Canoe Polo

Canoe Polo / General / 08/06/2017

Canoe Polo is a fun way to develop or refine your kayaking skills in a safe environment and is for all ages and abilities. It has all the action of a football game and yet has a low risk of injury. A fast, energetic and extremely skilful game it is played in indoor swimming pools in Winter, and outdoor swimming pools, lakes and other bodies of water in Summer.  It combines the ball skills of water polo with kayaking skills for manoeuvrability.

Each team has 5 players on the field with up to 3 substitutes. The field is 35 x 20 metres in size, with a 2 x 1.5m goal suspended 2 metres above the water at each end. The rules are based on safety, allowing fast, exciting play that is very entertaining for spectators.

Each player paddles a specially designed kayak called a ‘polo bat’ that is up to 3 metres long that is low volume and has protective bumpers at the front and back. Players wear a protective buoyancy vest and helmet with faceguard.  Players in possession of the ball can be ‘tackled’ by the opposition’s kayak, or ‘hand tackled’ on the shoulder and capsized in the more advanced levels. The ball is passed hand to hand as in water polo. Paddles can be used to intercept passes and block shots at goal.

Each game is 2 x 10 minutes as it can be very anaerobic. There is a ‘Summer Series’ interstate competition with tournaments in the ACT, Victoria, NSW and SA. WA, Qld and Tas hold local competitions and interstate players are always welcomed there also. National championships are held on a rotational basis in each state, with the National Championships in Adelaide in 2018.

Currently there is a Winter competition run at Westminster School’s pool on Sunday nights’ 5-7pm and beginners are welcome. There will be a number of summer competitions and more details can be obtained by obtaining ‘BATCHAT’ the Canoe Polo newsletter by contacting the communication officer or Canoe SA for more details.

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