Synchro Nova Scotia provides not only the opportunity for aquatic participation, but also sophisticated programs that continue to be developed and administered by dedicated volunteers, who over the years, have pooled diverse talents to create and grow the sport.

There are a number of clubs throughout Nova Scotia offering Recreational, Competitive and Masters’ programs.

To find a club or community program near you visit our Links page or contact the Synchro Nova Scotia office at


Recreational Programs  

Recreational programs offer young athletes a chance to focus on fun and fitness while developing fundamental synchro skills.  These programs may stand alone or be an entry or beginner level within an established club, and they are registered as non-competitive. Recreational groups do not compete at competitions, but they are invited to participate in club’s shows and/or demonstrations. Canada’s Star Program is followed.

Instruction in a recreational program is ideally from a certified coach who has completed the NCCP Synchro Instructor level or higher, and should at a minimum, introduce a swimmer to both figure components and routine elements to music in order to provide the swimmer with the necessary information to choose the level they wish to pursue in the sport in the future.


Atlantic Competitive Program

Swimmers are considered to be part of the Competitive program when they are registered as competitive and eligible to compete. Competitive synchronized swimming is open to anyone interested in pursuing the sport beyond the recreational level. This program is designed for swimmers who are interested in enhancing their synchronized swimming skills and learning complex figures, and routines.

The Atlantic Competitive Program conducts its events under the guidelines set out in the CASSA and FINA rule books. However, to enhance the competitive program in the Atlantic region some modifications have been made. The Atlantic program is an Age Group based program as follows, which uses figures adopted by Synchro Canada for Provincial Stream Athletes, and figures adopted by the Atlantic development Committee for Novice athlete.

Age Groups*
Provincial Stream Novice Provincial Stream
10 & under
11-12 11-12
13 & Over 13-15
16 & Over

* Age of the athlete must be inside the age bracket as of December 31st of that competitive year.


Provincial Stream Novice

The Novice category is for swimmers 11 years and older who are unable to stream directly into the Provincial Stream Age group categories. This category is open to first time competitive swimmers 11 years of age and older. Novice age groups are 11-12 and 13 & Over. Swimmers may stay in this category for NO MORE than TWO (2) consecutive seasons.  Once an athlete moves into provincial stream they cannot return to Novice. Athletes may swim ONE (1) routine, team or duet.  There are no solos or combos in Novice.


Provincial Stream

A competitive program based on basic to intermediate synchro skills that incorporates individual skills, fitness, and creative routines. Swimmers develop their figures skills, strength flexibility, and endurance and practice a team routine that will be performed in competitions. The Competitive Teams have the opportunity to compete within the province as well as different locations across Atlantic Canada.

This Provincial Stream (PS) consists of a number of age categories where skills become increasingly more challenging as they move up. Age groups are PS 10 & Under, PS 11-12, PS 13-15, and PS 16 & Over. Swimmers who have swum in the National stream may return to the Provincial stream to swim in the following competitive season.

Provincial Stream teams are governed by the Atlantic Competitive Program Rules (revised June 2015).


National Stream

The National Stream category is for swimmers 13 years and older who are interested in pursuing excellence, committed to more intensive training focused on perfecting their synchro and swimming skills, flexibility, endurance, strength training, performance skills, and mental training. The National Stream Teams have the opportunity to compete at both provincial and national competitions.

National Stream (NS) consists of a number of age categories where skills become increasingly more challenging as they move up. Age groups are NS 13-15, Junior (15-18) and Senior (15 & Over).

National Stream teams are governed by the CASSA Official Rule Book (revised September 2015).


Provincial Team

Synchro NS is excited to announce the development of a Provincial Team to be selected annually to receive additional development opportunities and competition. A competition is being introduced this summer that will see provincial teams in 13-15 and 11-12 age categories competing on a national scale. The Synchro Youth National Challenge (SYNC) will be held July 28-31st in Montreal. Athlete selection and the training schedule to be announced.


Canada Winter Games

This event takes place every four years, with the next games taking place in 2019 in Red Deer, Alberta. The games generally take place at the end of February. Athletes must be between the ages of 12-21 as of December 31, of the year in which the games take place, in order to qualify. The age category may be reviewed, any changes will be communicated. The selection process for the Canada Winter Games is generally distributed in the competitive season prior to the games.


Masters (Recreational and Competitive)

The Masters’ program provides an opportunity for adults 19 and over to come together, socialize and have fun. Swimmers, with varying degrees of swimming competency can enhance their physical fitness, endurance and stroke improvement, while they learn, and improve upon, their synchronized swimming skills, such as figures and routines which will later be organized into routine components and choreographed to music.

Masters’ teams are governed by the CASSA Official Rule Book (revised September 2015). Teams have the opportunity to compete at Provincial, Regional, National and International competitions.


LTAD (Long Term Athlete Development)

The Canadian Sport for Life Program is a training pathway based on developmental age rather than chronological age.  As athletes progress through the 7 stages of LTAD (below), they will be given a solid foundation of physical, tactical and mental skills, upon which they will build their athletic abilities, establish an active lifestyle, and develop a love for the sport of synchronized swimming.

The Sport for Life Society is recognized as the global experts on the Sport for Life movement, Long-Term Athlete Development, and physical literacy development. The purpose of the Sport for Life movement is to improve the quality of sport and physical activity in Canada. Sport for Life links sport, education, recreation and health, and aligns community, provincial, and national programming. Long-Term Athlete Development is a seven-stage training, competition and recovery pathway guiding an individual’s experience in sport and physical activity from infancy through all phases of adulthood. Physical literacy is the motivation, confidence, physical competence, knowledge and understanding to value and take responsibility for engagement in physical activities for life. Sport for Life, with Long-Term Athlete Development and physical literacy, represents a paradigm shift in the way Canadians lead and deliver sport and physical activity.


LTAD Stages

A clear path to better sport, greater health, and higher achievement.

Children, youth and adults need to do the right things at the right time to develop in their sport or activity – whether they want to be hockey players, dancers, figure skaters or gymnasts. Long-Term Athlete Development (LTAD) describes the things athletes need to be doing at specific ages and stages.

Science, research and decades of experience all point to the same thing: kids and adults will get active, stay active, and even reach the greatest heights of sport achievement if they do the right things at the right times. This is the logic behind the Long-Term Athlete Development model (LTAD).

There are seven stages within the basic LTAD model:

Stage 1: Active Start (0-6 years)

Stage 2: FUNdamentals (girls 6-8, boys 6-9)

Stage 3: Learn to Train (girls 8-11, boys 9-12)

Stage 4: Train to Train (girls 11-15, boys 12-16)

Stage 5: Train to Compete (girls 15-21, boys 16-23)

Stage 6: Train to Win (girls 18+, boys 19+)

Stage 7: Active for Life (any age participant)

The vision behind Sport for Life is to reshape how we support sport and train athletes at all levels in Canada – from children to adults, from towns to cities, from provinces and regions through to the National level. In realizing this vision, we aim to keep more Canadians active for life with recreational sport and physical activity, and at the same time help Canadians in all sports win more medals internationally.



CASSA Rulebook

Atlantic Competitive Program Rules

Long Term Athlete Development Information for Parents

Sport For Life Website