swimming. Its a great way to get in shape while having lots of fun in the pool. Synchro with the Haney Neptunes includes being on a team, where many new friendships are made, and with the help of the coaches, and athlete contributions, a routine is choreographed to music that can be heard both above and under water. Syncrho can also be an individual sport during practices. We encourage personal goals, and train and compete numerous different figures that are practiced everyday and some are incorporated into the routines that are made. Syncrhonized swimming is the best way to be fit, have fun, and learn new things everyday. Become a part of our team at the Haney Neptunes Aquatic Club and we look forward to seeing you in the near future!
Head Coach, Chelsea Rogers
Please note that, in addition to your registration fees, there will be other costs with respect to competitions. Among these are:
- a black bathing suit ($20.00 - $40.00) for figures competition as well as a white bathing cap.
- a cost for a specific uniquely designed suit for their team suit ($50.00 - $100.00)
- if also entering a duet another suit cost ($50.00 - $100.00)
The cost for the nose plugs is max. $5.00 and can be purchased at Milo's swim wear or Sportcheck. The Haney Neptunes' swim wear volunteer may have some for resale at cost.
The club supplies all the make-up but, for hygiene reasons, the waterproof mascara is encouraged to be purchased by each swimmer for themselves to re-use.
Hair pieces are made up uniquely each year to represent the theme for each routine. Any and all help is encouraged and needed from parents to make these head pieces at no cost to the members, using left over suit fabric and donated sequences etc.
Synchronized Swimming Star Testing
The Haney Neptune Synchronized Swim Club members were tested for the Star Program. All the Swimmers were tested at the levels that best suit their ability. Congratulations to all of you, keep up the good work!
Typical Supplies List for a Synchro Meet
Here is a list of supplies typically needed for synchro competitions. For new swimmers - there are usually parents available at the meet to help with your child's hair and teach you how to do it for the future. Please have athletes arrive at the meet with their hair up in a high ponytail - on the crown of the head. If a few people could bring plug in kettles that would be helpful.
- hair brush
- bobby pins (and bun pins, ask us if you don't know the difference)
- torture comb (brown or a lighter colour for lighter hair) - these are those plastic stretchy hair bands
- 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!! Newbies will be explained the process on the day of the meet.
- 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 (working on these)
- black waterproof mascara
- shampoo + baking soda for removing gelatine (expect this process to take a lot of Lather-Rinse-Repeat!)
- plenty of towels
- warm clothes
- healthy snacks and drinks (WATER WATER WATER)
- black suit, white cap, goggles, nose clip x2, team routine suit, head piece
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