Swimmers get synchronized at Marion Aquatics

Tyler Clarke
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Synchronized swimming isn’t a cakewalk, Jennifer Gerrond said, with plenty of learning and body tuning required. 

Prince Albert Pikes Synchronized Swimming Club instructor Jennifer Gerrond instructs a class at the Marion Aquatics Swimming Pool on Sunday. 

Synchronized swimming isn’t a cakewalk, Jennifer Gerrond said, with plenty of learning and body tuning required.

Instructing a brand new synchronized swimming club, Gerrond heads a small group of kids aged six to 12, who meet twice per week.

Only two meetings into the classes that go until April 7, she’s pushing for more registrations.

“We’re still looking to fill up a few spots,” she said as kids splashed in the pool behind her during Sunday’s practice.

“It’s a very intense sport, there’s a lot of endurance we have to build -- a lot of flexibility and strength training that comes into it, because a lot of the time you’re underwater and you have to hold yourself up.”

Synchronized swim routines typically take about five minutes -- this, Gerrond said, is where the endurance skills come into play.

Originally from Ontario, Gerrond started synchronized swimming when she was in high school, but she wished she had a chance to start earlier, inspiring her to take on the group of youngsters.

“They were starting (the club), but they were having a coach come from Saskatoon, so when I called it was perfect,” she said.

Although Gerrond is looking for registrants, she cautions that basic swimming skills are a prerequisite.

“They should be able to at least swim the length of the pool before they join,” she said. “(They should) have the basics down so we’re not teaching them front crawl and back crawl, because we want to focus on the syncro side of it.”

The class meets every Sunday at Marion Aquatics, from 1:30 p.m. to 3 p.m., and at the Ashden School of Irish Dance on Fridays from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m.

The Friday meetings are called “dry land” practices, where routines and agility skills are honed on land before taking it to the water. Those interested in signing up for the program are encouraged to call 922-2371, or email synchro.sk2@sasktel.net.

Organizations: Ashden School of Irish Dance

Geographic location: Ontario, Saskatoon

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