Synchronized Swimming

Winter Maintenance 2018


Start date: Saturday January 6, 2018.
End date: Sunday April 22, 2018.



February 10th .................................Family Day Weekend
March 17th .................................... Spring Break
March 24
th .................................... Spring Break
March 31
st ..................................... Easter Weekend


As the Elected Volunteer Director of Synchronized Swimming, I am excited to welcome back Megan Pankratz as our Synchronized Swimming Coach. Megan has been an athlete with the Haney Neptunes since 2010 and has been coaching since 2013. Megan is Lifeguard Certified and is excited to continue her employment with the Haney Neptunes Aquatic Club. I am also happy to welcome back Madison Seneviratne into the water as a volunteer coach. Madison has been an athlete with the Haney Neptunes since 2010 and has been a volunteer coach for 4 years. Madison is Bronze Cross Certified.

Our Winter Session starts Saturday, January 6th. Practices are Saturdays from 4 pm to 6 pm. Please arrive 15 minutes early for warm up/stretch. Your athlete is encouraged to bring a water bottle for the pool deck and a yoga mat or an extra towel for stretching. If your athlete is unable to attend a practice please send an email to

For the Winter session female athletes require a full one piece swimsuit any colour or design and male athletes require a “speedo” style or “jammer” style swim suit (no board shorts), All athletes should have goggles, and a nose clip. Please contact me if you require advice or direction in purchasing these items.


Typically, the Neptunes participate in the Synchro BC Mable Moran competition which is held the weekend of April 13 to 15. This years participation is dependent on registration. The more athletes we have the more likely we will be able to participate. We will keep provide details as they become known.

We are also in the process of sorting out details for a possible Showcase to wrap up the Winter session on Sunday, April 22nd. Again details will come at a later date. The Showcase is where the athletes will be able to present a synchro routine to Family and Friends and showcase their skills.

The Synchronized Swim Team has been very successful with the Try Me/Bring a Friend events! We are looking at dates prior to Summer Registration. Once details are sorted, we will communicate everything to you.

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 Winter session.

Thank you,

Billie Seneviratne
Director of Synchronized Swimming, Haney Neptunes Aquatic Club Synchro Email: 


Trial Membership Form:  click here 

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.  Sometimes we also hold a Routines Only Meet.  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. If this is the first time your child is trying synchro then it is recommended that 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.  During our fall and winter seasons we follow the guidelines of Synchro BC and offer Star Testing.  Star Testing is where the athletes 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. 

Check out the Synchro BC and BCSSA website for more information on synchronized swimming.  



Additional Costs

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.

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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