More about underwater hockey

In the early 1950’s already Underwater Hockey (UWH) took off as a new sport in South Africa. South African Underwater hockey was born out of the desire for spearfishermen to keep fit when away from the sea or when sea conditions were undivable. It was an auspicious move as the two sports complement each other with more than just fins and water: Spearfishing provides UWH players with endurance and bottom-time while UWH improves the work rate and surface recovery of spearfishermen.

Two teams of six players on each team in the water, play at once. Before the start of play the puck is placed in the middle of the pool with both teams in the water, on either side touching the wall above the goals they are defending. At the start-of-play players hold their breath as they dive to the bottom of the pool while both teams - free to swim anywhere in the play area - try to score by manoeuvring the puck into the opponents' goal.  Games consist of two halves, typically ten to fifteen minutes and a short half-time interval. At half time the two teams switch ends.


  • It's a sport played by many countries.
  • It's for all ages, beginners and enthusiast.
  • Water is the equaling factor making it possible for male and female, young and old to enjoy a game while playing against each other (parents, friends and their children).
  • It's affordable.
  • It's very healthy with very few injuries.
  • It's not weather dependent.
  • It's very safe.

Players wear a diving mask, snorkel and swimfins and carry in one gloved hand a short stick for playing the puck. A full list of equipment is: (1) swimfins; (2) water polo cap; (3) snorkel & mask; (4) glove; (5) bat / underwater hockey stick; (6) puck and (7) bottom surface of a pool.

SAUWH History

South Africa participated in its first Underwater Hockey World Championship in New Zealand in 1992, finishing with a first and third place. In 1994 SA had three teams in the finals, walking away with a gold and two silver medals. Of the 11 International events participated in, the ladies Elite team has achieved a medal position 9 times. South Africa underwater hockey has always performed exceptionally well on the international circuit with our Masters & Elite teams internationally recognised for their agility and competitiveness.

SAUWH Overview

Welcome to the South African Underwater Hockey Federation (SAUWHF) website.
This is the platform for SAUWH registered members. Here you can find more information on upcoming tournaments, refereeing, rules & regulations related to underwater hockey.
SAUWHF is a voluntary body responsible for the pursuance of all physical sporting matters related to underwater hockey.