Berlin training day & newbie session 2019

We have another training day coming up in January!

Join us for a full day of theory, practice, and a newbie session on January 19th in Berlin! Find more details in our Facebook event, and if you’re interested in joining, drop us a message. Please include the following information:

  • two desired positions (forward: left/right/center, defence: left/right/center)
  • your UWH experience (<1 year, 1-2 years, 3-4 years, >4 years)
  • whether you’re willing captain of one of the potluck teams for the mini tournament
  • or just let us know, that you want to try UWH at our newbies session on Saturday 19.01. from 17:30-18:30. If you need to borrow gear, please let us know your shoe size for the fins, and whether you are right or left handed.

Cost for the full training day are 5€ per person, the newbie session is of course for free.

We are looking forward to an amazing event with you 

Breaking the Ice for Underwater Hockey

This blog post was written by our newest player, Željko Švedić, right after his first time trying UWH. Thanks, Željko! 🙂

“This is for you, kid,” said my uncle, “have fun!”

I was 12 and I got my first mask and fins. I loved it. I would go every day to the seaside, to the rocky pier, and dive next to rusty, oily boats. I would take a deep breath and plunge to depths eager to see what is below. And there were so many things: broken plates, coca-cola cans, and even some fish. I got better and better until I could freedive 14 meters deep to the old car tire hosting a crab who was surprised by a pimply visitor.

“This must be how being a dolphin feels like!” I thought to myself. They are air-breathing mammals, same as me, going periodically to surface to take a breath. Then they would dive under and play catch with each other.

28 years later I was killing my time drinking beer in a smoky Berlin bar. “..underwater hockey,” mentioned a girl next to me. I turned my head and joined the enthusiastic conversation about the obscure underwater sport. “If you did free diving, you should totally do it, it is great!” Sumi said. Playing underwater like dolphins? I was in.

When I came for Wednesday training, the entire team assembled to help me. I got pink fins from one person, a white hockey stick from another, and mask from the third. Alex took it as his job to train me before the practice match. We did puck pushing, passing, and turning in a small kids pool. Easy-peasy-lemon-squeezy. I couldn’t wait to get into the big pool and score some goals. It was going to be great.

We entered the big pool and divided into two teams. I was assigned to be front right, as passing partner to Alex. “Start!”, someone shouted and we all swam towards the little green puck. As I dived in, Alex was already two meters in front of me. He didn’t have the puck for long, two people from another team attacked and engaged in something like underwater tennis. I got myself into action, meaning I got somebody’s fin in my butt, and somebody’s else knee in my face. I mean, I am not sure knee and fin were not from the same person, we were all a big ball of human flesh. In the excitement of that sexy moment, I forgot that air is a necessary requirement for a long life. My brain suddenly reminded me with a gentle thought “Air! Get some air or you will die!” and adrenaline overdose. I jumped out of the water like a mating salmon and started hyperventilating. A girl dived out next to me, took three breaths, gave me a look and dived down again. “Boy, these people are hard-core,” I said to myself and dived down. When I looked around, the puck was already on a different part of the pool. I mean, I am not sure if the puck was there, but there is where I saw an amorphous ball of hands, panties, and fins so I swam in that direction. As I approached, a battle of underwater tenis was abruptly interrupted by a white-pants enemy player who decided to play for himself and separated from the crowd. I swam to block his way, but it was like chasing a torpedo. He whizzed by me and put the puck in a metal goal.

Our brave team regrouped and started talking about strategy for the next round. My strategy was not to forget to breathe. At a start signal, we rushed again to the center, and this time I was watching for my chance from the surface. When crowd around the puck got smaller I dived in and actually got to touch the puck with my stick. My joy was not long-lived, as a member of the other team started fighting for it with me. In that tug-of-war, I was pushing as hard as I could, but the opponent had the same cunning plan. My brain screamed “Air!” and I went out. By the time my heart stopped pounding, the puck was again in our goal. Seems both my team’s strategy and my personal strategy to remember to breathe were falling. In addition, a team member told me that it is not allowed to push the stick with two hands. I guess the underwater police didn’t care because I lost the puck anyway.

In the third round, I didn’t get to any action, but at least I got some air.

Then, our team got a “penalty shot”. My team member would start in the back and I would be in the front. We assembled at the bottom of the pool and started. The puck was suddenly next to me, finally my chance! I took it, swam by the opposing player and want unstoppably towards their goal. Wow, can’t believe it, I am going to score. Then I noticed everybody stayed in the first half of the pool. I swam to the surface and Alex told me “You are not supposed to take the puck away when there is a penalty shot, we were just supposed to protect the sides of the penalty kicker.” Andy Warhol once said, “In the future, everyone will be famous for 15 minutes.” It seems my future was not going to happen that day, and I will have to swallow much more chlorinated water before I become good with these underwater battles.

The game continued at the same pace for 20 more minutes. A lot of feeding frenzy scenes with human bodies all over each other like Berghain dark room at 4 am. Diving down, fighting for a puck, remembering to get air. Rinse, repeat. I got a better feeling for a strategy of the game, which is not surprising considering where I started. One time I even succeeded to intercept the torpedo with white pants, yay!

