Who is the governing body of underwater hockey?
Underwater hockey is now played worldwide, with the Confédération Mondiale des Activités Subaquatiques, abbreviated CMAS, as the world governing body. The first Underwater Hockey World Championship was held in Canada in 1980 after a false start in 1979 brought about by international politics and apartheid.
What is the Underwater Hockey World Championship?
The first Underwater Hockey World Championship was held in Canada in 1980 after a false start in 1979 brought about by international politics and apartheid. Two teams of up to ten players compete, with six players in each team in play at any one time.
What is underwater hockey and how do I start?
Underwater hockey is a fun, exciting and safe sport that you can play from the age of about 8 until well into your 60s. It’s the fastest, non-contact, team water sport around, combining speed, skill and teamwork in a way that you simply don’t find in other games. Join our Underwater Hockey Introduction Program to learn more!
How did underwater hockey spread outside of South Africa?
The UK’s Octopush used a small paddle to push the puck whilst the South Africans used a mini hockey stick. Whilst the ‘long stick’ version of underwater hockey did spread outside of South Africa, the UK’s ‘short stick’ version ultimately prevailed and is how UWH is universally played now.
What is the history of underwater hockey in Canada?
In the Americas, the game first came to Canada in 1962 via Norm Leibeck, an unconventional Australian scuba diving instructor and dive shop owner, who introduced the sport to a Vancouver dive club. Ten years later, the Underwater Hockey Association of British Columbia (UHABC) was formed and received support from the BC government.
Where can I find underwater hockey video footage?
Organisers of major tournaments are usually the point of contact for acquiring footage of underwater hockey matches. Although no official worldwide repository exists for recorded games, there are many websites and instructional DVDs. A wide variety of related footage can be found on video sharing sites.