So, you are seeking an introduction to artistic swimming…
Artistic routines are essentially athletic movements performed in water and choreographed to music, spectators see a dazzling, co ordinated display of arm and leg movements, lifts, and patterns in water which can lead them to believe that artistic swimming is not a “sport”. However, it is actually an incredibly strenuous and skillful sport. Artistic swimmers need strength to perform twists and lifts and can hold their breath underwater for around a minute, and they also need rhythm and flair to synchronise and interpret the music, which they listen to through underwater speakers.
So imagine running for up to five minutes while performing acrobatics, holding your breath, looking graceful, keeping in time to the music AND you cannot under any circumstances touch the bottom of the pool – even when doing a complicated lift – then that is artistic swimming….. at international level.
At beginner level you will join a fun, challenging, artistic sport that combines the skills of a swimmer with the joy of free expression. As you progress you will become part of a fantastic community. Most pools now offer an artistic swimming course, and not just for children. Why not give it a go?
There are three clubs in Hampshire
Portsmouth and District, Portsmouth Victoria and Rushmoor.