After half an hour the game ended. I thanked everybody for lending me their equipment and went for a long hot-shower meditation. My heart was still fast and chlorinated water was running from my nose. As I arrived home I dropped tiredly to my bed. With a smile on my face. Maybe my underwater play was more that of a sea cow than a dolphin, but still, it was a great, great experience that I want to repeat.

Berlin competition: results

Pool 1

Time White Black Result
9:20 München II Hannover  4:3
9:40 TCO Weinheim München I  5:0
10:00 Elmshorn Berlin  0:5
10:20 TCO Weinheim München II  12:0
10:40 München I Elmshorn  8:1
11:00 Berlin Hannover  6:2
11:20 München I München II  9:1
11:40 Berlin TCO Weinheim  0:7
12:00 Hannover Elmshorn  5:1
12:20 Berlin München I  1:3
12:40 Hannover TCO Weinheim  0:10
13:00 München II Berlin  1:6
13:20 Elmshorn TCO Weinheim  0:12
13:40 Hannover München I  0:11
14:00 München II Elmshorn  5:2
15:30  TCO Weinheim  Dodrecht  0:4
15:50  München I  Foki  0:9
16:10  Hannover  Hydra  0:7
16:30  Elmshorn  Parma  1:8
16:50  München I  Squale 0:10
17:10  Foki  TCO Weinheim 2:1
17:30  Dordrecht  München I 13:0
17:50  Squale  TCO Weinheim 0:1


Pool 2

Time White Black Result
9:20 Dordrecht Parma  6:0
9:40 Mamara Barbarians  3:2
10:00 Pandemonium Squale  2:5
10:20 Hydra Foki  0:4
10:40 Parma Pandemonium  2:4
11:00 Hydra Mamara  2:3
11:20 Squale Dordrecht  1:2
11:40 Barbarians Foki  1:3
12:00 Squale Parma  3:1
12:20 Barbarians Hydra  4:0
12:40 Pandemonium Dordrecht  0:9
13:00 Foki Mamara  4:1
13:20  Mamara  Dordrecht  1:4
13:40  Squale  Foki  1:2
14:00  Pandemonium  Barbarians  1:4
14:20  Dordrecht  Foki   3:0
14:40  Parma  Hydra  2:0
15:30  Berlin  Mamara  0:7
15:50  München II  Barbarians  0:11
16:10  Berlin  Pandemonium  0:5
16:30  München II  Mamara  2:11
16:50  Barbarians  Berlin  3:0
17:10  Pandemonium  München II 11:1
17:30  Parma  Hannover 8:1
17:50  Hydra  Elmshorn 4:0


Final results

1. Dordrecht
2. Foki
3. TCO Weinheim
4. Squale
5. München I
6. Marmara
7. Barbarians
8. Pandemonium
9. Berlin
10. München II
11. Parma
12. Hydra
13. Hannover
14. Elmshorn

Third training time!

Mariendorf Ankogelbad-001
Thanks to our beloved Club – The Sporttaucher Berlin – we can now train three times a week!

The new training time is on Tuesdays from 7:30 to 8:30 pm in Kombibad Mariendorf. Right after that, the underwater rugby players are training in the same pool, so anybody who wants to, can stay and join their training for another hour.

We practice in the diving pool, so it’s deeeeeeeeeeep! 3.8 metres, to be exact. It’s a bit difficult at first, but a great practice!

We’re looking forward to seeing you at the bottom!

Munich Underwater Hockey Open Air 2017

On the 22nd of July, it finally was time for one of the biggest competitions in Germany, the Munich open air. Well, Munich is an overstatement, as it’s located in the middle of nowhere basically. But nonetheless, it gives you the chance to enjoy the wonderful countryside of Bayern.

Half of our team left early and probably had the chance to enjoy this a bit more. The car I took left Berlin at around 5:30 pm. The drive roughly took us 7 hours and we arrived at around 2 am in the morning. Here we came to a darkened camping site where most of the players had pitched their tents and were in a deep coma like sleep. Yet some from our team was waiting on us with a beer and a campfire. So after pitching our tent and drinking a beer, enjoying the stars, you don’t see them like that in Berlin, pity really. We joined the others with a coma like sleep to prepare for the big day tomorrow.

Waking up was not without its complications but after a few hours, a hot shower and a nice cup of coffee we were ready to go to the pool. A wonderful pool in the open air, no surprise there, with two playing fields and a place to swim and practice. After finding our spot and taking a short nap it was time to jump in! The sun seemed to be absent, and with the tiredness, I was wondering how to make it till the end of the day. The first three matches were played in a grey and cloudy morning, but after that, the sun came out and the whole day changed. The weather was amazing! Pro tip from Sumi: bring a wetsuit, yes you need it! I wasn’t burned that badly for a long time.

