Fitness classes for the new year: Underwater hockey
It was a sport which rose to prominence in the 1950s to keep divers fit.
But underwater hockey is still a sport played competitively today, attracting members from all over Wales.
“I think a lot of people who are fed up of swimming laps enjoy a bit of different team sport - and it’s a really good team sport,” explained Newport Underwater Hockey’s Jenny Murphy.
Players wear their snorkels alongside a water polo hat to protect their ears, and flippers to help pick up speed.
Instead of using the traditional hockey ball, a heavy lead puck is flicked along the bottom of the pool using a smaller stick.
Swimmers compete along the pool floor, coming up for air, but never lifting their heads out of the pool.
01 Jan 2019