Rec Programs

Synchronized swimming begins in our recreational programs where children learn foundational synchronized swimming skills and fundamental movement skills that can be used in all facets of their lives. This introduction opens the door to the world of competitive synchronized swimming at the recreational, provincial, and high performance levels.

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Beginner Rec | Lessons (formerly Star 1-2)

In Beginner Synchro, children start learning foundational synchronized swimming skills and start synchronizing their movements with one another in patterns. Our Beginner Synchro program is for any child who is comfortable in deep water and wants to give synchro a try. We recommend age 5 and up.

The Beginner Rec program runs in lessons sets that are offered once a week or twice a week. Each lesson is 90 minutes. Swimmers are introduced to Star 1-2 skills from Synchro Canada’s Star Program and will learn a fun routine. A start test will be conducted at least once per set.

Once a week sets begin in September, January and April. Twice a week sets run every 6 weeks from September through early July with breaks during major holidays.

LOCATIONS:

  • Surrey Sports & Leisure Complex (SSLC)
  • City Centre Aquatic Complex in Coquitlam (CCAC)
  • Walnut Grove in Langley (NEW!)

Limit 6 swimmers per class

TRY IT!!

Email the Registrar to sign up for a Try-It Class

Beginner Rec Frequently Asked Questions:

She or he needs to be able to swim a length of the pool and be comfortable floating in deep water. This would be equivalent to having completed Red Cross Swim Kids Level 4. They will not swim with PFDs and do not ever swim in the shallow end of the pool.

For the 2016-17 season:

Annual Club Membership Fee:    $40 (valid September 1 to Aug 31)
Program Fee: $225 for a set of 12 lessons (some lesson sets may be fewer than 12 lessons and the fees are adjusted accordingly)

Fees are not refundable once the program has started.

DISCOUNT: Book 2 programs at the same time and get $25 off. Email the Registrar for a discount code to apply at check out.

Once a week sets begin in September, January and April. Twice a week sets run every 6 weeks from September through early July with breaks during major holidays. Please go to the Synchro Store to check out the next available Beginner Rec set or email our Registrar to find out the upcoming schedule.

First, email our Registrar to let her know that your daughter would like to register for a Beginner Rec program. She will confirm availability, schedule, start date, and provide program information.

Then, you need to become a member of the Club. To become a member, go to Membership. The annual membership fee is $40 and is valid until the end of the synchro season on August 31. Once you are a member, go to the Synchro Store to choose and pay for your session.

Your child will need a one-piece swim suit, towel, goggles, nose clip, and swim cap. The first time you register with the BC Aquasonics, we will provide your daughter with a Club swim cap at the first practice. You can also purchase replacement caps, nose clips, and goggles from us or at any aquatics store. She does not have to wear a club swim suit until she is swimming on a team.

To purchase equipment go to our Synchro Store. For more information contact our Wardrobe Coordinator.

On occasion, there may be changes to the schedule or last minute pool closures. A refund of $17 per cancelled class will be refunded through your account in the Synchro Store. If you do not see this refund on your credit card, please contact admin@bcaquasonics.com for assistance.

Every athlete and parent or guardian is a member of the BC Aquasonics and is an important representative of our Club.  We are guided by a Club Code of Conduct, Rules and Policies as well as those of Synchro BC and Synchro Canada. This may be a little daunting for our Beginner families so we have provided a simplified version here. For more details, go to Vision and Core.

Advanced Rec is the next step in the BC Aquasonics synchronized swimming program. In Advanced Rec, swimmers will build on the fundamental synchro skills they learned in their Beginner program but now they are part of a synchro team.

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Advanced Rec | Teams (formerly Star 3-4)

Teams are created from swimmers who are interested in being on a recreational synchro  team. The coach will work with the team to create a routine and continue to work on individual figures and attaining Star levels.

We need a minimum of 4 participants to create a team. We have teams in Coquitlam,  Surrey, and Langley. Each team trains twice a week, 1.5 hours each day.

Surrey Sports & Leisure Complex:    2 days/week Mondays & Wednesdays 5:30-7pm (October to the Watershow in May)
City Centre Aquatic Complex:            2 days/week Tuesday & Thursday 5:30-7pm   (October  to the Watershow in May)
Walnut Grove Community Centre:    2 days/week Tuesday & Thursday 6:30-8pm (October to  the Watershow in May)

the team will compete at a Recreational Synchronized Swimming meet and also perform in the Club Watershows (usually 2 each season).