First German League games

The day was split into two parts: in the morning in one of the fields there was the first German League! UWH starts to grow more, and Munich was the perfect place to kick off the first German League day. We started with 6 teams and it was great to see the turnout and the motivation of the players. In the second play area, there was an international tournament to decide the level of strength of the different teams.  

The second half of the day, we played a big international tournament. After a total of 10 matches, I can safely say that we were out of energy and starting to get a bit – yes bit since we took more than enough food with us – hungry.

The pool was quickly cleaned and after a short shower, we drove back to the camping site, since there the fun would start! After a few beers, we were kindly invited for dinner. Together with around 100 people we were sitting in a big hall enjoying some good food and even better company.

After our hunger was stilled and enjoying some delicious beers it was time for the ceremony.  (Now I would usually write down the list of teams in order that they won, but since I forgot this we have to deal with it in another way). One of the Dutch teams became first and team Berlin became 10th! The rest of the teams are somewhere between those numbers give or take a few.

The day ended with good music, a campfire, delicious beer and great company. An amazing and successful tournament, a perfect day and a great ending. Thanks to the Munich team for the organization! We are already looking forward to 2018!

Summer practice

During summer holidays, most of Berlin’s indoor pools are closed. So we can’t practice in our regular pools. But good news: this year we got some alternative training time in another pool!

So from  July 17th to September 1st, we will practice on Tuesdays from 19.00 until 20:00 in Kombibad Mariendorf. Let’s meet at the pool entrance at 18.45!

There is also fin swimming:

1. Sommerbad Wilmersdorf, 50 m Pool with a Sporttaucher coach
Thursdays: 19:45 – 20:45/21:00, Meeting at entrance of Sommerbad Wilmersdorf at 19:20.

2. Sommerbad Olympiastadion, 1 lane in 50 m Pool, without coach
Fridays: 20:00 – 21:30 Uhr, Meeting at entrance of Sommerbad Olympiastadion at 19:30

Pictures Pictures Pictures!

Thanks so much Christoph Giese for the awesome pics! Feel free to tag yourself!

Posted by Sumi Roos on Monday, July 10, 2017

Berlin’s first UWH training camp

No air. Cold. Wet. Dodging speeding pieces of lead. Sore muscles.

It takes something special to enjoy putting themselves in that condition – once. Finding people that enjoy it all day long, well that’s just… awesome! That is exactly what we found in Berlin this weekend for the first ever Berlin Underwater Hockey Day.

Thanks to the fantastic support from our club, Sporttaucher Berlin e.V.! Our dreams of 3 years came true – we were finally able to bring people to Berlin to play UWH, for a whole day!

We kicked off bright and early, with half of Team Berlin arriving at the pool at 8am to get everything set up. Some of our team hosted a few players from other cities, and they also came to help get things happening, so set up went super fast. Our heros from Hannover also arrived early, bringing with them a set of goals. UWH goals are 3m wide, heavy, often custom made, and Berlin doesn’t have any. Hannover was kind enough to pack up theirs in the back of the car and drive them all the way to Berlin, which was very cool of them! The old saying “many hands make light work” was definitely true in this case, and we were ready well ahead of time!

Theory lesson

The official program started off with an hour of theory. Lots of players do theory as beginners, or once they’re playing at a high level, but sometimes it’s missing in mid-level hockey, which means physical strength and speed get over emphasised. We wanted to make sure that we focussed on two really important pillars of playing good hockey: sandwiches and depth control.

Sandwiching is when an attacking play from one team is blocked by one player from the opposing team, usually forcing the attacking player to turn, where another player from the defending team is waiting as the other slice of bread in the “sandwich” to steal the puck. This move can be used in attack or defense, relies a lot on good timing, and when it’s done well, makes for fluid, beautiful hockey. Depth control is important for players to understand – it’s the theory of when to be at what depth in the water. For example, if you’re on the surface and a breakaway against your team happens, it takes you much longer to get down and chase the attacker down. If you’re already on the bottom, you might run out of air while you’re waiting there, and it’s harder to change direction. If you’re waiting in the middle depth, you can get to the surface to get fresh air quickly, and you can engage in the game in many directions much faster than from the surface.


Once the theory was over, it was time to get wet. Our initial plan was to practice what we’d learned in the theory session in short games, but we quickly found that the pool was a little small to accommodate two 6v6 training games at once. Luckily, some of the players stepped in to help, and we spontaneously changed up the session to have two experienced players coaching the teams playing games in one half of the pool (thanks Alan and Dasha) and another running team drills in the other half (thanks Toby). It was nice to play with different people in a training environment, and good to work on new skills and tactics outide of the hectic frenzy of full-speed games. It couldn’t last forever though, and eventually, the fun was broken up by a horde of eager Schnupperers (new people coming to try hockey) arriving!


