Put on your flowered swim cap and get ready to practice those pirouettes, because London‘s The Berkeley hotel has announced a new synchronized swimming package that will surely bring out the competitor in us all.
Just in time for the Olympics, the hotel has partnered with Aquabatix, an award-winning synchronized swimming team. Aquabatix will host a weekly 90-minute master class during the months of July and August in the hotel’s open-air pool.
This unique mix of swimming and dance started in the 1920s and reached fame in the ’30s and ’40s, but is still practiced today.
Swimmers will learn several key skills including the “egg beater kick, a form of treading water that allows for stability and height above the water while leaving the hands free to perform strokes, as well as “sculling,” hand movements used to propel the body which are the most essential part to synchronized swimming. The session is completed with a choreographed routine with accompanying music.
We’re mostly interested in the chance to take in the pool, which boasts panoramic views of the city’s famous Hyde Park. And, at £125 per person, the price isn’t too bad either, considering the class also involves a show by the famed team. At the very least, it’s a lot healthier than lounging by the pool with a cocktail, which is what we’re normally wont to do.