Club Info

Entry requirements

Synchronised swimming requires flexibility and stamina. Current or previous experience in swimming, dance, diving or gymnastics is therefore helpful. All new swimmers must be able to swim continuously a distance of 100 metres in front crawl, back crawl and breast stroke without getting breathless. The club also has a minimum age of 8.

At present we do not have a masters section (age 19 and above).


The Club trains 6 times a week: 4 pool sessions and 2 land based sessions. Beginners can attend 1 or 2 pool sessions and 1 land based session. More experienced swimmers attend between 2 and 6 sessions.

Training Sessions

The Royal Commonwealth Pool
06:00 – 07:00

Portobello Swim Centre
19:00 – 20:00      or
20:00 – 21:30

Portobello Swim Centre
19:00 – 20:00     Pool session
20:15 – 21:15      Land training

The Royal Commonwealth Pool
15:00 – 16:00      Land training
16:00 – 18:00      Pool session

Swimmers must be on the poolside ready at these start times.

For land training swimmers must be wearing a t-shirt, shorts or leggings, socks and trainers. For pool sessions swimmers must be wearing a swimming costume and have a cap, a nose clip and goggles. For both sessions all swimmers must have a drink for hydration.

The club also encourages swimmers to go to swimming training sessions at Grove Swimming Club.

Joining Fee

The joining fee is £46 per swimmer. Swimmers who are already SASA members have a reduced joining fee of £20.


Wednesday only swimmers (swim) – £21 per month
Sunday only swimmers (swim and land training) – £28 per month
Wednesday and Sunday swimmers (with optional Tuesday morning swim) – £38 per month

Discount if ESSC membership is in addition to membership of another Scottish Amateur Swimming Association (SASA) affiliated club – £2 / month
Discount for second ESSC swimmer in family – £2 / month

Subscriptions are payable by standing order on the first day of every month.

Progression in synchronised swimming

In synchronised swimming you are graded according to your standard and your age. When you start you are in the beginner’s section. There are 6 grade levels to achieve, starting at Grade 1. The club has internal assessments so you know how you are doing. Grade 1 can take anything from a few months to a year or more to achieve (dependent on the skills the swimmer already has, age, commitment etc). More information on grades is here.


Any trophies awarded remain the property of the club. The winner of a trophy shall guarantee safe custody and return of the trophy when requested by the Committee. The Club shall be responsible for arranging and funding the engraving of the winner’s name on trophies.


You are expected to keep the club informed of any medical conditions you are suffering from and any medication you are taking.

If you use an inhaler you must bring it onto the poolside for each training session and competition, it must also be labelled with your name.

It is the swimmers responsibility to ensure that any medications they are taking (prescribed or self-administered) are not on the ‘banned substance’ list.  See a coach for this list.

Photographs / videos

The Club may take photographs or videos of swimmers in training or in competitions. Club photos and videos may be used on our website, facebook page or twitter unless the club has been notified otherwise.