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Wildrose Stream

 Aurora Synchro Wildrose 2014-2015 - tentative

Registration is not open yet, but here is the information you need:

Wildrose is the provincial stream in Alberta, where swimmers participate in meets within the province. Aurora Wildrose swimmers, typically 7 to 16 years old, participate fully in the sport, including presenting a team routine and figures at meets. Swimmers also sample the glamour of synchro: wearing team and club wardrobe items, putting up their hair, and applying a bit of makeup, with older, more accomplished athletes as role models.

Aurora Wildrose teams are organized by skill level and commitment; in other words, the amount of experience in synchro or related sports (such as swimming, gymnastics, diving, or dance) and the number of practices per week. Depending on registration, Aurora Synchro offers the choice of training one, two, three, or four times per week. Because of the technical skills they learn, participants who are 11 years or older must practise at least three times a week (unless they start in January, when we offer only the once-a-week program).

Here are the proposed, tentative 2014-2015 practice schedules for Aurora Wildrose, to be confirmed. If you're interested in synchronized swimming but not sure if the proposed training schedule will work for you, please contact the Aurora Synchro head coach.

Aurora Wildrose practice schedules TBD
  A. Once a week
(1x) (2 hours)


For novices

B. Twice a week
(2x) (5 hours)

For age 10 and under  

C. Three times a week
(3x) (8 hours)

For those with  experience or older than 10
 
D. Four times a week
(4x) (12 hours)

For those with experience or older than 10
 
  Start dates TBD

Runs until end of May
Week of Sep. 22
until end of May
Week of Sep. 15
until end of May
Week of Sep. 15
until end of May

Sun.

 

     
Mon.    

Kinsmen**
4:00 to 6:00 p.m.

Starts Sept 15

Kinsmen**
4:00 to 6:00 p.m.

Starts Sept 15

Tue.

 

     

Wed.

Kinsmen**
4:30 to 6:30 p.m.

Start date TBD

Kinsmen**
4:30 to 6:30 p.m.

Starts Sept. 22

Kinsmen**
4:30 to 6:30 p.m.

Kinsmen**
4:00 to 7:00 p.m.
Thu.       Kinsmen**
4:00 to 7:00 p.m.

Sat.

 

Terwillegar
7:30 to 9:30 a.m.

 

Terwillegar
7:00 to 10:00 a.m.

 
Kinsmen**
7:00 to 11:00 a.m.
Kinsmen**
7:00 to 11:00 a.m.
Events*

1. Kirstin Normand figures
Saturday, October 26,
in Edmonton

2.  Christmas Watershow December 20, 2014

3. Wildrose Classic April 17-19, in Edmonton
(as preswimmers or exhibition, subject to Synchro Alberta approval)

 

4.  Aurora Synchro Spring Watershow, April TBD

5. Optional:  Spring Trophy
    2nd weekend in May
 in Calgary
(as preswimmers
or exhibition)

1. Kirstin Normand figures
 Saturday, October 25, in Edmonton

2.  Edmonton Region Figures Meet.  Saturday, November TBD.  

            3. Wildrose Classic Qualifier
   March TBD

4. Wildrose Classic, Edmonton
    April 17th -19th, 2015

5. Michelle Cameron Invitati, in Calgary

For out-of-town meets swimmers will miss school on Friday.

*Because synchro is a team sport, swimmers are required to attend these events and may not miss practice for two weeks before an event.

**After a few weeks swimmers at the Kinsmen will require a pass to enter. Please see the cashier about a month into the program. 

***O'Leary Pool is not available for the 2014-2015 season
As always, if you have questions or concerns, please contact the 
Aurora Synchro head coach.

 

A. Wildrose FUNdamentals once a week (1x)

Wildrose FUNdamentals is Aurora Synchro's introductory program for children who are new to synchronized swimming. Typically 7 to 10 years old, swimmers should have completed Red Cross Swim Kids 3 (or equivalent). Wildrose FUNdamentals swimmers and parents participate in a range of synchro fun with minimal commitments and travel to only one out-of-town meet.

This program is for you if:

  • You have no synchro experience or a little bit of synchro experience
  • You have completed Red Cross Swim Kids 3 or equivalent
  • You're comfortable in deep water, able to swim 25m without assistance
  • If you're a bit younger of not yet comfortable in deep water, we suggested Aurora Synchro's AquaSquirts program

Advantages of Aurora Synchro's Wildrose FUNdamentals (1x) program

  • The parental volunteer commitment is minimal: two hours of volunteering.
  • No fundraising is required, but fees can be reduced by volunteering at bingos.
  • Swimmers can invite a friend to a lesson.
  • You can attend the first class with no obligation. Contact us at info@aurorasynchro.org or 780-439-7091 to do so.

