This is a platform for User Generated Content. G/O Media assumes no liability for content posted by Kinja users to this platform.

Moments of underwater rugby at the 2015 Salzburger Stier

Illustration for article titled Moments of underwater rugby at the 2015 Salzburger Stier

Warm up swimming is done first without, then with fins. Finswimming makes this sport very fast-paced.

Advertisement
Illustration for article titled Moments of underwater rugby at the 2015 Salzburger Stier

The gear of the players are checked by the surface referee to avoid harm done by sharp edges. Two other scuba diver referees are watching the game underwater.

Advertisement
Illustration for article titled Moments of underwater rugby at the 2015 Salzburger Stier

The game is very exhausting. 6 players are in the pool at the same time, and each player has an exchange player by the pool waiting to jump in as their pair comes out for a half a minute break.

Advertisement
Illustration for article titled Moments of underwater rugby at the 2015 Salzburger Stier

The players wear a snorkel and mask so they keep track of the game even when they surface for air.

Advertisement
Illustration for article titled Moments of underwater rugby at the 2015 Salzburger Stier

A separate exchange lane is used to avoid the exchange players hitting someone when jumping in.

Advertisement
Illustration for article titled Moments of underwater rugby at the 2015 Salzburger Stier

The physical demands of underwater rugby are various. The best players are not only big, strong and powerful, but also fast and agile and great swimmers.

Advertisement
Illustration for article titled Moments of underwater rugby at the 2015 Salzburger Stier

However, unlike most sports, underwater rugby is actually quite safe. The resistance of the water lowers the risk of injuries. The most common ones are only scratches done by the fins.

Advertisement
Illustration for article titled Moments of underwater rugby at the 2015 Salzburger Stier

As this sport is done breathhold and even the best players run out of air at some point, tactics and teamwork are crucial.

Advertisement
Illustration for article titled Moments of underwater rugby at the 2015 Salzburger Stier

Smaller teams are usually mixed gender teams, but larger tournaments have women's league.

Advertisement
Illustration for article titled Moments of underwater rugby at the 2015 Salzburger Stier

Despite the fact that it's a very young sport, it's played in more than 25 countries, and keeps spreading around the world.

Advertisement
Illustration for article titled Moments of underwater rugby at the 2015 Salzburger Stier
Illustration for article titled Moments of underwater rugby at the 2015 Salzburger Stier
Advertisement
Illustration for article titled Moments of underwater rugby at the 2015 Salzburger Stier
Illustration for article titled Moments of underwater rugby at the 2015 Salzburger Stier

Share This Story

Get our newsletter