Youth Underwater Hockey

January 19, 2014: San Francisco Children's Program featured in USA UWH Newsletter! 

Youth Practices

King pool, 5701 3rd St (At Carroll Ave, near Candlestick Park)

Friday 6:30-8:30pm for children 5-18 yrs old

Children need to be able to:
- Swim 4 x 25 yards without stopping (form and style don't matter) 
- Tread water for 1 minute.

The San Francisco Sea Lions and SF Recreation and Parks run this program for kids around 9-14 years old. Equipment for beginner players is included!

The program is currently free, a small fee will be implemented soon. 

Players that have been in the program for more than 6 months are expected to buy their own gear. See Gear for Young Players for advice on what to buy.

Children need to be at poolside at 6:30pm, they are in the water until 8:30pm and parents must pick them up immediately afterwards. 

Parents don't need to stay during practice; they can sit on the bleachers. The pool is closed to swimming during hockey practice.

Every coach has had their background approved for working with children by the city R&P department.



Adult Practice (encouraged for advanced players, 12 and older)

Depending on coach approval, the advanced children are encouraged to join our adult practices. To stay informed about adult practices events, cancellations and other news, join the mailing list.


Adult practices must be paid for online (indicate the name of the player). This is a pre-paid activity; you can check your balance online. Regular players set up a recurrent payment using PayPal.



Upcoming Tournaments and Clinics

All players that participate in Underwater Hockey tournaments and clinics need to be up-to-date members of the Underwater Society of America (USOA).

Their parents need to sign the "Waiver of Liability" and acknowledge reading the US UWH "Safety Guidelines".

USOA registration and payment, as well as electronic signing of the waiver and guidelines, can be done online at USA UWH. See Opening a new account and paying annual dues for a walk-through of the steps to create a USA UWH account online and signing all required paperwork electronically.

You can check if USOA has received your payment at USOA list of players who have paid and/or signed the waiver.

All tournament/clinic players must bring their own gear (not club gear), including:
  • Mask and snorkel (with mouthguard)
  • 1 pair of fins
  • 1 glove — any color other than white, black, yellow, orange or red (We make gloves in gatherings that we host every few months.)
  • 2 sticks, one black, one white.
  • 2 headsets, one blue or black, one white.

See What Gear Do I Need for gear recommendations, and suppliers.