Fees and dues for Wildrose FUNdamentals (1x) (Subject to change before August 1, 2014)

  • Registration fee, including an Aurora swim cap and nose clip, $125
  • Seven installments (Nov. 1 to May 1) of $90
    That's $630 for approximately 60 hours of training
  • Or if you start in January, four installments (Feb. 1 to May 1) of $98
  • Travel installments: $0
    As the parents typically travel with the swimmers to their meet, trip expenses (travel, food, accommodations) will be paid by the parents at that time.
  • Wardrobe items totaling approximately $150
  • Bingos required: 0
  • Fundraising required: 0
  • Volunteering: 2 hours
    A volunteering fee of $20 per hour may be assessed at the end of the season if volunteering commitments aren’t met.
  • Fees can be reduced through bingos, fundraising, and donation dividends. Click here for details on reducing fees.

 

B. Wildrose twice a week (2x)

Wildrose 2x is Aurora Synchro's novice program. Typically 7 to 10 years old, swimmers should have completed Red Cross Swim Kids 3 (or equivalent). Swimmers enjoy the full range of synchro fun, including presenting figures and a routine at events, travelling to two out-of-town meets, plus training in other aquatic skills like swimming and diving. Swimmers gain a sense of achievement as they have fun.

This program is for you if:

  • You have no synchro experience or a little bit of synchro experience
  • You have completed Red Cross Swim Kids 3 or equivalent, can swim 25m unassisted
  • You're comfortable in deep water

Advantages of Aurora Synchro's Wildrose 2x program

  • The parental volunteer commitment is minimal.
  • Travel to an event is a big part of the fun.
  • No fundraising is required, but costs can be reduced by volunteering at bingos.
  • Swimmers can invite a friend to a lesson.
  • You can attend the first class with no obligation. Contact us at info@aurorasynchro.org or 780-439-7091 to do so.

Fees and dues for Wildrose 2x  (Subject to change before August 1, 2014)

  • Registration fee, including an Aurora swim cap and nose clip, $125
  • Seven program dues installments (Nov. 1 to May 1) of $182.29
    That's $1,276 for approximately 150 hours of training
  • Seven travel installments (Nov. 1 to May 1) of $115
    If actual travel costs are more/less than the total installments, an invoice/refund will be issued at the end of the season.
  • Eight bingo donations (Nov. 1 to May 1) of $31.50
    Earn this money back by meeting your bingo commitment of 11 bingo hours!  When a bingo shift is completed, a credit of $20 per hour is applied to your account.
  • Wardrobe items up to about $150, depending on what items you already own
  • Fundraising required: $0
  • Volunteering: 5 hours
    A volunteering fee of $20 per hour may be assessed at the end of the year if volunteering commitments aren’t met.
  • Fees can be reduced through bingos, fundraising and donation dividends.   Details on reducing fees will be available soon.

 

C. and D. Wildrose three times a week (3x) or four times a week (4x)

Wildrose 3x and 4x are Aurora Synchro's programs for swimmers with some experience or a lot of eagerness. Swimmers enjoy the full range of synchro fun and gain a sense of achievement as they have fun and master new skills.

This program is for you if:

  • You have some synchronized swimming experience, or
  • You have no synchro experience, but you are a strong swimmer, or
  • You have no synchro experience, but you have participated in a related sport such as gymnastics or dancing, or
  • You have no synchro experience, but you're eager to try it.

Advantages of Aurora Synchro's Wildrose 3x/4x program

  • Synchro experience is beneficial but not required.
  • The parental volunteer commitment is small: 10/12 hours of volunteering.
  • Teams travel to two meets. It's a big part of the fun.
  • Some fundraising is required, such as working at bingos. Costs can be further reduced by volunteering at bingos.
  • You can attend the first class with no obligation. Contact us at info@aurorasynchro.org or 780-439-7091 to do so.

