To provide swimmers of all abilities and backgrounds the opportunity to
achieve their personal best
as individuals, athletes, and team members
in a club environment that values
respect, dedication, and sportsmanship.
Artistic (Synchronized) Swimming is a hybrid of swimming, gymnastics and dance. It demands advanced water skills and requires great strength, endurance, flexibility, grace, artistry, breath control and synchronization. Artistic swimmers perform creative and unique routines as teams and solos or duets all while making it look effortless. If your child loves the water, this is the sport for them!
Nova Artistic Swimming (previously Nova Synchro Club) was formed in 1988 in response to a large gap between what was recreational and competitive artistic swimming. There was already a strong competitive club in Edmonton; however, the only recreational opportunities for swimmers were short classes offered infrequently in pools around the city. Coaches were hard to recruit for these recreational programs, as competitive clubs offered more stability, experience, and support at various levels.
The vision of a club where children of all ages and experience could continue to enjoy the sport of artistic swimming in programs that offered challenge and fun came to life thanks to founding member and first Head Coach, Marnie McDougal, and the generous hearts and hands of many parent volunteers. To this day Nova Artistic Swimming distinguishes itself as an extended family for swimmers, coaches and parents. Our mission to provide swimmers of all abilities and backgrounds the opportunity to achieve their personal best as individuals, athletes and team members in a club environment that values respect, dedication and sportsmanship guides all our club activities.
Our logo was designed by one of the first swimmers in the club, Cherie Hoyles. It represents a stylized artistic swimming figure in the shape of a red N for Nova. The name Nova was chosen as it was once one of the required figures for teams. Nova also means a very bright star, and that is exactly how we see each of our swimmers. Our club colours are red, white and black.
In 2021, we announced our new club name, Nova Artistic Swimming. The sport of synchronized swimming was re-named artistic swimming in 2017 by the world governing body for aquatic sports, FINA. Changing our name allowed us to align with our provincial, national and international governing bodies.