Underwater hockey is also holds the No. 1 position in difficulty because it takes place at the bottom of the lake, players not only have to swim well, dive well, but also need the ability to hold their breath.
Underwater hockey was born very casually in a situation unrelated to sports. In 1950, the British Navy often devised a way to practice and play in a similar manner to ice hockey in the water to help divers improve their ability to move and perform effective tasks under the water. By 1954, Underwater hockey (also known as the name
Octopush) was officially considered a sport after Alan Blake founded the first Southsea Sub-Aqua Club in England. Underwater hockey was then enthusiastically responded to by a harmonious combination of swimming and diving skills, while a mixed form of hockey and basketball.
Both men and women can participate in this subject, just need to have good endurance to the challenge of holding your breath for a certain period of time underwater. They are equipped with fins, masks, snorkel, a protective glove made of rubber, a headscarf and a small stick about 30 cm long to control the puck (similar to ice hockey ball) from 1.3 – 1.5 kg is covered with plastic to create friction at the bottom of the game field.
The usual water hockey matches take place at the pool with the length of 25 m, width of 12 m, reaching depth from 2-4 m and 2 ends with 2 metal trays of 3 m length. Audience of this strange sport will watch from the lake or enjoy directly on the screen recorded by the camera or witness close-up at the mirror-design swimming pool.
The battle of “fish player”
Every underwater hockey game brings excitement and attracts viewers’ curiosity by playing “one of a kind”. Two teams waded into the water, each with 10 people (6 competitions, 4 substitutes) and recognized by the paint color of the bats.