Underwater hockey meetup group for the Minneapolis-St. Paul area.

If you are comfortable in the water, willing to learn/able to use snorkel, fins, and mask we invite you to try Underwater Hockey (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Underwater_hockey) , a fun and competitive sport for people of all ages and genders.

WHAT:

Underwater hockey is played on the bottom of a 6-12 foot deep 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 1 foot long and made of wood or plastic polymer. The puck is heavy, around 3 lb. and coated with a protective layer of hard plastic. The goals are 3 meters (9’) long.

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 her breath forever.

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.

WHO?

Practices are open to men and women of all ages. Beginners are always welcome.

Playing Underwater Hockey requires good physical stamina and swimming abilities.  People interested in playing Underwater Hockey should be in good physical shape, and willing to learn to snorkel underwater.

Practices usually consist of scrimmage and instructional sessions, so there's something for everyone.   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.

HOW MUCH DOES IT COST?
If you are new to the sport, the first time is for free. After that, you pay on a per-practice basis, typically $5-$6.

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

- swimsuit
- a towel.

Optionally you may want to bring a 
- a lock to lock your belongings in one of the available lockers
- white clean gym socks for added foot protection when wearing the fins
- shampoo.

It is best not to eat a large meal less than an hour before practice to avoid possible stomach upset.

Join us and be the first to know when new Meetups are scheduled
Log in with Facebook to find out
By creating a Meetup account, you agree to the Terms of Service

Welcome!

Recent Meetups

What's new

  • New Member
    David S. David S. joined
    2 days ago
  • New comment
    Matt (. Matt (. commented on Outdoor Scrimmage
    4 days ago
    Matt (.

    "Dang I missed this one. Love getting outdoors each year!!!"

    Read more…

  • New comment
    Matt (. Matt (. commented on Outdoor Scrimmage
    4 days ago
    Matt (.

    "Wheew, I thought I missed this. Will there be Potluck to follow?"

    Read more…

  • New comment
    Don Don commented on Wed Nite Scrimmage
    6 days ago
    Don

    "I joined the group a couple of months ago knowing that I was moving to Minnesota. I'll make it to the next new player night. Is it ok to come by the scrimmage on Wednesday and watch?"

    Read more…

  • New comment
    Robert M. Robert M. commented on Outdoor Scrimmage
    July 26
    Robert M.

    "how does the ouitdoor Scrimmage work do you have the pool resd or do you play around a bunch of kids ? to late for today maybe but Id like to know"

    Read more…

  • New Photo Comment
    Katie K. Katie K. commented on a photo
    July 26

    "Jeff, Amy, Kurt, Pedro, Harrison. The front line."

  • New Photo Comment
    Katie K. Katie K. commented on a photo
    July 26

    "Ben, Matt, Katie, Chris. Gurkan...The backs of the back line."

  • New Photos
    K added 25 new photos to Nationals, 2015
    July 25
  • New Photos
    K added 4 new photos to Nationals, 2015
    July 9
  • New Photo
    K added a new photo to Nationals, 2015
    July 8
 
Founded Dec 13, 2010

Help support your Meetup

Chip in

People in this
Meetup are also in:

Imagine having a community behind you

Get started Learn more
Rafaël

We just grab a coffee and speak French. Some people have been coming every week for months... it creates a kind of warmth to the group.

Rafaël, started French Conversation Group

Sign up

Meetup members, Log in

By clicking "Sign up" or "Sign up using Facebook", you confirm that you accept our Terms of Service & Privacy Policy