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Diving Diving usually refers to: * Diving (sport), the sport of jumping into deep water * Underwater diving, human activity underwater for recreational or occupational purposes Diving or Dive may also refer to: Sports * Dive (American football), a typ ...
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Diving Diving usually refers to: * Diving (sport), the sport of jumping into deep water * Underwater diving, human activity underwater for recreational or occupational purposes Diving or Dive may also refer to: Sports * Dive (American football), a typ ...
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Synchronized swimming Synchronised swimming (in Modern International English, synchronized swimming) or artistic swimming is a hybrid form of cheerleading Cheerleading is an activity in which the participants (called cheerleaders) cheer for their team as a form of ...
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Yacht racing Yacht racing is a Sailing (sport), sailing sport involving sailing yachts and larger sailboats, as distinguished from dinghy racing, which involves open boats. It is composed of multiple yachts, in direct competition, racing around a course marke ...
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Dragon boat racing A dragon boat is a human-powered watercraft originating from the Pearl River Delta region of China's southern Guangdong Province. These were made of teak, but in other parts of China, different kinds of wood are used. It is one of a family of tra ...

Dragon boat racing
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Kayaking Kayaking is the use of a kayak A kayak is a small, narrow watercraft Watercraft, also known as water vessels or waterborne vessels, are vehicles A vehicle (from la, vehiculum) is a machine A machine is any physical system with o ...

Kayaking
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Surfing Surfing is a surface water sport The following is a list of surface water sports. These are sports which are performed atop a body of water. Towed water sports Environmental impact includes noise, pollutants, shoreline degradation, and dist ...

Surfing
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Swimming Swimming is the self-propulsion of a person through water, or other liquid, usually for recreation, sport, exercise, or survival. Locomotion is achieved through coordinated movement of the limbs and the body to achieve hydrodynamic thrust whic ...
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Rowing Rowing is the act of propelling a boat using the motion of oars in the water by displacing water to propel the boat forward. Rowing and paddling are similar. However, rowing requires oars to have a mechanical connection with the boat, while p ...
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Water polo Water polo is a competitive sport, competitive team sport played in water between two teams of seven players each. The game consists of four quarters in which the two teams attempt to score goals by throwing the water polo ball, ball into the ...
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AquajoggingAquajogging is a cross training and rehabilitation method using low impact resistance training. It is a way to train without impacting joints. Participants wear a flotation device and move in a running motion in the deep end of a pool. Equipment, asi ...
, is a cross training and rehabilitation method using low impact resistance training. It is a way to train without impacting joints. Participants wear a flotation device and move in a running motion in the deep end of a pool. Equipment, aside from a pool, can include a flotation belt and weights. * Artistic or synchronised swimming consists of swimmers performing a synchronised routine of elaborate moves in the water, accompanied by music. *
Diving Diving usually refers to: * Diving (sport), the sport of jumping into deep water * Underwater diving, human activity underwater for recreational or occupational purposes Diving or Dive may also refer to: Sports * Dive (American football), a typ ...
, the sport of jumping off
springboard A springboard or diving board is used for Diving (sport), diving and is a board that is itself a Spring (device), spring, i.e. a linear flex-spring, of the cantilever type. Springboards are commonly fixed by a hinge at one end (so they can be f ...

springboard
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Finswimming Finswimming is an underwater sport consisting of four techniques involving swimming with the use of fins either on the water's surface using a snorkel with either monofins or bifins or underwater with monofin either by holding one's breath o ...
is a sport similar to traditional swimming using fins, monofin, snorkel and other specific devices *
Modern pentathlon The modern pentathlon is an Olympic sport that comprises five different events; fencing (one-touch épée), freestyle swimming (200 m), equestrian show jumping (15 jumps), and a final combined event of pistol shooting and cross country ru ...
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fencing Fencing is a group of three related combat sports. The three disciplines in modern fencing are the foil (fencing), foil, the épée, and the sabre (fencing), sabre (also ''saber''); winning points are made through the weapon's contact with an ...

fencing
, pistol
shooting Shooting is the act or process of discharging a projectile from a ranged weapon (such as a gun, bow and arrow, bow, crossbow, slingshot, or blowgun, blowpipe). Even the acts of launching flamethrower, flame, artillery, dart (missile), darts, ha ...

shooting
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show jumping Show jumping, also known as "stadium jumping", is a part of a group of English riding equestrianism, equestrian events that also includes dressage, eventing, Show hunter, hunters, and equitation. Jumping classes are commonly seen at horse shows ...

show jumping
course on
horseback Equestrianism (from Latin , , , 'horseman', 'horse'), commonly known as horse riding (British English) or horseback riding (American English), includes the disciplines of riding, Driving (horse), driving, and Equestrian vaulting, vaulting. Thi ...

