Competitive National Stream programs start September 4, 2018 - June 27, 2019. This program includes athletes age 13 to 15 years and Junior and Senior FINA categories. Athletes in this program are high performance athletes in synchronized swimming. These athletes are dedicated to train 14 - 20 hours per week. Training includes:  skill development, land drill, weight training and various other forms of cross training. These athletes compete provincial, nationally and occasionally internationally. 

The competitive program is for competent synchronized swimmers who want a challenging competitive environment. Athletes will train to perform at local to national levels of competition. The competitive swimming program starts the first week of September and continues until the end of June. Athletes are grouped by age and separated into two streams with varying commitment to team training. Athletes are selected to competitive teams by the Head Coach only. Duet and solo routines may be approved by the Head Coach, in addition to team routine, and at an additional cost to the athlete.  All provincial stream athletes may opt in to Synchro Saskatchewan High Performance trials if invited by Synchro Saskatchewan (Trials are typically scheduled for mid-June). All national stream athletes are expected to attend Synchro Saskatchewan High Performance trials; the cost is included in their training fees. Synchro Saskatchewan communicates High Performance trials criteria on their website at www.synchrosask.com.

Club Policies

  • All volunteers and coaches of the club are required to have a criminal record check completed at the start of the swim season.  Application forms must be picked up at the parent meeting or AGM.
  • Policies are available on club website, www.saskatoonaqualenes.com

June Training

  • June training will be modified to weekday practices only (no weekends). June training will give our provincial stream athletes an opportunity to work on stroke development, learning NS athletes’ team routine, creative development, acro/yoga, and, for select swimmers, Synchro Sask HP Trials. The intent is to have fun training new areas/skills they have not have tackled during the mainstream year. June training for NS athletes will focus on Synchro Sask HP Trials and Provincial Team Training Expectations.

To accomodate family holidays,SAQ sets athelete holiday schedules:

  • Labour Day weekend:  Friday, August 31 to Monday, September 3 inclusive;
  • Thanksgiving weekend:  Friday October 5 thru Monday October 8, inclusive;
  • Remembrance Day: Sunday November 11 only;
  • Christmas break: Friday, December 21, 2018 thru Wednesday Jan 2, 2019, inclusive;
  • February break:  Friday February 15 thru Tuesday February 19, 2019, inclusive;
  • Easter break:  Friday April 19 thru Sunday, April 21, inclusive;  and
  • May long weekend:  Friday May 17 thru Monday May 20, inclusive.

Please try not to take family holidays during other times, as Synchro is a team sport and presence of all team members is needed to practice routines prior to competitions.

Competitions for National Stream Athletes include:

  • Marnie Eistetter Element Meet/Camp – Fall (November 24-25, 2018; Humboldt)
  • Sandy Roberts National Age Group Provincials – Winter (February 2-3 , 2019, Saskatoon)
  • Canada Winter Games (February 16-21, 2019, Red Deer, AB)
  • Canadian Nationals Qualifier – Spring (March 25-31, 2019, Montreal, QC)
  • Sadie Caulder Knight Provincial Age Group Provincials – Spring (April 5-7, 2019, Saskatoon)
  • Canadian Artistic Swimming Championships – Spring (May 4-5, 2019, Kamloops, BC)

**Holidays set for both Provincial Stream and National Stream athletes are not included in the Regular Fees for each team.  If it is decided extra practices are necessary, the cost of those practices (both pool time and coaching costs) will be charged to the athletes. 

High Performance Program Dates: 

  • HP Camps:  October 27-28, 2018, Regina; and January 11 - 13, 2019, Saskatoon
  • HP  Trials:  May 25, 2019, Regina


NS 11-12  (born in 2007-2008)                                                                                       Register Here

Athletes are selected to this program by the head coach.

Practices - 4 X per week pool training and 3 X per week dry land/cross training

Program runs: September 4, 2018 - June 27, 2019.  Athletes may have additional practices as well that are not included in the Team Fees.

