We answer the most common questions here and if that is all you need then book a free have-a-go session by clicking here. If you need anymore information just call James on 07989 381331.


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”.

Yes. We are all good friends and after a game many players adjourn to the local Chinese restaurant for tea and snacks. You are welcome to join us.

We play every Friday at Forest Hill Pools between 8pm and 9pm.

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.

No! Our members include young fit people and older people with a range of chronic conditions. We all play in the same game.


Your first session is always free. Subsequent sessions are £8 for adults and £4 for children.

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.

New members will be expected to join the British Octopush Association which is the sport’s governing body. This is about £30 for adults and less for children.

Have-a-go sessions

When you arrive simply tell the receptionist that you are here for underwater hockey and they will wave you through.

Please allow enough time to get changed and kit up before 8pm. Have-a-go participants should be on the poolside no later than 7.50pm.

Yes. Confident swimmers can usually learn to snorkel in a less than an hour. Teenagers sometimes take about 10 minutes!

Yes. The club has range of second hand and discarded kit that you can borrow until you buy your own.

British Octopush Association

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.

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