What we're about
Underwater Hockey is an exciting sport involving strategy, skill and fitness. Played at the bottom of a pool using snorkeling gear, teams try to get the weighted puck into the opposing goal by using short curved sticks. The sport is relatively low-impact, a good cross-training activity and offers an interesting break from other traditional sports.
Our club has been around for 5+ years and members come from all kinds of backgrounds. The games feature a mix of beginners to experienced players and we try to accommodate needs where possible. Both men and women play together (aka "co-ed") and generally we have a ratio of 60-70% male to 30-40% female. The atmosphere is very social and we maintain a high level of respect and safety.
Location: The club plays weekly at the Trinity-Bellwoods pool in downtown Toronto (Strachan & Queen St. West) where parking is available and there's easy access by transit. The money charged per player goes directly to the expense of the city permit for use of the pool.
Equipment: There's a large cache of used equipment available to anyone, especially beginners. Ideally any returning player should bring as much of their own equipment as possible. After a few games most players start purchasing their own equipment. Generally, if you have snorkeling gear, you should bring it. Don't forget your swimsuit and a towel!
To order gear, there are mainly 2 specialized companies in North America:
Canam UWH gear (USA) (http://www.canamuwhgear.com)
Bentfish USA (http://www.bentfishusa.com)
Media / News:
• Check it out our official Toronto Underwater Hockey Club Facebook group (https://www.facebook.com/groups/481262371927395/) add photos and interact with the other members of the club.
• A snapshot of us: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hnuNoQf0ukY .
• Also our lead organizer Emmanuel was featured in a radio interview with Seamus O'Reagan on Newstalk 1010! Here's a link to the podcast (http://media.newstalk1010.com/Podcasts/1808/MB%20Podcast%20Feb%20283516656640.mp3) and the interview starts around the 20:00 mark.
Tournaments: As a club we participated in several tournaments during the year. Most common tournaments attended included Michigan (Feb), Guelph (March), Cornwall (Sept), London (October), Montreal (November) and others. Depending of the interest we usually send 1 or 2 teams. Tournaments are a great opportunity for beginners to learn quickly in a very short period of time. We play between 5 to 8 games.
More Links: Here are additional links with selected videos and more information!
A video report on us, the Toronto Underwater Hockey Club! (http://ca.sports.yahoo.com/video/just-casual-game-underwater-hockey-130000495.html)
Women's Final @ America's Cup (2012) - Canada vs. Colombia (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m8zstN7rqJk)
US Coast Guard Academy (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ve8ojyXoY2M)
Another Youtube video (http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_detailpage&v=aiS2qn_VpMI#t=22s)
Beginner's Guide - San Francisco Underwater Hockey Club (http://www.sfuwh.org/uwh-beginner-guide/rules)
A good PDF guide! (http://uwsport.nmmu.ac.za/getmedia/9b2e1bae-777c-4520-8305-9f021de47889/52130548-Underwater-Hockey-Beginner-s-Guide?disposition=attachment)