We’d been a little nervous about running a come-and-try session, because none of us had ever done it before, but Cris, Sumi and Laura did a great job. Until about a week before we only had 3 registrations, and then all of a sudden we had 15 in total two days before the big event. That was great – except that we don’t have that much spare gear! We ended up racing around last minute to collect enough gear to get everyone ready to go – a big thanks go out to Sumi and Wolf (from our club Sporttaucher Berlin) for finding a whole stack of masks and fins on Friday night, and to the VDST (federation of diving sports in Germany) for sending us a whole box of gloves, sticks and hats, which saved the day!

In the end the Schnupper session was a great success. We had some young finswimmers participating, who were lovely and polite out of the water – but turned into sharks as soon as they got in the water – some freedivers as well as divers from other clubs in Berlin, and some people who just thought holding their breath and chasing a puck around the bottom of the pool sounded like fun! It was great to see so many people keen to give hockey a go!

Competition time!

Once the Schnupper session was over, it was time to get serious. All the players were divided up into 4 teams of approximately equal skill level (we tried to keep clubs together, but balanced the teams where we could by mixing more experienced players in). Christian did a great job of creating a tournament plan, and games got underway with Heidelberg vs Berlin grudge match.

It quickly turned out that someone must had paid off Christian to make Heidelberg a little overpowered by assigning no newbies to the team (even so Chris claims that he just wanted to create a proper challenge for team Berlin). This however backfired as Heidelberg left Berlin no chance and annihilated the home team 7-0.

The next game was between two mixed teams, Hannover-Elmshorn and Munich-Pirania. Despite having lots of newer players and not having played a lot together, Hannover came out of the gates super strong and scored very early to take a 1-0 lead. The rest of the first half was a full tilt battle with no score – both teams did great defensive work to keep the puck out of the tray. Munich-Pirania afterwards must have had a good team talk at half-time, because they were a different team in the second period, driving home three goals in 8 minutes to leave the score at 3-1 when the clock stopped.

The victors didn’t get long to celebrate though, as they had to get straight back in the water against a rested Heidelberg team (due to only having four teams, some teams had to have two games in a row). Although Heidelberg had no subs, the team meshed very well together, and led by a very strong forward line took home a 6-0 win.

Berlin then had a chance to make up for their earlier loss, putting their numbers and teamwork into play against Hannover-Elmshorn. Berlin’s forward line seemed to work well together, opening play up the sides of the pool repeatedly resulting in goals. Hannover-Elmshorn made a massive effort to push down the pool, only to be fouled in the goal area, causing a rare penalty shot 2 on 1 situation. A mistake in the setup of the 2 on 1 meant that Hannover’s players had to come from further out than normal, which gave Alan, the Berlin defender, more time to set up and defend the attack. The result? No goal, and a reset of play. Although Hannover-Elmshorn team pushed hard in the closing minutes of the game, no attacks made it through, and the game finished up 6-0.

You’d think that after the battle in the previous game, Berlin would struggle to jump right back in for a second game, and you’d be right. But that’s what had to happen, and it couldn’t have been for a more important game: Munich-Pirana vs Berlin. Two teams, both with one win and one loss. The victor would move on to the finals, the loser would be left to play for bronze. Battle commenced, and what a battle it was. The game was close, and both teams were desperate. Mistakes were made, and two Berlin players fell victim to the rough game within 5 minutes of each other, being hit hard with an elbow and a puck respectively. Despite this, Berlin pushed on to score, but not before Munich-Pirania pushed their advantage and put in a goal. After the half-time, Berlin added 2 more goals to the tally, to finish up 3-1 with a place in the finals.

The final game of the round robin was Heidelberg vs Hannover-Elmshorn. Heidelberg put their experience into play, and clinically dissected their opponents to finish 9-0. They did make one mistake though: going full power. Little did they know, but that would cause them problems later.


Finals started after a short break with the bronze medal match between Munich-Pirania and Hannover-Elmshorn. Both teams gave it their all, but Munich-Pirania was fresher, and the experience of their backs shone through, making it difficult for Hannover-Elmshorn to gain a foothold (or rather flipper-hold) in their attacking half. Munich-Pirania fought hard and scored several goals, before Hannover-Elmshorn broke through and scored a beautiful goal. It wasn’t enough though, and Munich-Pirania continued their attack to score 3 more goals in the second period and leave the game at 6-1, taking home 3rd place overall.

For the final both teams agreed to add a few more players to keep things interesting. Berlin beefed up their back line with Burak from Munich, and added Artur from Pirania to contribute a bit more offensive firepower. Heidelberg added Laura from Munich, who added some freshness to a pretty tired forward line, and the game began. Right away it was clear that Heidelberg would definitely not have an easy time of this game, and had to fight for every inch of pool. The added experience of the Berlin reinforcements meant that Heidelberg didn’t have as much freedom to build up their open game, and despite Heidelberg scoring an early goal, Berlin came back with a big Cris-Alan punch to score an equalizing goal. Heidelberg fought back, but the long day of hockey was wearing on everyone by now. The end of the first half came without another goal. After the half-time, everyone knew it was all on the line and only 8 minutes to go, and the game got intense! Berlin defended well, but Heidelberg escaped up the wall to score a goal, bringing it to 2-1. Despite a last push by Berlin, Heidelberg saved another strong attack, and counterattack to put the nail in the watery coffin, ending the day with a 3-1 victory and 1st place!

