Fins

Fins: There are many different fins available for underwater hockey players. The only requirement is that the fins have a fully enclosed foot pocket. Fins with an adjustable heel strap are not allowed, as the strap could be dangerous for other players on the bottom. Longer, stiff fins such as Quattros or Nemos allow swimmers to swim with greater speed and power; however, they can be tiring after a long period of swimming. Shorter, more flexible fins such as the Mares Tres pictured here, aren’t quite as powerful, but they allow for easier, quicker turns and maneuvering underwater.

Sticks

Sticks: Sticks are typically about 1 foot long and vary in thickness depending on a player’s preference. They are colored either white or black to differentiate the teams underwater. Sticks are made out of either wood or plastic. The material and size really affect a player’s ability to flick or pass the puck, steal the puck from opponents and maneuver the puck along the bottom. The sticks pictured here are Stingrays. They are a thin, plastic stick manufactured in New Zealand. They are available for purchase from the Snorkel Battle Extreme website.

Puck

Puck: Underwater hockey pucks look very similar to the pucks used in ice hockey. The main difference is underwater hockey pucks have a lead core and usually weigh about 3 pounds so it is dense enough to remain on the bottom of the pool. The puck that the UF club team uses, pictured here, is a Uni2 puck with plastic sliders. These move smoothly along the marcite pool bottom at the Florida Pool. These are available for purchase from the CanAm Underwater Hockey Gear website.

Glove

Gloves: Underwater hockey players wear gloves on their stick hands to protect their hands from the rough bottom of the pool. The UF club makes its own gloves at glove-making parties. We purchase gloves and cover them with silicon 2 to create the cushioned knuckled area. Players can also purchase gloves from websites such as CanAm Underwater Hockey Gear and 6alAgua.





Mask and Snorkel:The mask and snorkel are pretty generic and can be found at any sporting goods store. Many hockey players prefer to use low-profile masks such as the Aquasphere Sphera pictured here. The flatness of the mask allows players a higher range of peripheral vision.