The outstanding success of Canada’s national artistic swimming teams stem from a solid membership base and the quality programming offered by Canada Artistic Swimming, the governing body of the sport in Canada.
Canada Artistic Swimming, a volunteer-based organization with a professional staff based in Ottawa, is responsible for the development and operation of the sport through a wide variety of programs. These programs encompass research and development; marketing and communications; participation; athletes, officials’ and coaches’ development; and competitions. The association also coordinates the activities of the eleven provincial sections.
The sport of artistic swimming is accessible to all Canadians, promotes fun, fitness and allows participants to reach their own level of excellence.
Participation and competitive model (view here – .pdf)
Over 7,000 members are registered with Canada Artistic Swimming, while another 20,000 participate in recreational artistic swimming programs. Participants range in age from eight to 85. 98% are female, although the interest in males is growing. The swimmers are supported by over 400 certified officials, 1200 active coaches and hundreds of administrators and organizers who are committed to the sport.
- Is a national, non-profit, volunteer association actively engaged in enhancing the quality of life for all Canadians through the promotion, teaching and fostering of the sport of artistic swimming;
- Is the single national governing body for artistic swimming in Canada;
- Is an independent research, educational and service organization dedicated to the encouragement and improvement of artistic swimming in Canada;
- Is a world leader both competitively and technically, in artistic swimming. From its 1924 beginnings in Montreal to its debut in the 1984 Olympic Games, artistic swimming has been actively pursued by more than 71 countries worldwide. Canada proudly ranks among the forefront of these nations.
Canada Artistic Swimming
- Provides technical and administrative services to its athletes, coaches, officials, volunteers and provincial member associations;
- Works towards improving the quality of artistic swimming programs and aquatic facilities;
- Operates through a national volunteer board of directors and a number of action committees comprised of interested members from across Canada;
- A professional staff administers association business from the National Office based in Ottawa.