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Out to Swim Angels logoIn April 2009 Out to Swim added a fourth discipline to its aquatic repertoire: synchronised swimming. Our aim is to provide coached synchro to men and women, for those who want to take part in the sport for general fitness, as well as for those who want to train for competition.

We are the first swimming club in the UK to offer the sport to both men and women.



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- We will be running a beginners' course over four Sundays starting 22nd September. 5.45pm to 7.45pm, QMSC, Victoria - full details here. Please email us to register a place.

- Team members won a gold, silver and bronze medals at TIP, Paris

- Out to Swim supports a letter to the IOC and FINA calling for equality in synchronised swimming     icon FINA-OFTS-ParisAquatique letter to IOC (143.91 kB)

What is synchronised swimming?

Synchro combines swimming, dance and gymnastics in a synchronised routine performed in deep water to musical accompaniment. The sport develops advanced water skills, including strength, endurance, flexibility, coordination and precise timing, as well as breath control for the underwater segments.

The sport has several competitive formats: solo, duo, trio and team routines for male, female and mixed teams. A team consists of between 4 and 10 swimmers. Read more about synchro.

Who are the Angels?

The Out to Swim synchro team is known as the Angels. We have about 20 regular swimmers of mixed ages and abililities.

We train continuously throughout the year to improve our individual skills, and to prepare for competitions. The most rewarding aspect of synchro is practising as a team and learning routines. Typically, it takes several months of practice to master a new routine.

Out to Swim maintains a “combination team” of up to ten people as well as fielding solos. We compete in LGBT, and other, competitions and perform occasional displays. Some recent achievements of the combination team include a gold medal at the Gay Games 2010 in Cologne, and in 2011 gold at Eurogames in Rotterdam and bronze at Tournoi International de Paris.

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We have two weekly coached sessions:

  • Sundays, 5.45-7.45pm. Please arrive by 5.30pm.
  • Mondays, 7.00-8.30pm. Please arrive by 6.45pm.
  • Queen Mother Sports Centre, Victoria. Directions.

In the run up to competitions we also have a weekly dry-land “walk through” and social session.

Is it for me?

Our swimmers have a wide range of ability. The basic requirement is that you are a competent swimmer of front crawl, backstroke and breastroke. If you need help improving these strokes before starting synchro, then Out to Swim provides swimming lessons.

It helps to have good flexibility, coordination, core strength, body awareness and a sense of rhythm. So, experience in dance, ballet, gymnastics or aerobics is a bonus, but by no means essential.

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You are welcome to give synchro a try at our monthly beginners' sessions. This will give you a brief introduction to the basic techniques so that you get a feel for the sport. If you are thinking of coming then please email us in advance. Your first session will be free. We will also be running a beginners' course over four Sundays starting 22nd September - full details here.  Please email us to register.









The Angels in the mediaJo Brand - lift - for main page

The team has attracted a lot of recent media interest including coverage on:

- 5 July 2012 : Reuters article and Eurosport quotes of the week regarding inequality in synchronised swimming

- 15 June 2012 : The Synchro Girls, a Radio 4 documentary. See the BBC website for more details

- 13 June 2012 : feature on BBC Breakfast News about inequality in synchronised swimming

- 6 May 2012 : The Independent on Sunday featured the team in an article about inequality in synchronised swimming

- 29 September 2011 : the synchro squad appeared on TV in Jo Brand's Big Splash on Dave. See the article for more details

For media enquiries please email us.

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