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Underwater hockey, originally named “octopush”
Underwater hockey, originally named “octopush”

What began in England in 1954 as a game called “octopush” has now become underwater hockey. Alan Blake, the founder of the Southsea Sub-Aqua Club, along with other scuba divers, hopped into a pool in Portsmouth, England, and created a game resembling hockey, except beneath the surface with a mask, snorkel, and a puck made of lead. They used a small bat called a pusher to propel the heavy “squid” toward the opponent’s defended goal. This way, as divers, they could build strength and lung capacity while unable to dive in the northeast Atlantic.

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Here in San Diego, we have more of a diving window, but the San Diego Underwater Hockey Meet-up includes over 170 players, and they are looking for more members.

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The group holds practices twice weekly, Tuesdays and Thursdays at 7 p.m., in the pool at the FIT Athletic Club, 12171 World Trade Center Drive in Carmel Mountain Ranch.

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Underwater hockey, originally named “octopush”
Underwater hockey, originally named “octopush”

What began in England in 1954 as a game called “octopush” has now become underwater hockey. Alan Blake, the founder of the Southsea Sub-Aqua Club, along with other scuba divers, hopped into a pool in Portsmouth, England, and created a game resembling hockey, except beneath the surface with a mask, snorkel, and a puck made of lead. They used a small bat called a pusher to propel the heavy “squid” toward the opponent’s defended goal. This way, as divers, they could build strength and lung capacity while unable to dive in the northeast Atlantic.

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Here in San Diego, we have more of a diving window, but the San Diego Underwater Hockey Meet-up includes over 170 players, and they are looking for more members.

Underwater Hockey

The group holds practices twice weekly, Tuesdays and Thursdays at 7 p.m., in the pool at the FIT Athletic Club, 12171 World Trade Center Drive in Carmel Mountain Ranch.

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