In the Spring of 2017, there was much discussion about changing the name of our sport of Synchronized Swimming to 'Artistic Swimming'. In July 2017, the FINA (World Aquatics Federation) voted in the presence of 176 Sports Federation from many Countries to officially change the name to 'Artistic Swimming'. While this caught many clubs and other Countries by surprise, the decision was made to increase the sports popularity and to market it for the future generations. Starting from 2018 and beyond, FINA has affirmed that the new name will be effective for all International Competitions including the 2021 Olympic Games!

As an organization advocating for the rights of athletes with disabilities to participate in this sport internationally, we support this decision and welcome the new name. It does not change the way we coach this sport for our population with disabilities and special needs (AWD), but it will help the general public understand our sport better and what we do. We hope the name change will make it easier for us to add AWD to local, national, and international competitions for diversity, equity, and inclusion and to be widely acceptable moving forward. It is STILL synchronized swimming, but just with an updated name. PLEASE VISIT OUR ASSOCIATED NORCAL CALIFORNIA TEAMS PAGE: Artistic (synchronized) Swimming clubs and teams in Northern Calif (

Who Do We Serve?

We are an advocacy and information organization based in San Jose, California, USA (San Francisco Bay Area) for helping people with disabilities and special needs from all over the World who can swim, interested, involved or support the sport of Artistic Swimming. Our ultimate goal is to help introduce Athletes with Disabilities (AWD) in Artistic Swimming in many competitions as well as a future Paralympic Sport so that athletes with disabilities/special needs (AWD) can compete at higher/elite levels.


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If you are an interested individual, coach, group, club, team, organization, or federation,

we welcome your inquiries! We can help you get started with the movement of inclusion!


If you are a current or former synchro (artistic) swimmer with a disability or special needs,

please contact us and let us know WHO and WHERE you are!  Tell us your story!

We'd like to reach out to you and keep you informed of the developments with

Artistic Swimming for athletes with disabilities (AWD).


All ABILITIES: Non-disabled, disabilities, special needs, and genders are welcome!

Currently, there are swimmers with the following conditions

participating in Artistic (synchro) programs worldwide.



Cognitive disabilities

Downs Syndrome

Developmental disabilities

Neurological disabilities

Brachial Plexus disabilities



Cerebral Palsy


Osteogenesis Imperfecta

Spina Bifida


Erbs Palsy

Sensory Impairments (Visual/Auditory)

Cognitive disabilities

Other Physical disabilities (seen and unseen)


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Bay Area Synchro Team takes home the GOLD!
2021 Jr. Olympics
ALL Gold & Silver for AWD Solo and Figures!


Artistic Swim AWD is our nonprofit host for our team, Bay Area Synchro, located in Northern California in the San Jose area. Regular season sessions are from October to June, every year, new (non-disabled)swimmers, ages 6 to 16yrs old can join in at any time to start training. We currently do not offer master's training due to pool space and covid restrictions. If swimmers have a QUALIFYING disability, they can be up to age 30.
Sessions are the FIRST three weekends of every month, mid day. We host summer training depending on which optional summer competition is being offered locally and nationally. 

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Email us for application details.
FREE Try It Session during the season!


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Annual Camps, Training, Exhibitions & Competitions

In addition to our own sponsored Artistic Swim AWD Camps in Northern California, there are annual local, national & international events which include AWD!
Please contact the organizers below for a flyer and/or more information. We have participated at all of these events!
Please mention the Artistic Swim AWD Organization
website as your referral. If you would like us to ADD your event, please contact us. Thank you!


Enjoy a FUN camp & exhibition in Spain. Any level AWD. Contact Coach Albertina:


Para Artistic Swimming Festival in Kyoto. All ages and levels for AWD. Contact Coach Morita:


Artistic Swimming OPEN: Cancun Intl Open Competition with AWD Category. All AWD levels. Visit: or Contact Coach Paloma:

CANADA Artistic Swim training/competitions

Training/Competition info for Canada:

Global Clubs, Teams & Individuals

There are Clubs/Teams/Individuals from over 25 Countries who have included or are now working to include AWD in their Artistic swim programs

Our heartfelt thanks to the people in many Countries for making an impact and for leading the dreams of thousands! Some of the Countries actively participating below.

If you do not see a Country listed, please contact us to be added as part of the growing movement and commitment to take artistic swimming to another level for our global population with disabilities!

Thank you!





New Zealand


San Andres Isla-Colombia


South Africa
United Kingdom
United States

Sharing the Sport of Artistic Swimming!

Historical Spotlight....

                                                               Circa 2010

Lauren has cerebral palsy (right) and has been doing “synchro” since she was 10. Her duet partner – Nicole Flynn (left) has Downs syndrome, and the pair competed in Ontario and nationally in Canada for MANY years and was the first Duet to win Gold in the

Canadian Nationals. Canada became the 1st Country to add AWD to their Synchro programs and a spot on the Paralympic Roster.

Although both are 'retired' now, the sport has had numerous benefits for Lauren and Nicole. Lauren's mom Patty says that she

"would like to get the word out to other families so they’re aware this opportunity exists".


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Did you KNOW?

 The Paralympic logo 'Agitos'

(Because of trade marking, we cannot post the logo. Please Google the Paralympic Logo image as a reference).

This logo is not the same as the Olympic logo, which is the 5 rings.

The Paralympic logo (called the three Agitos) consists of three elements in red, blue and green: the three colors that are most widely represented in national flags around the world. The three Agitos (from the Latin meaning “I move”) encircling a central point symbolize motion, emphasize the role of the Paralympic Movement in bringing athletes together from all corners of the world to compete. This has inspired us to use the colors in a half ring in our logo. We feel that it also represents our 'future Paralympians in Artistic Swimming!


USA Artistic Swimming Federation

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We are supporting members of the

USA Artistic Swimming Federation (USAAS)

Our team Bay Area Synchro is a competitive club member!

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