Once games were over the tired and hungry players collected their belongings and tramped in the direction of the showers – but not before helping out with putting the pool back together. Team Berlin is super thankful to everyone – the pool staff told us privately that they have never seen a bunch of people help out so well to get everything back in place, and said we’d be welcome back anytime. Super awesome stuff!

And most importantly: dinner!

Next on the agenda was dinner! 35 hungry players and friends descended on Pignut BBQ, purveyors of fine meat for a feast to finish off the day. The keg was cracked open, piles of pulled pork burgers and smoked ribs appeared on tables, and everyone got stuck in.

We were also super lucky to get some sponsorship from Australia’s best “togs” manufacturer – Funky Trunks/Funkita who donated 4 pairs of very snazzy bathers for some lucky participants, and from, a dive gear/UWH shop based in Poland and run by all around good guy Daniel Sielowski, who donated a pair of brand new sticks. We were super happy with all the support we received for this event, from the sponsors, from our club Sporttaucher Berlin, from VSDT with the gear box, from Pignut BBQ for the last minute allergy-handling, and from all of the awesome players and volunteers who came, played, and helped out with all the little stuff that made the day work. We couldn’t have done it without you, and we really appreciate it!

We’re already planning our next event, and look forward to bringing everyone lots more UWH action from Berlin! Until next time, happy hockey!  

Unterwasserhockey Schnuppertraining / Underwater Hockey try out session

Flyer für Unterwasserhockey Schnupperkurs


German (English below)

Unterwasserhockey ist eine Sportart, die in Deutschland noch nicht viele kennen. In den 1950ern in England erfunden, erfreut sich dieser Teamsport zunehmender Beliebheit und wird mittlerweile in 28 Ländern der Welt gespielt – nun auch in Berlin!

Unterwasserhockey verbindet Fitness,Teamplay und Taktik, sowie Schwimm- und Pucktechnik im Wasser und macht einfach Spaß!

Am 01.07.17 findet im Rahmen eines Trainingstages ein Schnupperkurs statt. Einlass ist um 12 Uhr, Kursbeginn um 12.30 Uhr. Wer Schnorchel, Tauchermaske und Flossen besitzt, gerne mitbringen, ansonsten bei der Anmeldung angeben, was fehlt. Die restliche Ausrüstung wird gestellt.

Anmeldungen bis 27.06. per E-Mail an:
Der Eintritt ins Bad ist selbstverständlich frei!
Das Facebook-Event findet Ihr hier:


Introduction to underwater hockey

Underwater hockey is a sport that isn’t very well known in Germany yet. Invented in the 1950s in England, this team sport enjoys increasing popularity and is now played in 28 countries around the world – and now also in Berlin!
Underwater hockey combines fitness, teamplay and tactics, as well as swimming and puck techniques in the water, and is a lot of fun!

On 01.07.17 we are organising a trial session for everyone who’s interested in playing underwater hockey.

Entrance is at 12, the course starts at 12:30 pm. If you have your own snorkel, diving mask and flippers, please bring them. Otherwise let us know which gear you need and we’ll organise some for you to borrow.

Please register via email to until 27.06.
Admission to the pool is of course free!
You can find the Facebook event here:

Team Berlin Rocks Trzebnica 4X4

Despite S-Bahn delays, delicate coaches overheating, and sauna-like backseats, Team Berlin made it to the picturesque little town of Trzebnica late on Friday evening. Our first discovery was that we were sharing our accommodation with Walenie, our Polish arch-rivals. After exchanging banter, we wandered through rural Trzebnica to our favourite (and maybe the only) pizza shop where we fuelled up ready for the big Saturday that was coming our way!

Group Stage

We drew a good group, but were busy chatting and got caught with our pants down in Game 1 (literally, the game started on time, but we didn’t all make it into the water). Somehow we still managed to score a runaway first goal, but Walenie managed to get organised and quickly put away two goals. We were testing a new tactic and some new positions for some players, and the result was a bit chaotic. We got it working quite well with a sneaky run up the left hand wall, converted beautifully by a waiting Sumi, but that was all that could be celebrated, as Walenie punished our chaotic structure with a further 5 goals, bringing the final score to 7-2 in their favour.

After being woken up by the Walenie disaster Team Berlin rallied together and went on a rampage. Podwodne Pyry were the unfortunate victims, and this time it was our turn to capitalise on chaos, slamming home goal after goal to stop with clock with 9:0 for us. It would have been 10:0, but Mahats was playing around with the puck under his backside rather than putting it in the goal. Regardless, a solid game and definitely good for morale, and we went into our next game with Szuwary.

Szuwary are a tricky team. Sometimes they can field a very physical team that play a strong centre game, but the new tactics seemed to work for us to open the game up. We were still lacking a bit of offensive firepower as our forwards were not used to how far forward they needed to play in the 4v4 structure (UWH is normally 6v6), but did enough to bring home a safe 4:2 win, which was enough to put us in the „A“ pool for the afternoon games.

