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Synchronized swimming allows swimmers to develop all aspects of their athleticism, including creativity, endurance, flexibility and teamwork.

Synchronized swimming is a hybrid form of swimming, dance and gymnastics consisting of swimmers (either solos, duets, or teams) performing a synchronized routine of elaborate moves in the water, accompanied by music. Synchronized swimming develops advanced water skills by building strength, endurance, flexibility, grace, artistry and precise timing, as well as exceptional breath control when upside-down underwater. Competitors show off their strength, flexibility, and aerobic endurance required to perform figures and routines.

Swimmers perform for the judges by age and skill groups. Routines are composed of "hybrids", figures, and arm sections. They often incorporate lifts or throws, an impressive move in which a group of swimmers lift or throw another swimmer out of the water. Swimmers are synchronized both to each other and to the music. During a routine swimmers can never use the bottom of the pool for support, but rather depend on sculling motions with the arms, and eggbeater kick to keep afloat. After the performance, the swimmers are judged and scored on their performance based on technical merit, difficulty and artistic impression. Technical skill, patterns, expression, and synchronization are all critical in achieving a high score.

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The BCSSA Synchronized Swimming Rule Book can be downloaded here.