Join Us

We like nothing better than seeing new people. If you want to try out the fun that is Underwater Hockey then read on and contact Nia if you have any questions.

When and where do you play?

We play on Thursday nights at 8:30. For more details look at the location page. If you are a beginner we have a beginner session on the third thursday of every month, once you have done that you can come down whenever you want. Just be at the poolside at 20:20.

I'd like to try it out, who should I contact?

Excellent Choice. Contact Nia.

I can already play. Can I still come?

Of course! Don't worry if you don't still have all the gear, we have plenty that you can borrow.

How much does it cost?

For your first few sessions it's free, after for more details look at the cost section.

What do I need to bring

We can supply spare kit for most of equipment you need (mask, fins, gloves, hat and snorkel)

We recommend you bring the following

Who can play?

We would like everyone to join this great sport with us. Regardless of your ability or fitness you should come along and try it out. New players get better very quickly and anyone who can swim at a basic level can start. Unfortunately for insurance reasons we can only take people who are over 18.

If you are interested then contact Nia to get involved.

When and Where

We train twice a week; on Wednesday nights 21:30-22:30 (for experienced players) and Thursday nights 20:30-21:30 (for all levels).

Both sessions are held at St George's Pool, Shadwell. (221 The Highway, Tower Hamlets, E1 9BP. Tel. 020 7709 9714)

The closest station is Shadwell, on both the overground (East London line) and DLR.

There is parking at the back of the pool.

Please be ready on poolside 5-10 minutes before the session begins.

After training on Thursdays we often go to the pub.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is Underwater Hockey?

Underwater Hockey, also known as Octopush, is a fast paced underwater sport. The aim is to manoeuvre a lead puck across the bottom of a swimming pool into the opposing team's goal by propelling it with a hockey stick. There are 10 players on each team, with rolling subs so only 6 players are playing at any one time.

The game starts with the puck on the bottom of the pool between the two teams. Then once play starts teams are free to swim anywhere in the play area. Scoring happens when the puck enters one of the teams goals, which are made from metal and span about half the width of the playing area.

Our club is a member of the British Octopush Association (BOA) which is the governing body for underwater hockey in the UK - Their website is - https://www.gbuwh.co.uk

Why is it Great Exercise?

Most sports let you breath while you are playing. However in underwater hockey you need to hold your breath when diving down for the puck. While some people hold their breath for ages the real skill is knowing when to dive. You can then quickly tackle an opponent, pass the puck then resurface for a quick breath of air.

Do you do anything social?

Absolutely! After training we usually head off down to the pub.

How did it start?

Underwater Hockey started in the United Kingdom in the fifties, bored divers wanted something do something over the winter. Originally the teams had 8 players (hence Octopush) but this has now reduced to 6 a side.

From it's small beginnings many teams have formed in the UK and around the world, from New Zealand to Canada.

You can find out more about the history of the sport on the CMAS site

What are the rules?

You can have a look at the complete rules here.

Are there Competitions?

Of course! We compete in the Nautlius tournament and have also taken part in Valentines, Big Blue at Plymouth, Barbipush, Totton Mix and Match and Ladies Nationals. There are also international tournaments which some of the team have taken part in, including Parmacup in Italy and the Berlin Open in Germany.

Who are you? How did you start?

Islington Octopush (Underwater Hockey) Club started out over 40 years ago as a BSAC (British Sub-Aqua Club) Octopush team. We are now independent members of the British Octopush Association (BOA), but still have links with several diving clubs and many of our players continue to dive.

Club membership

The club fees cover

The club kit is good for beginners, but people will find they want to buy their own if they stick with the game.

Contact Us

Or have a look at our facebook page.

For more information email Nia (Membership Officer)