This article will tell us about the synchronized swimming and its essential equipment.
What we see now on television or at the Olympic Games or at some competitions differs greatly from how synchronized swimming began.
The name of synchronized swimming appeared only in the twentieth century. Earlier this kind of sport had been known as artistic, figure, ornamental swimming or water ballet and the competitors were not women, as we got used to seeing, but men. Trust me when I say that the world of sports is quite fortunate when it decided to make synchronized swimming a women's sport and not a man's sport.
The roots of synchronized swimming lead to Canada. In 1924, Canadian women group was the first to show figure swimming. The popularity of this kind of sport was very high in the United States of America firstly. In 1984, synchronized swimming was accepted into the Olympic program of women's events.
Today only women represent synchronized swimming in duets or groups. Duets perform free routines and technical routines. Duets have the preliminary phase after which follows the final. Groups do not have that phase. All eight teams compete in the final where they also perform technical and free routines.
But before you show the judges and audience what you can do you have to train first and it takes not just one or two years, but ages of every-day training. Beside trainings every synchronized swimmer has to learn about the essential equipment.
It may be strange to see sportswomen who wear gelatin in hair, spray - painted - on make up and colorful, vivid costumes. But it is a part of essential equipment of synchronized swimmer to benefit the life and the audience near the poolside.
Another part of essential equipment is a vital nose clip. Without this part swimmers wouldn't be able to show the whole program in the water. Nose clip prevents getting of water into the nose cavity during upside - down program elements. All synchronized swimmers have to stay under water for a long period of time and nose clip allows them to do it. What is also very important for every synchronized swimmer is to have one more nose clip on your suit if the one on your nose falls off.
Costumes and images are also under some rules. A swimmer's costume should be colorful, without deep cleavage and shouldn't be very high on hips. You can decorate your hair a little but nothing dangling or hanging.
Now some facts about swimming pool. You may think that a usual swimming pool is enough. In this case you are mistaken.
Olympic competitions have some demands for swimming pools. It must be minimum twenty meters by thirty meters and at least three meters deep. The temperature of water shouldn't be lower than twenty-five degrees Celsius. The perfect variant is twenty-six degrees Celsius.
A common fun of synchronized swimming understands that there is no good team if every swimmer is not confident in the partner. Those people who are under the water play the most important part in some acts. One wrong movement and the entire routine can be ruined. That's why it is very important that the water in swimming pool is clear. Another reason for clear water is that synchronized swimmers make some marks or use the lines on the bottom to keep their balance and maintain their place in the pool.