FAQ

Here are some of the most common questions asked to use by new swimmers and parents. If there is anything we haven’t covered, please feel free to get in touch with us.

General Questions

  • Synchronised swimming is an Olympic recognised sport. It is a form of swimming and dance performed in solo, duet and group performances. These synchronised routine of elaborate moves and complex routines are accompanied by music of all genres.

  • Swimmers can start at any age but to start the sport you must have basic swimming abilities.

  • You need to be able to swim a length in the 3 core strokes (front crawl, back stroke, breast stroke) and be relaxed in the water and underneath it. Our coaches can teach you how to keep yourself up using the core synchronised swimming skills of sculling and eggbeater.

  • To start with you will need a one piece swimming costume, a hat, goggles, nose clip and a water bottle. All of this equipment can be ordered from our kit manager. Please see our shop for more information.

  • A hat is used to keep your hair out of your face, also in some lifts we may need to hold on to each others heads!

    Goggles as used in other swimming disciplines allow you to see underwater, however, in routine competitions we are not allowed to wear goggles so sometimes practice without.


    A nose clip is used to prevent water from going up your nose as we perform movements of twists and turns upside down in the water.

  • Please see our shop page for more information on kit and equipment. Our kit manager is on poolside most Friday night training sessions.

  • Like most things, practice makes perfect. We perform set skills over and over again whilst coaches and peers give feedback. Another way of increasing your skills is by practicing the skill on land and improving core strength and cardiovascular fitness.

  • We use a special speaker called a koomer which can attach to an underwater speaker allowing the music to be heard above and below the water keeping each swimmer in time with each other.

  • Of course, we have males in our club and they are able to compete in competitions at age groups and masters level. Unfortunately currently males do not compete at higher levels.

  • Yes, our feeder club KS swim school offers adult synchro training on a Monday evening. We also have a Masters team for more experienced synchronised swimmers training on a Wednesday evening.

  • Within routines we use lots of different types of skulling to keep ourselves afloat. In competitions you are not allowed to touch the floor and points may be penialised for doing so.

Club Specific Questions

  • Aqualina started as a recreational club, but we have gone from training one hour a week to 3+ hours a week. Not only competing but winning at national level.

  • For full membership information, please see our membership page.

  • We currently train at 3 different pools, Stevenage swimming pool, Goffs Oak School, Monks Walk school. See our calendar for all our training days and times.

  • Our head coach Kerri choreographs most of our routines but we all have a helping hand including the swimmers themselves.

  • Get in touch or pop along to a training session and chat with our coaches, we need help off as well as on poolside, there is always something to do.

  • If you are being bullied we recommend raising any concerns with your coach. If you do not feel comfortable speaking directly with the coach or your complaint is regarding any of the coaches, you can reach out to our welfare officer Vickey. Vickey can be contacted via email at welfare@aqualina.club.

  • KS swim school is a local swim school run by our very own head coach Kerri, she offers one to one and group adult and children swimming lessons as well as the Aqualina feeder synchronised swimming classes.

  • Land training: You will need to wear something comfortable that you can exercise in, remember we will be rolling around on the floor as well as doing cardio; so bring along trainers and a yoga matt as well as a water bottle, an exercise band and a foam roller.


    Pool training: You will need to wear a one piece swimming costume, a swim cap, goggles and nose clip. A water bottle and towel should will also be needed.


    Competitions: What to wear on competitions will depend on what categories you are competing in. Figures competitions must be competed in a black swimming costume with a white cap and goggles and nose clip. Routine competitions are competed in matching costumes unless you are doing a solo then you can wear your prettiest costume and a nose clip with long hair in a bun covered in gelatin with a matching hairpiece. We also wear make up in routine competitions but usually the swimmers are helped with this so that everyone matches. All competitions usually take at least half a day so it is advised to bring a towel, a dressing gown, lots of water and food and a speaker to practice routines.


    Skills days: These are like figure competitions, a black costumes and white caps are worn with a nose clip and goggles. Skills days require assessment of splits, so yoga mats and blocks are needed to warm up prior to assessment.

Competition Specific Questions

  • Competition dates vary every year. Our calendar contains all confirmed competition dates and this will be updated as new ones become available.

  • Depending on what categories you are competing in will depend on what is needed.
    Figures competitions must be competed in a black swimming costume with a white cap, goggles and a nose clip.
    Routine competitions are competed in matching costumes unless you are doing a solo then you can wear your prettiest costume and a nose clip with long hair in a bun covered in gelatin with a matching hairpiece. Swimmers also wear make up in routine competitions but usually the swimmers are helped with this so that everyone matches.

    All competitions usually take at least half a day so it is advised to bring a towel, a dressing gown, lots of water and food and a speaker to practice routines.

  • Competition days can sometimes run all day. We recommend that any spectators bring lots of enough food and water to last the day. It is also advised to bring a book or some other form of entertainment as their can be intervals between events.

  • Gelatin, yes we use plain jelly to keep our hair in place, hairspray and gel just don’t do it.

  • Shampoo and hot water will usually get it out, I find a double shampoo does the trick.

  • Competition fees vary depending on how many categories you are entering; each competition is different, however entering a figure, solo and team would normally cost less than £30.