The „A“ pool

So, without really thinking about it, we’d wound up playing against the top teams. Luckily, we didn’t have too much time to worry about it, and had to dive into our first game against Piranha’s top team (which has 2 of the Polish national team!). We were getting used to our structure now, and had a few moments of brilliance, but Piranha’s well sorted defence caused some issues for us and we only managed to score two goals to their 4. This was a frustrating game for us as skills and fitness-wise, we were very equally matched, but our new tactics and positions weren’t well locked down.

For game 5, we played our hosts Hydra. They’re a very strong team, again with National team players, and Macjek, their captain, is cunning and very good at disrupting play (as well as being a great tournament organiser and youth coach!). Our frustration peaked with this game, as they picked us apart. Our forwards struggled again, and Alan in full back was working overtime. The game ended at 8:0 against us, which was pretty rough. Our next game was Walenie again, and that was a nice opportunity for revenge. After the smackdown delivered by Hydra, it was time for some changes, and we pushed Cris into full forward to give us a bit more bite there, and pulled Sumi into half to help with opening the game out to the sides. Alan moved up into half as well, where he was able to set up the game in the middle, and Libor dropped back into his usual fullback role. This breath of fresh air made all the difference, and we went into the game hungry to show our rivals who was boss. They were quite relaxed and weren’t at all ready for a determined rampage from Cris right off the first puck all the way through their team to the edge of the goal tray, finished off with clinical precision by Alan. Walenie woke up quickly, but not quickly enough to stop another very beautifully set up goal. The alarm bells started ringing for Walenie, and the game got a lot faster and rougher. We conceded a hard fought goal, but responded in kind, with a big team effort on their goal tray to smash home a great goal. The referee was a joke, and didn’t allow the goal, as he didn’t see it (it was taken out by one of their players), and even after they conceded that it was a goal, the ref didn’t accept it. We fought hard for the last minutes, but could hold out another goal, leaving the score line a disappointing 2:2 draw. It was a great fight though, and in our hearts we knew we had that game in the bag.

The next game was against the defending champions, the Baltic Seals from Gdansk. They’re a very good team, with 3 or 4 National team players and a centre forward with legs like tree trunks. We went into this expecting to get smashed, and we were. But our tactics worked beautifully, and although the score line was 6:0 at the end of the time, we made them work very hard (against other teams that beat us, they scored 2 or 4 more goals). Even though we lost, this felt like a highlight for us.

Our last game should have been straightforward, and it started off great. With our beefed up forward line we rocked through their defence without any issues to bring the score line to 2:0 inside the first 3 minutes of play, but then disaster struck. The first 2 goals went though well, but we wore out our forwards, who both subbed, leaving us without a lot of bite in the forward line. In 4v4 the forwards really have to work hard, otherwise a lot of weight tends to fall on the single defender, and this is exactly what happened. We were punished for the mistake with a goal against us. We reorganised, but were shaken, and they scored again, brining the score to 2:2. Our forward power was blunted by some equipment problems (Alan’s mask self destructed before the game, and the quick repair didn’t hold up very long), and although we managed to put in one more goal, they also found weak spots twice to end the game with 4:3 for them. This was a very frustrating but a good lesson, and after a bit of venting everyone agreed that next time, we will crush them.

Dinner and party

After last years’ very average dinner, we weren’t expecting much. However (according to Majeck) one of the benefits of training a bunch of juniors is that they come packaged with a bunch of helpful parents, and boy, were they helpful. We all agreed afterward that it was the best UWH dinner we’d been to – there were probably 10 different salads, a huge BBQ that just kept going, a whole table full of cakes and sweets, and (a first for Polish hockey I think) even the non-meat eaters where completely stuffed after 4 (4!!!) different kinds of pierogi were brought out.

So all in all, it was a good trip. Our first Berlin-only tournament (normally we need to recruit some mercenaries), some new tactics, great games, very bad games, lots of learning, and as always in Poland, great people! It’s super impressive to see how fast Polish hockey has developed, especially the junior program, and it’s definitely something we can learn from here in Berlin.

Registration for Berlin UWH Training Camp open now

English (Deutsch weiter unten)

Dear Hockey friends,

it is with great excitement that we announce the opening of registrations for our first UWH Training Camp in Berlin! It’s going to be a great day, with 3 hours of focussed training in the morning and a round robin tournament in the afternoon.

In addition to lots of water time in a new pool (with tiles), there will also be a dinner at Berlin’s best BBQ establishment, and an optional lake swim on Sunday morning. We’ll be continuing the fine tradition kicked off in Hannover a few years back of having an awards ceremony, with prizes for various feats of bravery, skill or epic failing.

  • Costs will be:
  • €35/player including dinner
  • €10/player not including dinner
  • €25/spectator including dinner
  • €0/spectator not including dinner

Please find the registration form attached. We’ll be accepting registrations as of now, and registrations will close on Monday of 12th June.

