Getting Started

The easiest way to get started is to just make it to one of our pool sessions with a pair of swimmers and a towel, the first session is always free and you can sign up to become a member

But here’s a bit more info to help you get involved


The first thing you need to get used to is being comfortable underwater, if you don’t do much snorkelling or diving this can take a bit of time, so don’t worry if it takes some getting used to.  Doing some snorkelling in the ocean or in a pool can help, but you should always have a buddy and other people supervising whenever you do breathhold underwater, so its best to do this at a UWR session.  If you ever find the activities are too much for you, mention it and we’re more than happy to find something that you’re comfortable with.

It’s a good idea to get started is to sign up with our Beginner Course, which covers all the basics. And you are always welcomed to our regular pool sessions to get started as well!



Any kind of mask, snorkel and fins will do for getting started, but it can make quite a bit of difference having stiffer fins, a mask that stays on and a snorkel thats easy to breathe through.  We’ve got some gear you can borrow, but if you get interested in buying gear CanAm is a good supplier, and have a chat with the other players.  There’s some more info about equipment here.

How it works

The basic idea of the game is covered here



Forwards– the idea of playing forward is to make yourself available when your team has the ball so they have someone to pass to, and try and be close to the play and give support as much as you can.  On defense, when the other team has the ball, try and stop them quickly so they don’t have time to get organised.  When the play is near your own goal try and get the ball from the other team, forwards don’t have set positions they have to be in like goalies and defenders, and can roam around more to stop the play.  In the above picture, the number 3 player is a forward, while blue is trying to attack the goal.

Defenders– on attack defenders should also try and support the play, but also keep in mind that you have a responsibility to get back and protect the goal when needed.  Normally one player gets involved with the play while the other stays on the surface a bit behind.  On defense, the defender sits in front of the goal, and uses his/her feet to keep attacking players away.  The idea is to stop attacking players from getting in a position where they can take the goalie off the goal and score.  On defense its important for defenders to swap well, so there is always one person in front of the goal.

Goalies– on attack goalies play similarly to defenders, contributing to the play, but also making sure they are able to get back and defend when needed.  On defense, the goalie lies above the goal, with shoulders touching the rim and his/her back covering the goal, and kicks downward to keep the goal covered.  Swapping well is also important, so the goal is always covered on defense without any gaps if possible.



The basic idea is you want to get under the goalie, or sometimes to grab them from above, and be able to lift them off the goal to score.  There’s lots of techniques to try as well as the one above.


We play in-house games between players in the club, and try and give people an opportunity to play at a level that suits them.  About once a month we hold a Splashfest comp (named after Ashfield pool), where we make three even teams and hold a 3-game round-robin.  Recently teams have opened up in Hobart, Canberra and Brisbane, and there are two teams in NZ, and there will be regular competitive games against these teams, such as the competition at Odex last year.  There have been several Australia vs NZ games, NZ has won several and the most recent was 1-0 to Australia, and there is also the possibility of sending a team to the UWR world championships in Colombia in 2015.

We want to cater for different players, & you’re just as welcome if you want to just play casually and have a bit of fun, or play more competitively, so have a chat with us if you have ideas about what kind of games or trainings we should run.

Of course the best way to learn is to jump in the pool, have a look at the pool session times, and keep in touch with our email list and facebook group.

See you in the pool 🙂


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