World sports existed a lot of underwater competitions but speaking of the “monster” level, So Underwater hockey held the No. 1 position. It also holds the No. 1 position by the bottom of the lake, the competitor must not only swim well, dive well, but also need to hold his breath.
The water hockey that happened so casually in circumstances has nothing to do with sports. By 1954, Underwater hockey (also known as Octopush) was officially considered a sport after Alan Blake founded the first club, Southsea Sub-Aqua in England. The water hockey then responded enthusiastically by the harmonious combination of swimming and diving skills, while the form of ice hockey and basketball hybridization.
Both men and women can participate in this subject, just have a good tolerance to the challenge of holding a breath for a certain time under water. They were equipped with fins, masks, snorkels, a rubber protective glove, a headscarf and a small stick about 30 cm long to control the puck (similar to ice hockey balls) weighing from 1.3 – 1.5 kg is covered with plastic to create friction at the bottom of the pool.
Regular water hockey matches take place at a swimming pool with a length of 25 m, a width of 12 m, reaching a depth of 2 – 4 m and 2 heads with 2 metal trays with a length of 3 m. Spectators of this strange sport will watch from the surface of the lake or enjoy it directly on the screen recorded by the camera or close-up view of the mirror-shaped swimming pools.
Every water hockey game brings excitement and attracts viewers’ attention by playing “unique”. The two teams wade into the water, each team has 10 people (6 matches, 4 reserves) and is recognized by the paint color of the club. After the referee’s order, 12 fishermen swim and dive the 2 teams face-down, they slam into the bottom of the water together, curl the holder and pass the ball to the direction of the tray (considered a subject in ice hockey or football) of the opponent before making scoring shots (the ball is completely in the tray).