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.
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, disabilities, special needs, and genders are welcome!
Currently, there are swimmers with the following conditions
participating in Artistic (synchro) programs worldwide.
Brachial Plexus disabilities
Sensory Impairments (Visual/Auditory)
Other Physical disabilities (seen and unseen)
ARTISTIC SWIM AWD MAKES
USA SPORTS HISTORY!
BAY AREA SYNCHRO~ARTISTIC SWIM TEAM
2021 Season has started (in person)!
JOIN in anytime! It will continue through June 19th
2022 Season will begin in September.
We sponsor a small Artistic Swim team which INCLUDES swimmers with disabilities, ages 6yrs old and up!
Our season is from September to June every year.
We also welcome swimmers of all abilities including non disabled youths ages 6 to 16yrs old.
The team is located in Northern California-Bay Area (San Jose/Campbell).
Please click on the tab below for more information!
BAY AREA SYNCHRO~ARTISTIC TEAM CHEER...
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:
JAPAN AWD SOLO COMPETITION & TEAM EXHIBITIONS
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:
Global Clubs, Teams & Individuals
There are Clubs/Teams/Individuals from 20 Countries (and several more to be joining this list soon!) who have included or are now working to include AWD in their Artistic swim programs
Our heartfelt thanks to the people in these Countries for making an impact and for leading the dreams of thousands!
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!
San Andres Isla-Colombia
Sharing the Sport of Artistic Swimming!
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".
AWD GLOBAL AMBASSADOR
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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
We support & are 'friends of Artistic Swimming' members of the
USA Artistic Swimming Federation
Our team Bay Area Synchro is a competitive club member!
Please Support us with your kind monetary donations!
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(Artistic Swim AWD-USA)
Synchronized Swimming Athletes with Disabilities
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