Fees and dues for Wildrose 3x  (Subject to change before August 1, 2014)

  •  Registration fee, including an Aurora swim cap and nose clip,  $125
  • Eight program dues installments (October 1 to May 1) of $239
    That's $1,912 for approximately 224 hours of training
  • Eight travel installments (October 1 to May 1) of $130
    If actual travel costs are more/less than the total installments, an invoice/refund will be issued at the end of the season.
  • Eight bingo donations (Oct. 1 to May 1) of $55
    Earn this money back by meeting your bingo commitment of 22 bingo hours!  When a bingo shift is completed, a credit of $20 per hour is applied to your account.
  • Wardrobe items up to about $300, depending on what items you already own
  • Fundraising required: $0
  • Volunteering: 10 hours
    A volunteering fee of $20 per hour may be assessed at the end of the year if volunteering commitments aren’t met.
  • Fees can be reduced through bingos, fundraising, and donation dividends. Click here for details on reducing fees.

Fees and dues for Wildrose 4x  (Subject to change before August 1, 2014)

  • Registration fee, including an Aurora swim cap and nose clip, $125
  • Eight program dues installments (October 1 to May 1) of $315
    That's $2,520 for approximately 320 hours of training
  • Eight travel installments (October 1 to May 1) of $130
    If actual travel costs are more/less than the total installments, an invoice/refund will be issued at the end of the season.
  • Eight bingo donations (Oct. 1 to May 1) of $67.50
    Earn this money back by meeting your bingo commitment of 27 bingo hours!  When a bingo shift is completed, a credit of $20 per hour is applied to your account.
  • Wardrobe items up to about $300, depending on what items you already own
  • Fundraising required: $0
  • Volunteering: 12 hours 
    A volunteering fee of $20 per hour may be assessed at the end of the year if volunteering commitments aren’t met.
  • Fees can be reduced through bingos, fundraising, and donation dividends. Click here for details on reducing fees.

 

Advantages of Aurora Synchro's Wildrose Stream

Aurora Synchro

  • is Edmonton's premier synchro club, in existence since 1981
  • is the only club in northern Alberta with both Wildrose and National level teams, so if a swimmer switches streams, they don't need to switch clubs and lose the friendships they have made 
  • is recognized by Synchro Canada's Club Excellence program as a silver level club
  • has placed swimmers on national and Olympic teams 
  • coaches have high levels of certification
  • trains primarily at the premier sports facility in Edmonton, one with world-class amenities and that meets international FINA guidelines for synchronized swimming performances
  • hosts at least two interclub events each year 
  • offers camps for our members throughout the summer, as well as Christmas break and spring break camps
  • has a powerful website where members can track upcoming events, their commitments, and their account balances 
  • offers multiple ways to reduce fees
  • other than the registration fee, no payments are due until at least October 1 

In addition to learning synchronized swimming skills, Aurora Synchro swimmers learn:

  • swimming skills
  • diving skills
  • flexibility and stretching
  • teamwork
  • time management
  • presentation skills
  • rhythm
  • other life skills, such as preparing for a performance or trip

Wildrose synchro teams may be of mixed ages. At a meet the event the team enters is based on the average age of the members of the team. However, swimmers perform figures in their individual age category. Wildrose age groups for events are 10U, 11-12, 13-15, and 16-18.

For example, if a team is made up of children ages 11, 11, 11, 12, 12, 13, 13,* the average age of the team is 12, so the team would perform in the 11-12 team event. The swimmers ages 11 and 12 would perform 11-12 figures, and the swimmers age 13 would perform 13-15 figures.

Synchro age is calculated as at the end of the year when the competitions are held. For 2013-14 the competitions occur in 2014, so age is calculated as at December 31, 2014.


 

Registration

The registration fee is fully refundable until the program begins. Other than the registration fee, you pay no program dues until October 1 (or November 1 as indicated above).

Click here to start registration.

Registration with the Aurora Synchro club is for the synchro year, from September to August.

Registration is a multi-step process.

  1. First you submit the registration form and pay the registration fee.
  2. Then we approve it and send you log-in information.
  3. Then you can sign in to the website. Some of the web pages are hidden to the public, visible only when you're signed in.
  4. Once you're registered with the club, throughout the year you can sign up for other activities such as camps and volunteering.

For more information on Aurora Synchro please contact us at info@aurorasynchro.org or 780-439-7091.

Lots of our members carpool to the pool. We have members from all over the city and surrounding areas. Let us know if you're interested in car pooling, and we'll put you in touch.


Web page revised April 17, 2014

Fees, dues, schedules, and so on are subject to change.

Programs are dependent on coach availability and registrations.