COMPETITOR GUIDELINES

Judging

Artistic Impression

50%

Technical Figures

50%

Penalty

5%/penalty


ARTISTIC IMPRESSION – From the Standpoint of Perfection - 10

Choreography

The creative skill of composing a routine that combines artistic and technical elements. The design and weaving together of variety and creativity of all movements.

Music Interpretation

Expressing the mood of the music. Use of the music’s structure.

Manner of Presentation

The manner in which the swimmer present the routine to the viewers. The total command of the performance of the routine.

Extremely captivating, creative and innovative. Whole routine is memorable.
Perfectly cohesive and balanced structure. Extensive variety of hybrids, strokes and highlights.

Numerous and fluid creative pattern changes. All areas of pool are covered and the choreography is designed to showcase the creative movements.

Elements of surprise and uniqueness with use of music.
Totally at one with the music.
Movements used obviously require this particular music throughout.

Swimmers express both obvious and subtle qualities of the music and take advantage of all the musical elements to achieve an emotional impact.
Leaves a lasting impression with this piece of music.

Total command, compelling attention.
The viewers and judges can’t take their eyes off the routine.
More of an experience than just a routine. Projects personality and involves all viewers. Charismatic. Completely poised & confident. Each performance appears fresh.
Total body used for expression.


TECHNICAL FIGURES

The following 10 figures must be performed within your routine in the exact order listed below.

Each figure must be done in one breath to get the maximum points.

 

1. Round way laps - Sideways 

Controlled speed

Controlled buoyancy: Constant height for the full lap

Fluidity of the movement: nice, flowy, full body wave, pointed feet, body extension, no knees kicking.

Horizontal body position, Full Body should face the side window.

12 meters total

2. Figure 8  

  • SPACE: Use the full space of the tank
  • 2 entrances in the water (first backward, second forward)
  • SHAPE: Create a clear and even figure 8 shape
  • Fluidity: constant speed for the full figure. No pause

 

3. Tornado  

Body extension psoas, knees toward the back

Controlled buoyancy

Fluidity / speed

4. Round way laps - Front

Controlled speed

Controlled buoyancy: Constant height for the full lap

Fluidity of the movement: nice full body flowy wave, pointed feet, body extension, no knees kicking.

Horizontal body position, Face of the body should point toward the floor.

• 12 meters total

5. Spin

Vertical body position

Minimum of a 360 degree rotation on yourself

Body position. Upside down

6. Upper body movement sequence

Duration of the sequence must be between 10-15 seconds

Position in the tank should be static

Arm movement, dance combination should be fluid, constant

Include movement of your hands, arms, shoulders and head

7. Dolphin entrance with 2 backflips

Starting position floating face up at the surface.

The head, hips and feet leave the surface sequencially, leading into 2 backflips in a row

• The backflips are circular shaped

8. Round way laps - Back

Controlled speed

Controlled buoyancy: Constant height for the full lap

Fluidity of the movement: nice full body flowy wave, pointed feet, body extension, no excessive bend at the knees.

Horizontal body position, facing the surface.

• 12 meters total

9. Torpedo

Straight body line (no arched back), pointed feet, head aligned with the spin

Horizontal body position

Movement forward during the rotation

10. Zigzag swim (3 waves at maximum amplitude)

• Swim from the surface to the bottom and back up 3 times in a giant wave motion.

Create a nice and even wave shape, S curve

Use the full space of the tank


PENALTIES

• Routine duration must be 3 minutes or less.

• Routine music must be royalty free.

• Respect of time in the tank: Maximum 5 minutes in the tank per participant (3 minutes for the routine), 1 minute to get in, 1 minute to get out.

• No swimming accessories: nose clip, goggles, diving mask etc. (Weights for buoyancy control are allowed). Any special props for your performance must be approved by management before your routine.

• Keep the Aquarium clean: Do not leave pieces of costume in the water (example: sequins, glitter, beads, fabric, jewelry...)

• Respect for the competition: Judges, staff, volunteers, spectators and other competitors.


Schedule of the Competition

Registration : 8-9AM

Greetings, Instruction for the day, Judges introduction: 9-9:30AM

Competition Part 1: 9:30AM-12:30PM

Lunch Break: 12:30-1:30PM

Competition Part 2: 1:30-4:30PM

Closing Ceremony: 5-5:30PM


OTHER INFORMATION

Music Selection:

Music for routine must royalty free music.

• Email your music selection to info@aquamermaid.com

• Title of the email: MUSIC: Participant Full Name, Province/State and City representing

Makeup recommendation:

  • Minimal waterproof makeup is allowed

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  • Avoid heavy makeup and glitter to reduce water pollution (and avoid a penalty)