West Dorset Synchronised Swimming is part of the West Dorset Swimming Club. Training sessions are held at the Dorchester Sports Centre, Coburg Road, Dorchester, DT1 2HR on Saturday mornings.
Training sessions commence at 08:45am
Training sessions finish at 10:00am or 10:30am (depending on ability, skills and training needs)
The current Synchro coach is Mrs Chris Seall
Training sessions are currently supported by
Mrs Keren Element, Synchro skill assessor.
Mrs Jacqui Hoffman, teacher and synchronised swimming team member.
Our club is not all about Swimming and Water polo; we have a great Synchro team too. The West Dorset Synchro team competed in the Dorset County championships this evening. The squad did so well with Fantastic results.
1st place in the novice grade goes to Amelia Smeaton, 1st place in Grade 1 went to Nell Williams, who also got 1st place in the Duet with Maisie Brown, 1st place in Grade 2 went to Holly King and the open duet was won by Jess Element and Jacqui Hoffman. Many more medals were won by the squad! Well done to all.
What is so good about Synchronised Swimming?
Synchro is a multifaceted activity which not only develops the physical skills of an individual swimmer, but also provides him/her with psychological and social benefits. Although Synchro is predominantly considered a team sport, it also provides opportunities for individual competition and development, promoting self-motivation, healthy attitudes, self-confidence and independence.
Synchro empowers your child and teaches him/her about self-esteem, self-discipline, healthy body image, team-work and time-management. Your child will learn how to set goals and push him/herself to excel.
Synchro can be lots of fun, and having fun is the key to your child pursuing an active and healthy lifestyle and then maintaining that lifestyle throughout his/her adult life.
The Physical Benefits of Synchro
Helps develop a healthy lifestyle
Build stamina (increase anaerobic and aerobic capacity); strength and power
Improves and maintains a high level of flexibility
Develops balance, speed and agility
Improve posture, co-ordination and motor skills
Develops swimming skills
Develops musicality, rhythm and kinaesthetic awareness
Increases understanding of movement (grace, sharpness, power, etc)
The Psychological Benefits of Synchro
Builds patience, concentration and focus
Develops skills in multi-tasking
Offers excitement and new challenges
Develops goal setting (individual and team) and time-management skills
Dealing with competition/stress
Builds confidence, self-esteem which promotes emotional health
Provides opportunities to develop healthy friendships
Encourages body awareness and a healthy body image
Recognising achievement and success
The Social Benefits of Synchro
Cooperation and teamwork
Strong role models
Builds positive communication skills
Receiving and delivering feedback
Improve academic achievement
Develops perseverance and courage
Encouragement (giving and accepting)
Strong social values
The West Dorset (Synchronised) Swimming Club is committed to the pursuit of excellence. We are dedicated to developing our swimmers in order that they can become ambassadors for both the Club and the sport. We strive to recognise and develop talent in the advancement of top class athletes.
The West Dorset (Synchronised) Swimming Club provides a competitive and recreational program and seeks to:
Encourage and promote the sport of Synchronised Swimming
Recruit individuals who share our vision
Provide our swimmers with coaching support and appropriate opportunities to enable them to reach their full potential within the sport
Create and maintain an enjoyable and productive training / development environment which allows swimmers to maintain and build their fitness and skills, but also encourages them to participate in the competitive side of the sport if they so desire.
Recognise and value the contribution of all our synchronised swimmers in the success of our team
Encourage positive mental attitudes and mutual respect within the team