We invite you to try Underwater Hockey. Underwater Hockey is a fun and competitive sport for people of all ages and genders.
Underwater hockey is a fast moving game that is played on the bottom of a 6 foot swimming pool by two teams of six. Players wear fins, mask, snorkel, a protective glove and headgear (the same kind as for water polo). The stick is short, approximately 6 inches long and made of wood. The puck is heavy to sink to the floor. The goals are 3 meters (9’) long on either end of the pool. Play and strategy is similar to soccer or ice hockey except that the playing surface is at the bottom of a pool.
The rules are "non-contact" and players generally cover zones around the puck. Success (scoring) ultimately depends on teamwork, since no single person can hold their breath forever. On average, each player is underwater about 10 seconds at a time, and almost never more than 20 seconds.
Success -- putting the puck in the goal trough at the bottom of each end wall -- ultimately depends on teamwork, not how long you can hold your breath. Play is fast and exciting - you go at it hard while holding your breath.
The sport offers great cross-training for scuba divers, runners, swimmers, and bikers. Plus, because it's non-contact and underwater, people of different sizes and genders play on an equal field. There is no checking and certainly no fighting, unlike ice hockey. Since no one can hold there breath forever their is no goalie.
Practices are open to men and women of all ages. Beginners are always welcome. Please note that most of our players do not use this meetup page, so we generally have many more attendees than is reflected by the meetup page attendance count.
WHAT DO I BRING?
If you have snorkeling gear (mask, fins and snorkel) that you'd like to use, feel free to bring it, but we have equipment for you to borrow.
All you really need is a
- a towel
Check out this video from a recent practice:
Here is a great introductory video from usauwh.com: http://vimeo.com/6919536
Or check out our other videos from our tournaments and practices:
See you on the bottom!