All You Need to Know About Underwater Hockey

Written by Henry Young. Posted in Hockey

Hockey is an international sport that is divided in many forms such as field hockey, ice hockey and underwater hockey. Unlike the first two divisions, water hockey doesn’t involve too much physical contact, so there are no fights between the players during the game.

Underwater hockey, which is also called Octopush was invented in England, in 1954, when the founder of the Southsea Sub-Aqua Club turned to this sport as a method to keep the club’s member also interested during the winters. He wanted his club to be active over the cold months, too, when water diving didn’t seem such a good option for those who joined the club only during summer time.

In 1950, the British Navy used this game to keep its divers fit, and to improve their power to move and work with efficiency under water. After all, they needed to be prepared for any type of mission that could have involved using good swimming skills. The game became popular in Australia and managed to evolve into a valuable sport played in more than twenty countries.

One of the advantages of playing underwater hockey is that the players don’t have the possibility to interfere anymore since this is a limited-contact sport. Everybody knows how tough ice hockey could be, especially because it accepts fights between the players without ejecting them from the game. Therefore, fans don’t have to worry about their favorite players getting injured in water hockey, because they don’t have the possibility to interact anymore.

Furthermore, the fact that the teammates can’t stumble or run into each other represents a great advantage for them. However, the most important thing is that they don’t have to worry about falling down and suffer from trauma like other players who play sports like rugby, football, or basketball.

If you want to try this fun and interesting sport, you will need a special equipment that will help you to last under water for a long period of time. The first thing that you must buy is a comfortable mask that provides a wide field of vision, low volume and a good seal. In order to be able to breathe while at the surface, you will need a snorkel that doesn’t involve lifting your head up, which will allow you to keep your eyes on the game.

Gloves, fins and a cap are also important items, because they will provide you a better performance. In order to push the puck around the pool you will need speed and power, so make sure you pay attention to these details and invest your money in a good equipment.

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