Looking forward to seeing you all in Berlin soon!

Berlin UWH TrainingDay Individual RegistrationForm


Liebe Hockeyfreunde,
wir freuen uns riesig darüber, hiermit den ersten Berliner UWH Trainingstag anzukündigen! Es wird ein großartiger Tag, mit drei Stunden konzentriertem Training am Morgen und einem Round-Robin-Turnier am Nachmittag.

Nach einem Tag voller Unterwasser-Action in einem neuen Pool (mit Fliesen!) haben wir ein Abendessen in einem der besten BBQ-Restaurants in Berlin für euch organisiert. Am Sonntag Morgen können wir in einem der Seen schwimmen gehen, wenn ihr Lust habt. Ausserdem wollen wir die Tradition der Preisverleihung für besondere Leistungen fortführen, die vor ein paar Jahren beim Trainingscamp in Hannover begonnen hat.

Die Preise für die Teilnahme sind wie folgt:

  • €35 pro Spieler mit Abendessen
  • €10 pro Spieler ohne Abendessen
  • €25 Gäste/Zuschauer mit Abendessen
  • €0 Gäste/Zuschauer ohne Abendessen

Das Registrierungsformular ist angehängt, und ihr könnt euch ab jetzt anmelden. Anmeldeschluss ist wenn alle Plätze vergeben sind oder spätestens am 12. Juni.

Wir freuen uns auf euch!!!

Berlin UWH TrainingDay Individual RegistrationForm

Big love,
Team Berlin

Love from Team Berlin

Save the date: UWH Training Camp in Berlin

Save the date: Team Berlin will organise their first training camp & mini tournament! We will also offer trial lessons for everyone who wants to try underwater hockey. It’ll be on July 1st, so make sure to mark your calendars!

Here’s the Facebook Event: Berlin UWH Training Camp.

Schedule (T.B.C)

9.00: Pool entry and get ready to rumble
9.15: Welcome
9:30: Training Camp (whole group)
12:30: Lunch (and Schnupperkurs / Intro to UWH for new people)
13:30: Games start
17:00: Games end
20:00: Dinner

Registration forms will be emailed out to all team leads and posted here on Thursday morning. There will be approximately 30 spots available, it’ll be first in, best dressed, and if needs be we’ll set up a waiting list!

We’re looking forward to having you all here for the 1st Berlin UWH Day!

New pool!

Swimsuit collection

Thanks to the Sporttaucher Berlin, we can now train twice a week! The new pool is in Schöneberg and we play there on Wednesdays from 9:00 pm to 10:30 pm. Come join us!
Sport- und Lehrschwimmhalle Schöneberg, Sachsendamm 11, 10829 Berlin


This said 9:30 pm before, but it’s actually from 9pm!

No UWH practice during summer :-(

sommerpause 2016

Summer break from July 16th to September 4th

As every year, our pool is closed during summer vacation, this year it’s from July 16th to September 4th, so we can’t practice. ;-(

We’ll let you know if we come up with an alternative! (Though we don’t really believe that we will.) See you in September!

5 lost, 4 won: Team Berlin in Trzebnica

Team Berlin @ Trzebnica

Team Berlin @ Trzebnica

Last weekend, Team Berlin traveled to Poland to play in Trzebnica’s Aqua Battle. On Friday night, we already had the opportunity to check out the pool – which was very nice, with water slides, a jacuzzi and a sauna. On Saturday, we started strong and won the first game 5:0. But some of the teams were just too strong – in the end we lost 5 games and won 4. But even after losing, we were very happy about our performance. The team played very well together and everyone knew where they needed to be. It was a great competition and we found it very easy to talk to people and make new friends. We’ll be back next year!

Team Berlin & Munich survived the Bud Pig Cup!


Last weekend some Berlin players teamed up with Munich to form the team “EndToEndId” (no idea who chose that name) to participate in the 9th Bud Pig Cup in České Budějovice. Since we never played together as a team – and didn’t even know half of the team – the first game was a total mess. But we got better every game. At least that’s what we felt, even though we still got crashed in most games. 😉
In the end, we managed to win one out of eight games, which meant we weren’t last! We finished 14th of 15 and received a little piggy that says “survived” – pretty much how we felt. 🙂

We had a lot of fun and – hopefully – learned a lot! Thanks to our friends from Serrasalmus for the organization! We hope we can come back next year!

No UWH practice during summer vacation :-(

Underwater hockey prohibition sign

Berlin’s indoor pools are closed during summer vacation, so unless we find another pool, there won’t be any practice between July 13th and August 30th. 😦
Of course we’ll let you know if we manage to find an alternate pool. Until then: See you again in September!

Open doors day at DUC Berlin

On Sunday, June 21st, our club DUC Berlin is hosting an open door day at the club house at Wannsee. From 12 to 6pm, you can visit us, learn about diving, underwater hockey and underwater rugby, or just chill in our garden with some coffee and cake. Come join us! Here’s the Facebook event. Looking forward to meeting you there!



