The Aquadettes are an extraordinary group of senior women from Laguna Woods, California who learn synchronized swimming routines and perform in an Annual Water Show. They work year-round and train two to three times a week to put on this show. The Aquadettes have appeared on TV in commercials, on CNN, the Today Show, NBC Nightly News, Inside Edition and many others. In 2019 the Aquadettes enjoyed swimming with Jeff Goldblum in the 2019 National Geographic/Disney series "The World According to Jeff Goldblum" in his episode on Pools (which streamed on the Disney Channel/Hulu). The Aquadettes have been in magazines and newspaper articles throughout the world, including an article on aging in a 1997 issue of National Geographic Magazine, which included a 2-page full-color picture. The Aquadettes are the longest-running senior synchronized swimming team in the world, who are still swimming and amazing today!
The Aquadettes love to perform and their annual show gives them a goal and challenge! But the main purpose of the Aquadettes is to prevent isolation, to encourage senior women to not be alone and to join a social group that stimulates their mind and moves their body! The typical Aquadette loves the water, loves music, and most have no prior experience with synchronized swimming at all. Once they come try out, most find they really are able to do it and they are thrilled to do something they never thought they could do!
Many of the members deal with health issues, such as arthritis, joint replacements, osteoporosis, and serious back problems. They look forward to coming because they find the water healing and pain-free in this non-gravity environment! The members have often used this exercise as part of their rehabilitation and recovery from everything from broken bones and cancer to heart surgery. They believe it not only improves the quality of their lives, but are living proof that it extends their lives as well.
In 2020 (their 56th year), they will unfortunately be unable to put on their annual water show due to the Corona Virus. However as the pools are opening up, they are already beginning to swim together and plan on having their 2021 Aqua Follies Water Show (as always) at Clubhouse 1, Pool 1, in the Laguna Woods Village (24232 Calle Aragon). scheduled for 3 nights beginning Thursday, August 26th through Saturday, August 28th. Each night is a 300-seat, 60-minute show and is open to the public for those who buy their tickets here online when they become available. The show features women ranging in age from their 50's to their late 80's, performing a rigorous swimming musical revue to an eclectic mix of music from popular hits to a patriotic finale; which is completely produced by these swimmers; including choreography, music, staging, lighting and the sewing of sparkling costumes. You won't want to miss it! It's like nothing you've ever seen! The cost of admission is $10.00. The pool gates open at 7 pm and the show starts at 8 pm. It's open seating, so come early and bring a jacket (it can get chilly). For group seating or more information, please call or text (949) 633-9795 or call (949) 462-0810. Stay safe and we look forward to seeing you in 2021!