Practices:

  • Monday - Dryland 5:30 – 6:30PM; Pool 6:30 – 8:30PM at Shaw
  • Wednesday - Dryland 5:30 – 6:30PM; Pool 6:30 -- 8:30PM at Shaw
  • Thursday – 4 – 7:15PM at Harry Bailey
  • Saturday - 9AM -- 1PM at Harry Bailey

*** Tues pm practices (6:30 to 8:30pm) 2 weeks prior to major competitions

Tentative schedule for these HP Consultant visits in 2018/2019:

  • Sept 25, 26 – extra am practices – pool and coach costs billed to all NS parents
  • Oct 14 – club coach costs billed to NS Parents (no cost for Games Athletes)
  • Nov 4 –club  coach costs billed to NS Parents (no cost for Games Athletes)
  • Dec – TBA – same as above
  • Jan 18 (Friday pm) – same as above
  • Feb 12/13 in am – same as above
  • Note: Elise will work with Games Athletes during these visits but will give feedback and direction to other NS athletes and their coaches!

Competitions these athletes are expected to attend:

  • Marnie Eistetter Element Meet/Camp
  • Sandy Roberts National Age Group Provincials  
  • Canadian Nationals Qualifier
  • Sadie Caulder Knight Provincial Age Group Provincials
  • Aqualenes Water Show

          **May attend Canadian Artistic Swimming Championships

Fees:

  • Affiliation Fee:  $145  Due at time of registration
  • Regular Fees:  $3,870 paid:
    • Annually:       $3,870 due at time of registration, or
    • Bi-Annually:  $1,935 due at time of registration and Jan 1, or
    • Monthly:           $387 due at time of registration and then monthly October 1 through June 1

Raffle Commitment:  $300 payment will be charged to swimmers accounts March 31 – this will cover the raffle tickets that will be handed out in early fall with the raffle draw taking place in spring.

Volunteer Commitment:  $200/meet will be charged May 31 if minimum hours of shifts/meet not worked at each meet hosted by SAQ

Meet Travel and Wardrobe Fees: See travel and wardrobe policies. Approximately $100 – $500 per meet (invoiced & charged before each meet)

***Note:  Athletes on Team Sask, Team Sask Development, or Canada Games Team will have additional training sessions with additional costs incurred during the swim season to cover coaching that is not included in the above listed team fees. Additional training may include dates after June 27, 2019.


NS 13-15 (born in 2004-2006)                                                               Register Here  

Training to Train: Loving Challenges: Building Pride

At the Training to Train stage, athletes learn that hard work can be rewarding and fun.  They enjoy the sense of pride and satisfaction that comes when meeting a challenge head on.  During this stage, trained coaches address the window of accelerated adaption to aerobic, speed, and strength training in order to maximize the athlete’s development.  During competitions, athletes compete to achieve their best, but the major focus is on building an aerobic base and consolidating Synchro-specific skills as opposed to competing.  Athletes are selected to Competitive Teams by the Head Coach only.  All national stream athletes are expected to attend Synchro Saskatchewan High Performance trials; the cost is included in their training fees. Mentorship service is an expectation of these athletes: each athlete provides two mentorship practices – one will be scheduled before Christmas and one after Christmas.

Practices - 5 X per week pool training and 3 X per week dry land/cross training

Program runs:   September 4, 2018 - June 27, 2019.  Athletes may have additional practices as well that are not included in the Team Fees.

First Year in 13-15 NS Program:

  • Monday - Dryland 5:30 – 6:30PM; Pool 6:30 – 8:30PM at Shaw
  • Tuesday – Dryland 5:30 -- 6:30PM; Pool 6:30 – 8:30PM at Shaw
  • Wednesday - Dryland 5:30 – 6:30PM; Pool 6:30 -- 8:30PM at Shaw
  • Thursday – 4 – 7:15PM at Harry Bailey
  • Saturday - 9AM -- 1PM at Harry Bailey

Second Year in 13-15 NS Program:

  • Monday - Dryland 5:30 – 6:30PM; Pool 6:30 -- 8:30 PM;  8:30  -- 9PM(1/2 team) at Shaw
  • Tuesday – Dryland 5:30 -- 6:30PM; Pool 6:30 -- 8:30 PM;  8:30 -- 9PM(1/2 team) at Shaw
  • Wednesday - Dryland 5:30 – 6PM; Pool 6pm -- 8:30PM at Shaw
  • Thursday – 4 – 7:15PM at Harry Bailey
  • Saturday - 9AM -- 1PM at Harry Bailey

Tentative schedule for these HP Consultant visits in 2018/2019:

  • Sept 25, 26 – extra am practices – pool and coach costs billed to all NS parents
  • Oct 14 – club coach costs billed to NS Parents (no cost for Games Athletes)
  • Nov 4 –club  coach costs billed to NS Parents (no cost for Games Athletes)
  • Dec – TBA – same as above
  • Jan 18 (Friday pm) – same as above
  • Feb 12/13 in am – same as above
  • Note: Elise will work with Games Athletes during these visits but will give feedback and direction to other NS athletes and their coaches!

Competitions these athletes are expected to attend:

  • Marnie Eistetter Element Meet/Camp
  • Sandy Roberts National Age Group Provincials
  • Canadian Nationals Qualifier
  • Sadie Caulder Knight Provincial Age Group Provincials
  • Aqualenes Water Show

**May attend Canadian Artistic Swimming Championships

Fees:

1st Year in 13-15 NS Program:

  • Affiliation Fee        $145                    Due at time of registration
  • Regular Fees:    $5,050 paid:
    • Annually:  $5,050 due at time of registration, or
    • Bi-Annually:  $2,525 due at time of registration and Jan 1, or
    • Monthly:  $505 due at time of registration and then monthly October 1 through June 1

2nd Year + in 13-15 NS Program:

  • Affiliation Fee:   $145  Due at time of registration
  • Regular Fees:  $5,200 paid:
    • Annually:  $5,200 due at time of registration, or
    • Bi-Annually:  $2,600 due at time of registration and Jan 1, or
    • Monthly:  $520 due at time of registration and then monthly October 1 through June 1                

Raffle Commitment:  $300 payment will be charged to swimmers accounts March 31 – this will cover the raffle tickets that will be handed out in early fall with the raffle draw taking place in spring.

Volunteer Commitment:   $200/meet will be charged May 31 if minimum hours of shifts/meet not worked at each meet hosted by SAQ

Meet Travel and Wardrobe Fees:  See travel and wardrobe policies. Approximately $100 – $500 per meet (invoiced & charged before each meet)

***Note:  Athletes on Team Sask, Team Sask Development, or Canada Games Team will have additional training sessions with additional costs incurred during the swim season to cover coaching that is not included in the above listed team fees. Additional training may include dates after June 27, 2019.


NS Junior (born 2001-2004)                                                                                     Register Here

Training to Compete/Canada Games Bound: We know greatness will result from our passion

At the Training to Compete stage, athletes learn that their passion for Synchro shines through in competition.  Their demanding sport specific physical, tactical, and technical training programs are preparing them for the challenges of performance.  They set individual and team goals and enjoy the satisfaction of reaching them.  At this stage, talent identification and an athlete’s ambitions will largely determine whether she pursues national or international stream of training and competition.  Athletes are selected to Competitive Teams by the Head Coach only. All national stream athletes are expected to attend Synchro Saskatchewan High Performance trials; the cost is included in their training fees.  Mentorship service is an expectation of these athletes: each athlete provides two mentorship practices – one will be scheduled before Christmas and one after Christmas.

Practices - 5 times per week pool training and 2 times per week dry land training

Program runs: September 4, 2018 - June 27, 2019.  Athletes may have additional practices as well that are not included in the Team Fees.

Note, athletes may opt out after attending Canadian Artistic Swimming Championships but must inform of desire to do so at time of registration.

Note, for Canada Games athletes only: may opt out after attending Canada Games but must inform of desire to do so at time of registration.

