Grades

There are six figure grades available within UK synchronised swimming and there are two assessment days held in Scotland each year where swimmers can be officially assessed. Swimmers may also attend assessment days in England

Swimmers will be advised in advance if they have been selected to attend a figure grade assessment day.

All figure grades have splits elements so it is very important for all swimmers to be stretching at home so that they achieve flat splits as soon as possible (see Louise’s video for help).

The figure grade documents are below.

Grades
Figure Grade 1
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Figure Grade 2
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Figure Grade 3
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Figure Grade 4
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Figure Grade 5
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Figure Grade 6
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Depending on the marks for each element in the figure grade, the swimmer will be awarded either Bronze (average of 5.0), Silver (average of 6.0) or Gold (average of 7.0). If the swimmer has an average of less than 5.0, or has two or more elements with a mark below 4.5, the swimmer will have failed the assessment. The full conditions are here.

Videos of the elements for Grade one are here.
Videos of the elements for Grade two are here.
Videos of the elements for Grade three are here.
Videos of the elements for Grade four are here.
Videos of the elements for Grade five are here.
Videos of the elements for Grade six are here.

The FINA video for age group figures is here.
The FINA video for Junior elements is here.
The FINA video for Senior elements is here.

Routine grades and land grades have been introduced. More information can be found here.

Below are documents from FINA to help you understand the basic positions and movements in synchro, how positions, figures and routines are marked, and a link to the full FINA manual:

FINA manual broken down
12&under figures 2018 to 2021
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13-15 figures 2018 to 2021
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Analysis of basic positions and movements
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Analysis of figures
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Angle marking guide
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Deduction guidelines for 12&under figures
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Deduction guidelines for 13-15 figures
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Full FINA Manual 2017 - 2021
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Glossary of terms
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Height marking guide - pictures
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Height marking guide - words
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Illnesses and injuries
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Judging scales for difficulty in routines
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Junior elements
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Marking guide for figures
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Splits marking guide
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