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WATER POLO

THE MOST INTENSE GAME IN THE WORLD BUT YOU ARE ONLY WATCHING HALF OF IT

Getting into Water Polo in Singapore
Getting into water polo is easy. Children can be introduced to the game during swimming lessons. Register for a free assessment now if your child is ready for the game.

Kids’ Swimming Lessons
Children can be introduced to water polo in their swimming lessons. Our Learn to Swim Programme has water polo specific modules in Levels 8 – 10, known as the Aquatics Skills Framework.
These three steps on the Programme involve learning the basics of the sport from movement, shooting and passing to more complex skills and technique. Ask your child’s swimming teacher about it at the next lesson.
The Aquatics Skills Framework also involves playing Mini-polo – a beginner’s version of water polo with a smaller ball.
The rules of Mini-polo are more relaxed – players can stand up for example – so you can play in shallow water and just use floats or cones as goalposts.

Aquatics Skills Framework – Water Polo
Click or tap on one of the stages of the framework below to see what standards are required to progress through each stage.

 

AQUATIC SKILLS FRAMEWORK

Stage 8 (Water Polo)

Water Polo Beginner

  1. Tread water vertically and comfortably for 30 seconds, using eggbeater kick.

  2. Maintain a vertical position whilst moving forwards, backwards, left and right, using sculling and eggbeater kick for 5 metres.

  3. Maintain a horizontal position whilst moving forwards, backwards, left and right, using sculling and eggbeater kick for 5 metres.

  4. Perform 5 metre horizontal lateral slides, to the right, return to centre and then left and return to centre.

  5. Swim 5 metres head up front crawl.

  6. Swim forwards 5 metres whilst controlling a ball in front.

  7. In vertical eggbeater, pick up the ball from underneath the surface with alternate hands into a throwing position.

  8. Hold a tripod position, with a ball, for 30 seconds.

  9. Play a simple water polo game, score by placing ball on the side of the pool and demonstrate skills learnt during this stage.

Stage 9 (Water Polo)

Water Polo Intermediate

  1. Swim 5 metres head up front crawl, change direction 90 degrees left, swim 5 metres change direction 90 degrees right.

  2. Swim 5 metres head up front crawl, change direction through 180 degrees, swim 5 metres.

  3. Swim 5 metres water polo backstroke.

  4. Swim 5 metres water polo head up front crawl, turn onto back, continue in same direction for 5 metres and turn back onto front and swim 5 metres.

  5. Swim 5 metres head up front crawl with breaststroke legs.

  6. Pass and catch a ball accurately with a partner, with one hand, over a 3 metre distance while maintaining a strong body position.

  7. Swim 10 metres head up front crawl, receive a ball on the water, and continue to swim whilst controlling the ball.

  8. Swim 5 metres with a ball, pass ball to target, and continue to swim 5 metres.

  9. Pick up a ball, shoot at a target from a 2 metre distance and repeat five times. The target may be a player, kick board, plastic bottles, etc. 

  10. Play a simplified water polo game, score by hitting a target on the side of the pool or some other adaptation and demonstrate skills learnt during this stage and in Learn to Swim Stage 8 Water Polo.

Stage 10 (Water Polo)

Water Polo Advanced

  1. Swim 5 metres, receive a ball on the water, control the ball in front for 5 metres, change direction one way, swim 5 metres, change direction the opposite way, swim 5 metres and then pass to a partner.

  2. Pick up a ball, shoot at a target five times from a 2 metre distance, using an off-water shot. The target may be a kick board, plastic bottles, a player or into a goal.

  3. Jump vertically, sideways and forwards.

  4. Jump ½ turn and pass ball while on back.

  5. Marking during game-play situation.

  6. Understand concepts of long walking and short walking and when to apply in a game situation.

  7. Play a water polo game, with full rules and goals, and demonstrate skills learnt during this stage and in Learn to Swim Stages 8 and 9 Water Polo, showing good technique throughout.

Age Groups Competition

Competitive Water Polo

Here at 28º Aquatic, we provide competitive water polo programme that aims to encourage swimmers from age 7 through to young adult to progress from swimming lessons to being able to compete on a local, regional and national level.

28º Aquatic is a competitive water polo club that aims to give swimmers every opportunity to develop their skills and fitness so that they can reach their potential as swimmers and all-round sportspeople. Due to the nature of the game, it is a sport that requires a lot of dedication to reach your potential and we would expect this commitment from swimmers who want to join the programme.


Before attending a trial, we expect swimmers to have completed at least Stage 6 on the Swimming Development program and ideally be aged 7-9 years old. The older the swimmer the higher the standard we would expect as they would often need to start in a higher training group. We will consider swimmers outside this age range if they show exceptional potential or are already swimming competitively or at a high enough level.

We are a competitive water polo club and therefore expect commitment to not only the training but also to Galas which maybe at different locations or outside the country depending on the level the swimmers reach.

Water Polo Get fit

Adult Water Polo

This programme is targeted at working adults who need some forms of good exercises to maintain their fitness and health. We also offer the opportunities to compete in OPEN and MASTER competition. It's never too old to PLAY and it's never too late to PLAY too.