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 better market it for the future. Starting from 2018 and beyond, FINA has affirmed that the new name will be effective for all International Competitions.

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 International competitions and for inclusion and diversity to be widely acceptable moving forward. It is STILL synchronized swimming, but just with an updated name.



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We sponsor an Artistic Swim team for disabled swimmers 6yrs old and up!

Our season is from October to June every year.

We also welcome swimmers of all abilties including non disabled youths ages 6 to 16yrs old.

The team is located in Northern California-Bay Area (San Jose/Campbell).

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 Int'l AWD Camps, Competitions & Exhibitions

In addition to our own sponsored Artistic Swim AWD Camps in Northern California, we have an exciting year of upcoming Int'l camps, competitions and exhibitions for AWD Athletes (any level) and Coaches. Please contact the organizers for a flyer and more information. You can also contact us( if you have any questions. We have participated at all of these events! Please mention the USA Artistic Swim AWD Organization

website as your referral. If you would like us to ADD your event, please email us. Thank you!

SPAIN/EURO CAMPS: 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:

MEXICO Int'l Artistic Swimming OPEN-MAY. Cancun Intl Open Competition with AWD Category. All AWD levels. Visit: or Contact Coach Paloma:

CANADA Synchro Nationals-June: Visit the Synchro Canada and Synchro Ontario websites for more info regarding AWD categories and competitions.

We will post more opportunities as we are notified. Please attend or support these fabulous events for our Athletes with disabilities and special needs! Thanks.

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Teams, Clubs & 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

OR are developing a program for AWDs to participate in!

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!

 Please email us the information and we will contact them.

Thank you!





New Zealand


San Andres Isla-Colombia


South Africa
United Kingdom
United States

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 Artistic Swimming in many competitions as well as a future Paralympic Sport (2028 Games and beyond) so that athletes with disabilities/special needs (AWD) can compete at higher/elite levels.


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

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


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 world wide.



All types of intellectual disabilities

Downs Syndrome

Developmental disabilities

Neurological disabilities

Brachial Plexus disabilities



Cerebral Palsy


Osteogenisis Imperfecta

Spina Bifida


Erbs Palsy

Visually impaired/Blind

Hearing impaired

Cognitive disabilities

Other Physical disabilities (seen and unseen)

Historical Spotlight...

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".

Artistic Swim AWD Ambassador

Coach Raquel

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Did you know?

 The Paralympic symbol is not the same as the Olympic symbol, which is the 5 rings.

The Paralympic Symbol above (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 Synchronized Swimming Federation

We support & are 'friends of Synchro' members of the

USA Synchronized Swimming Federation!

Our team Bay Area Synchro is a competitive club member!

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