NEW: In 2016-17 we will be offering an “Intermediate Rec” team based in Coquitlam at CCAC. This team will train 1 day each week, 1.5 hours each day beginning Sept 19th. The team will perform in the Club Watershows. In January, the coach will meet with the families to discuss readiness and the possibility of competing at a Recreational Meet

Advanced Rec Frequently Asked Questions:

Every athlete attending a meet participates in a figures competition individually and then in the routine competition as part of her team. Judges score both the figures and the routines. Awards are given to the Top 8 in each event category.

The team will wear matching suits for their team routine. For Advance Rec teams, this is usually an inexpensive suit with a bit of sparkle added. Sometimes they choose to just add a bit of sparkle to their black suit. She will also need to wear her hair in a bun, which is then covered with gelatin so that it doesn’t fall apart in the water. Our coaches will provide all the direction you need to create the bun.

For the 2016-17 season:

Annual Club Membership Fee:    $75 (valid September 1 to Aug 31)
Volunteer Deposit: $30 (refundable after 3 hours of volunteer time)
Program Fees:

  • Surrey and Coquitlam Advanced Rec Teams: $1,650/year paid by a cheque or e-transfer for the full amount or by 6 direct debit installments of $275 each, October 1 to March 1
  • Walnut Grove Advanced Rec Team: $1,050/year paid by a cheque or e-transfer for the full amount or by 4 direct debit installments of $262.50 each, January 1 to April 1
  • Coquitlam Intermediate Rec Team: $840/year paid by a cheque or e-transfer for the full amount or by 6 direct debit installments of $140 each, October 1 to March 1

(for later start dates, please contact the Registrar for the fee and payment schedule)

You can expect to pay for meet fees and for any equipment or swim suits required for the program:
Meet fees (estimate $50)
Equipment (estimate $250)

For regular training, your daughter will need:

  • One piece swim suit (A Club swim suit is not required but available to purchase if you wish. One Club suit should last the season.)
  • Noseclips (likely 4 or 5 for the season)
  • Goggles (likely 2 or 3 for the season)
  • BCAQ Swim Cap (likely 2 for the season)

To participate in a meet, your daughter will also need:

  • Red BCAQ t-shirt
  • Plain black yoga pants (full length, straight leg)
  • Plain black workout shorts
  • Flip Flops
  • Runners
  • Black one piece swim suit
  • Plain white bathing cap
  • Team suit and bun cover
  • Gelatin and make-up
  • Towels

To purchase equipment go to our Synchro Store. For more information contact our Wardrobe Coordinator.

First, email our Registrar to let her know that your daughter would like to be on an Advanced Rec team. She will confirm program days, times, start date, fees, and other details.

Then, you need to become a member of the Club. To become a member, go to Membership. The annual membership fee is $75 and is valid until the end of the synchro season on Aug 31.

Once you are a member, the Registrar will assign your daughter to a team and provide you with the Club agreement, Direct Debit form, and a Code of Conduct to fill out and return. These can be returned to 3370 Red Alder Place, Coquitlam, BC V3E 0C3 or by email to admin@bcaquasonics.com.

Fees are paid in installments by direct debit or the full amount can be paid by cheque or e-transfer sent to admin@bcaquasonics.com.

Everyone who registers with the BC Aquasonics has a Club account. Your program fees and meet fees are charged to your account. You will receive an invoice and a statement each month. To pay, mail a cheque to 3370 Red Alder Pl., Coquitlam, BC V3E 0C3 or send an email money transfer to admin@bcaquasonics.com. Invoices can be used as your receipt for tax purposes.

The BC Aquasonics relies on parent volunteers to manage the Club. All of our coaches are professional coaches plus we have a Club administrator and a Registrar but we need volunteers too. Each parent at the Advanced Rec level is asked for 4 hours of time. This is easily completed by attending the BCAQ General meetings and helping for an hour or two at a meet. At the time of registration, we will require a $40 deposit. This will be refunded at the end of the season based on $10 per hour of volunteer time completed.

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On occasion, there may be changes to the schedule or last minute pool closures. As this happens every year, these are accounted for when the fees are set and refunds are not provided.

Every athlete and parent or guardian is a member of the BC Aquasonics and is an important representative of our Club.  We are guided by a Club Code of Conduct, Rules and Policies as well as those of Synchro BC and Synchro Canada.

The expectations of athletes and parents are outlined in the BCAQ Rules and Code of Conduct. For more information, also go to Vision and Core.