Grades & Skill Progression

From January 2017, English Synchronised swimming will be running a three-strand award system for athletes; Figure Grades, Routine Grades and Land Grades. 

As you progress as a synchronised swimmer you will need to have your synchro grades tested before you can enter certain competitions. Assessment days will be held throughout the year. 


Figure Grades

There are six synchro grades which provide an increasing test of ability for athletes on their age group figures. 

These grades support swimmer long term athlete development (LTAD) and ensure each athlete performs to their very best standard before moving to their next grade. Each grade has three levels (gold, silver and bronze) so all athletes have the ability to perfect their figures before moving to the next grade.

Swim England's website has a full list of each grade in addition to video demonstrations.  Click here to view.

 The criteria for each grade can be found below.

Figure Grade 1

Figure Grade 2

Figure Grade 3

Figure Grade 4

Figure Grade 5

Figure Grade 6


Routine Grades

There are five routine grades which provide an increasing test of ability for athletes on their routine skills. 

These grades compliment the figure grades and ensure athletes are developing their transitions, speed of movement and hybrids ready for solos, teams and routines as they develop.  

Swim England's website has a full list of each grade in addition to video demonstrations. Click here to view. 

The criteria for each grade can be found below.

Routine Grade 1

Routine Grade 2

Routine Grade 3

Routine Grade 4

Routine Grade 5  


Land Grades

There are five land grades which provide an increasing test of ability for athletes on their land skills. These will be released in January 2018.

These grades compliment the figure and routine grades, and ensure athletes are developing core strength, flexibility and speed of movement on land which transfer to the pool through figures and routines.