CROATIA, Klub Sinkroniziranog plivanja Primorje Aqua Maris (KSP), Synchronized Swimming Club Primorje Aqua Maris
The Synchronized Swimming Club “Primorje Aqua Maris” exists as an independent unit since 1996, before which it existed only as a small section of the Swimming Club “Primorje”. “Primorje Aqua Maris” is a non-profit organisation, our selected members of the committee board are volunteers who actively participate in every aspect of the sport; these enthusiasts invest their own time, knowledge, and most of all, their love and appreciation in helping our club grow and get better each year.
One year after it was independently founded, we organised the first, and still, to this day the only International Competition in Synchronized swimming in the Republic of Croatia. The competition has been successfully held since 1997, and this year we will proudly organise our 19th “Primorje Synchro Cup”. Apart from international competitions, 7 years ago, we started another tradition and since have evolved it passionately to the best of our abilities: a biannual tradition, involving two synchronized swimming themed shows. One in the winter and the other in the summer. These shows are not competitive, rather they are a lot like theatre production shows made for the audience to enjoy them. We organise them extremely carefully and in excruciating detail, from choosing a theme, inventing a complete script to tell the story, creating the choreography, hand-making all the costumes and the scene props, doing hair and make-up for all the swimmers, to organising professional lighting, live music, photographers and press. Because they are theme shows, the point is to be able to tell a beautiful story through the art of synchronized swimming, convey it to the audience and leave them mesmerized. As stated earlier, we are a non-profit organisation, and organising such events literally includes every single person in our club, their efforts, knowledge and expertise which are hard to come by in this sport. Currently we hold the count of 110 swimmers aged 4-20, 4 educated trainers and 5 honorary trainers; we welcomed 3 different trainers from Russia, one of whom has stayed with us for 14 years and still counting, this year we invited a guest trainer/ Olympic swimmer from Belarus so she can help our trainers and swimmers gain new experiences.
We are members of RSS, the Croatian Association of Synchronized Swimming, which is a member of the Croatian Olympic Committee. Our main administrative body is the secretary office, with permanent employment, coordinating everything in the daily, monthly and yearly events. “Primorje Aqua Maris” is the only synchronized swimming club in Croatia with an administrative hierarchy.