Practices:

  • Monday - Dryland 5:30 – 6:30PM; Pool 6:30 – 9PM at Shaw
  • Tuesday - Dryland 5:30 – 6:30PM; Pool 6:30 to 9PM at Shaw
  • Wednesday – Pool 6-9PM at Shaw
  • Thursday - Pool 4 – 7:15PM at Harry Bailey
  • Saturday - Pool 9AM -1PM at Harry Bailey

Competitions these athletes are expected to attend:

  • Marnie Eistetter Element Meet/Camp
  • Sandy Roberts National Age Group Provincials
  • Canadian Nationals Qualifier
  • Sadie Caulder Knight Provincial Age Group Provincials
  • Aqualenes Water Show
  • Canadian Artistic Swimming Championships

Tentative schedule for these HP Consultant visits in 2018/2019:

  • Sept 25, 26 – extra am practices – pool and coach costs billed to all NS parents
  • Oct 14 – club coach costs billed to NS Parents (no cost for Games Athletes)
  • Nov 4 –club  coach costs billed to NS Parents (no cost for Games Athletes)
  • Dec – TBA – same as above
  • Jan 18 (Friday pm) – same as above
  • Feb 12/13 in am – same as above
  • Note: Elise will work with Games Athletes during these visits but will give feedback and direction to other NS athletes and their coaches!

Fees:

  • Affiliation Fee:  $145 Due at time of registration     
  • Regular Team Fees:  $5,350 paid:
    • Annually:  $5,350 due at time of registration, or
    • Bi-Annually:  $2,675 due at time of registration and Jan 1, or
    • Monthly:  $535 due at time of registration and then monthly dated October 1 through June 1
    • Team Sask Figures Fees:   Monthly: TBD at beginning of season, based on hours and number of athletes. Rate will be charged in September and then monthly.
    • Solos Fees:   Monthly: TBD at beginning of season, based on hours and number of athletes. Rate will be charged in September and then monthly.
    • Duets Fees:  Monthly: TBD at beginning of season, based on hours and number of athletes. Rate will be charged in September and then monthly.

Raffle Commitment:   $300 payment will be charged to swimmers accounts March 31 – this will cover the raffle tickets that will be handed out in early fall with the raffle draw taking place in spring.

Volunteer Commitment:  $200/meet will be charged May 31 if minimum hours of shifts/meet not worked at each meet hosted by SAQ

Meet Travel and Wardrobe Fees: See travel and wardrobe policies. Approximately $100 – $500 per meet (invoiced & charged before each meet)

***Note:  Athletes on Team Sask, Team Sask Development, or Canada Games Team will have additional training sessions with additional costs incurred during the swim season to cover coaching that is not included in the above listed team fees . Additional training may include dates after June 27, 2019.


Senior/Masters (born 2000 or earlier)                                                                                 Register Here

In Synchro, what we learn in the pool we take with us for life.

Our athletes lead all-around active and healthy lives. The Active for Life Stage focuses on enabling athletes to make a smooth transition from the competitive careers to lifelong physical activity and participation in sport. Whether athletes choose to continue in Synchro as volunteers, coaches, officials, university level competitors, Masters or Senior level athletes , change to a different sport, transition to a career at Cirque du Soleil or another professional field, or participate in new recreational activities, the skills they learn in Synchro will help them succeed in whatever path they choose. A schedule that fits their life situation will be determined upon registration as these athletes hold down jobs or are enrolled in post-secondary schooling/courses. Athletes are selected to Competitive Teams by the Head Coach only.

Senior Program athletes may train 3 times per week pool training (8 hours). Master’s Program athletes may train 2 to 3 times per week (4-6 hours).  Athletes will consult with our Head Coach to design a schedule, and then fees will be determined prior to full registration based on the program.

Competitions that athletes are encouraged to attend:

  • Sandy Roberts National Age Group Provincials
  • National Qualifier Event
  • Nationals, Masters Nationals or Canadian Artistic Swimming Championships
  • Canadian Prairie Championship  

Fees:

  • Affiliation Fee    $85 Due at time of registration            
  • Regular Fees:   Fees will be based on the number of hours the athletes are in the water and will be determined prior to registration.