Although thousands of people play underwater hockey all over the world many people haven’t heard of it. We have made a short video of one of our games to introduce you to our sport. Underwater hockey is easy to learn and you will be able to join a game after a short training session.
New members are always welcome and if you would like a free “have-a-go” session then please contact us using the form below – or just turn up on a Friday evening!
Book a have-a-go session
Experienced players and members of the BOA are always welcome to play as guests and don’t need to book. Just send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org so that we know to expect you.
Booking update – 7th February 2024
The club is now full for absolute beginners and we have suspended have-a-go bookings for now. We would love to meet you in future. Why not sign-up to our wait list?
We will contact you as soon as have-a-go spaces are available.
Underwater hockey is a hockey-like game played between two teams of 6 players on the floor of a swimming pool. The players try to push a lead puck into the opposing team’s goal. It is a non-contact sport although inevitably the most active players may bump into each other.
Players wear a mask, fins and snorkel and some protective equipment.
Underwater hockey is simply great fun. A great comparison is 5-a-side football but the big difference is that older players are not at a massive disadvantage because even young people have to surface to breath! We are friendly club and our motto is “Have fun, make friends, get fit”.
We only accept children under 16 years old if their parents are in the pool learning with them. The club started when a dad was looking for an activity for his daughter to do for Duke of Edinburgh and they both played.
You can buy top quality kit for less than £80 and often much less. Have a look a our kit page for more details. We have a small amount club kit that have-a-go players and new members are welcome to use until they get their own.
The BOA is the managing body for Underwater Hockey in the UK. Corporate and personal memberships are a requirement of booking the pool. Once you start playing with us regularly (~4 times) you must become a member of the BOA.
Go to https://www.gbuwh.co.uk/register and specify LUWHC as your club and make the required payment (~£30 in 2024). The club officers (James, Alan, Graeme) will be told when your application is approved. All subsequent renewals will be made by the club in October of each year and the club will collect the appropriate fee from you at that time.
Where to buy kit
The club has a wide variety of old kit that beginners can borrow if they don’t have their own but most people will buy their own kit because it is much more comfortable and reliable.
Here is a list of the kit you will need,
Mask, Fins and Snorkel
Many players have a mask, fins and snorkel from previous snorkelling or diving activities but if you don’t then these items are cheap and will make your next holiday by the water even more enjoyable.
Any mask costing more than £20 should be fine. We recommend that masks have two lenses rather than one because that makes them a bit stronger.
Good brands include Cressi and Subea. It is nice to try them on before you buy and you might want to go to Decathalon. Some users prefer to pay a bit more for clear silicone masks because they last a bit longer. You can also buy them from the BOA Shop.
Snorkels are very simple and any one will do, expect to pay between £5 and £25. Some players prefer snorkels that have replaceable mouthpieces like diving regulators or vent valves at the bottom but these cost a little more. Decathlon do a nice range of snorkels or you can buy them from BOA Shop.
Sticks are usually sold as a black and white pair. Expect to pay £30 to £50. They are basically just bits of plastic but players will have their personal preference for size and shape. Try different sticks in the pool and discuss them with other players before buying.
Lefties note that you will need to buy left handed sticks! Buy from the BOA Shop.
Underwater Hockey is a meant to be a non-contact sport but when you have many people in the pool chasing the puck some collisions are inevitable. Players must use the correct protective equipment. The club can lead this to you until you buy your own.
There is a small danger of being struck in the ears by someone’s fin. For this reason players must wear a water polo cap in black or white. You only need one but most players have two so they can play black or white (any number will do).
Players must wear a protective glove on their playing hand. The club provide orange nylon gloves (from Wickes) but you may prefer to make you own using lots of mastic or buy one from the BOA Shop. Expect to pay £30 to £50. Buy from the BOA Shop.
Players must fix a mouthguard to their snorkel to protect their pearly white teeth. The £3.50 ones work well enough. Buy from the BOA Shop.
There are many dive shops in London and one is sure to be close to you or on your commute (Ocean Leisure at Charing Cross is very convenient) worth a particular mention is Amphibian Sports which is only a couple of miles from Forest Hill Pools.
Here is a Google Map showing them all the dive shops in London. Simply click a marker to learn more about them. If you are planning a visit I recommend that you call them first and explain what you want and then they will ready to help you when you arrive.