Team Positioning in Underwater Hockey

As mentioned before, one of the most important parts in underwater hockey is teamwork. Even the best players will run out of air eventually, and when they do, they need to count on their team mates to be ready and in the right position to take over the puck. Therefore, the right positioning within the team is important. The video below shows how to maintain a team shape when playing in a 3-3 formation. Watch and learn! 🙂

New milestone: first 6 vs. 6 game played in Berlin

Last Monday, some players from Heidelberg and Munich came to play with us. We did some drills together and then mixed up to form two 6-player teams for a friendly game. It’s been so much fun finally playing with so many people again! Thanks for your visit guys, we really hope you can come again soon!

Gear needed for underwater hockey

diving mask, snorkel with mouth guard, water polo cap, full-foot fins, black and white sticks, glove, puck

diving mask, snorkel with mouth guard, water polo cap, full-foot fins, black and white sticks, glove, puck

So you want to pick up playing underwater hockey and you’re wondering what kind of gear you’ll need? Check our gear guide to make sure you’re not buying the wrong equipment!

Snorkelling equipment

  • Swimwear
    Girls: leave your bikinis at home. Underwater hockey is a non-contact sport, but you’ll move a lot, and if you worry about body parts falling out of the bikini, it’s not as much fun. Just wear a swimsuit as you would for lap swimming. Guys: your beach shorts will slow you down. Get speedos/tight shorts.
  • Mask
    Your mask needs to have two lenses (because they’re harder to break). The smaller the volume, the better. Make sure your masks fits you! Try it on like this: put the mask on your face without using the strap. Breath in through your nose. Now the mask should stick on your face. If that doesn’t work, try a different one.
  • Snorkel
    For competitions, the snorkel has to be of a soft, slightly bendable material to prevent injuries. A large bore and streamlined design is recommended for UWH, while valves are not useful and will slow you down, so choose a simple design without valves.
  • Fins
    In UWH you need to maneuver quickly and also be fast. Full foot fins which are relatively stiff and relatively long are the best choice. (Open heal fins are too slow and dangerous for your fellow players!) There shouldn’t be any sharp edges which could hurt other players. Try to find fins that don’t have any holes. In general, too big is better than too small, so you avoid getting bruises. You can wear socks and/or fin keepers if your fins are too big, but there’s nothing you can do if they’re too small.
    For beginners, we recommend Mares Avanti Tre or Mares Avanti HP, advanced players/players with a lot of strength in their legs can use Maris Avanti Quattro.

Special UWH equipment

Sticks, gloves and pucks are customised for UWH, so you can’t get them in normal sport shops. There are some online shops that provide UWH gear, though many teams make their own gear.

  • Sticks
    UWH sticks are about 30 cm long, made of wood or plastic and painted black or white to distinguish the teams, so we usually buy them in pairs.
  • Gloves
    The gloves protect your knuckles from abrasion against the pool bottom. They also pad your hand when someone hits your hand instead of the puck. It is common practice to make homemade gloves: simply buy a heavyweight gardening glove and cover it with silicone rubber caulking. There are some videos on Youtube (like this one) that show how to do it. We have some gloves to sell, so talk to us first :-).
  • Ear protectors
    At competitions, wearing ear protectors is required. Getting hit on the ear with a fin may pop your eardrum if done right. Water polo caps work well, or you can buy separate ear protectors without a cap.
  • Mouth Guards
    An exterior or interior mouth guard is now required at all sanctioned tournaments to protect your teeth.
  • Pucks
    Our pucks are made from lead with plastic coating and weigh around 1.5 kg.
    As a beginner, you don’t need to have your own puck, as we have several. If you want to get one, check the UWH shops listed below or talk to us as we know one of the guys who makes them.

Where to buy?

In Berlin, you can get good masks, snorkels and fins at dive stores, for example at Tiefenrausch or Atlantis Berlin. We also recommend checking Ebay Kleinanzeigen, especially for fins. Decathlon sells waterpolo caps and lots of different swimwear.

UWH gear usually needs to be ordered from shops around the world. Here are some of them:

We have enough sticks to lend you one if you want to join us. Please contact us first for the other gear and we’ll try to organize some for you to borrow. Let us know your shoe size for the fins!

Practice has started!

Are you looking for a fun sport? Do you want to have an unusual hobby? Do you enjoy being in – and under – water? Can you do without breathing? Are you in Berlin? Then come join us for Underwater Hockey!

Underwater Hockey – or Octopush – is a fast-paced game played on the bottom of a swimming pool. Players wear fins, masks and snorkels and us a ~30 cm stick to push a 1,5 kg puck towards the other team’s goal while holding their breath. Can’t imagine? Watch this video:

Anyone who can swim and feels comfortable in the water is welcome. You don’t need to be strong or able to hold your breath for a very long time to play Underwater Hockey. It’s all about teamwork, skills and fun!

Do you want to try? Contact us through our contact form or on Facebook. See you in the pool! 🙂