NZUWR - Wellington is organising a scuba dive course.
This will be an entry level scuba course for beginners with no prior scuba experience.
The intention behind this is to train our UWRugby players in the use of basic scuba equipment and be able to referee UWRugby games.
The course is open to anyone at this stage, even if you have no intentions to referee.
UWRugby is governed by the rules of CMAS, the 'World Underwater Federation' and we were lucky to have found an instructor who is able to train and certify us for the CMAS 'One Star Diver Training'.
This certificate is acknowledged by other dive-training agencies such as BSAC, PADI, SDI etc. as an entry level dive certificate and enables you to go scuba diving on around New Zealand and overseas. If you want to continue scuba diving with a different training agency for example PADI, the 'CMAS - One Star Diver' is equivalent to the 'Open Water Diver', although the CMAS training is known to be more thorough. The course costs will be up to $450, depending if we can use our own pool booking for the training.
We would like to encourage all players to participate in this course.
Please contact us to express your interest.
For more information about the training visit the CMAS website
NZ Underwater - newsletter
New Zealand Underwater Rugby (NZUWR) is member of the national association for Underwater Sports - the 'NZ Underwater Association' (NZU). The NZU is the national representative for CMAS, which is the governing body for Underwater Rugby on international level.
NZU is sending out newsletters every month to the whole of the NZ Underwater community. This is a great way to stay informed and also the opportunity to bring your own underwater activities to everyone's attention. As a member of NZUWR you should receive these newsletters - if not, please get in contact with us.
here is part of the latest NZU-newsletter regarding UWRugby:
NZ Underwater Rugby is Growing
After the Trans-Tasman tournament in Sydney in September, NZUWR are preparing two teams to go to Brisbane for the next big tournament in the region. The teams will again be from Auckland and Wellington which will play in the Australian Club Tournament. A national team will be made up of top players from the two teams, and will play against Australia, and Singapore, who will be attending the tournament for the first time.
A rules, tactics, and practice seminar is being planned pre-tournament, and will hopefully be held in Hamilton. If you’re nearby and would be keen to learn more, use our contact form or send us an email for the details. We will update the details here once finalised as well.
There is also a strong focus on developing a womens team and developing the sport in terms of female players. 16 year old Mikayla Graham played at the Sydney tournament and was invited to attend UWR training camps in preparation for the World Championships being held in Columbia in 2015. She has started a fundraising page to help gather funds for both the trip, and to help with developing the womens team upon her return.
To donate and help Mikayla achieve her goal, go to her fundraising page here.
This is a great initiative and we look forward to hearing how it’s all going. It’s great to see small underwater sports growing and gathering momentum in New Zealand.
Underwater Rugby in Naenae, Lower Hutt
The Wellington team has secured an additional pool booking in Naenae, Lower Hutt.
Training is on Thursdays between 8:30 - 9:30pm.
NZUWR is introducing Underwater Rugby to the Lower Hutt region and we hope to attract new players for this fascinating sport.
Naenae is a fantastic pool for training. The water depth of 3.3 m is on the shallow side but this is ideal for beginners and younger players. For the advanced players it will mean a higher pace and more action at the bottom of the pool. The pool has sloping sides behind the goals but there is enough distance between the goals and ample space in width.
The facilities are very clean and there are nice hot showers after the training.
If you're interested to give it a go or just want to come and have a look, please feel free to contact us or show up at the pool on a Thursday at 8.30pm.