horseback
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cross country running Cross country running is a sport in which teams and individuals run a race on open-air courses over natural terrain such as dirt or grass. The course, typically long, may include surfaces of grass and soil, earth, pass through woodlands and ope ...
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Rescue swimming Rescue Swimming refers to skills that enable an individual to attempt a rescue Rescue comprises responsive operations that usually involve the saving of life Life is a characteristic that distinguishes physical entities A bu ...
is swimming with the goal to rescue other swimmers *
Swimming Swimming is the self-propulsion of a person through water, or other liquid, usually for recreation, sport, exercise, or survival. Locomotion is achieved through coordinated movement of the limbs and the body to achieve hydrodynamic thrust whic ...
, including pool swimming and open water swimming *
Synchronized diving Diving is the sport Sport pertains to any form of Competition, competitive physical activity or game that aims to use, maintain or improve physical ability and skills while providing enjoyment to participants and, in some cases, entertai ...
, Two divers form a team and perform dives simultaneously. The dives are identical. *
Triathlon A triathlon is an endurance multisport raceMultisport may refer to: * Multi-purpose stadium A multi-purpose stadium is a type of stadium designed to be easily used by multiple types of events. While any stadium could potentially host more ...

Triathlon
, a multi-sport event involving the completion of three continuous and sequential endurance events, usually a combination of swimming,
cycling Cycling, also called bicycling or biking, is the use of bicycles for transport, recreation, Physical exercise, exercise or sport. People engaged in cycling are referred to as "cyclists", "bicyclists", or "bikers". Apart from two-wheeled bic ...

cycling
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running Running is a method of terrestrial locomotion Terrestrial locomotion has evolved Evolution is change in the heritable Heredity, also called inheritance or biological inheritance, is the passing on of Phenotypic trait, traits from ...

running
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Water aerobics Water aerobics (waterobics, aquatic fitness, aquafitness, aquafit) is the performance of aerobic exercise Aerobic exercise (also known as endurance activities, cardio or cardio-respiratory exercise) is physical exercise of low to high intensity ...
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aerobics Aerobics is a form of physical exercise that combines rhythmic aerobic exercise with stretching and strength training routines with the goal of improving all elements of fitness ( flexibility, muscular strength, and cardio-vascular fitness) ...

aerobics
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, mixes the rules of basketball and water polo, played in a swimming pool. Teams of five players each must shoot at the goal with a ball within a certain time after gaining possession. *
Water polo Water polo is a competitive sport, competitive team sport played in water between two teams of seven players each. The game consists of four quarters in which the two teams attempt to score goals by throwing the water polo ball, ball into the ...
is a sport of two teams played in water with a ball. *
Water volleyball Water volleyball (also called pool and acqua volleyball) is a competitive middle-court oriented water game. It can be played between two teams, each team consisting of 1 to 4 players, depending on the area of water in which the game is being play ...


On the water

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Boat racing Boat racing is a sport Sport pertains to any form of competitive Competition is a rivalry A rivalry is the state of two people or groups engaging in a lasting competitive relationship. Rivalry is the "against each other" spirit bet ...

Boat racing
, the use of powerboats to participate in races *
Boating s are recreational boats Boating is the leisurely activity of travelling by boat A boat is a watercraft of a large range of types and sizes, but generally smaller than a ship, which is distinguished by its larger size, shape, cargo or passen ...

Boating
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Cable skiing Cable skiing is a way to water ski Water skiing Skiing is a means of transport using skis to glide on snow. Variations of purpose include basic transport, a recreational activity, or a competitive winter sport. Many types of competit ...
, similar to wake boarding but with cables for artificial maneuvering *
Canoe polo Canoe polo, also known as kayak polo, is one of the competitive disciplines of kayaking Kayaking is the use of a kayak for moving across water. It is distinguished from canoeing by the sitting position of the paddler and the number of blades on ...

Canoe polo
combines boating and ball handling skills with a contact team game, where tactics and positional play are as important as the speed and fitness of the individual athletes. *
Canoeing Canoeing is an activity which involves paddling Paddling with regard to watercraft is the act of manually propelling a boat using a paddle. The paddle, which consists of one or two blades joined to a shaft, is also used to steer the vessel. The ...
is an activity which involves paddling a canoe with a single-bladed paddle. Most present-day canoeing is done as or as a part of a sport or recreational activity. *
Dragon boat racing A dragon boat is a human-powered watercraft originating from the Pearl River Delta region of China's southern Guangdong Province. These were made of teak, but in other parts of China, different kinds of wood are used. It is one of a family of tra ...

Dragon boat racing
, teams of 20 paddlers racing the ancient dragon boat *
Fishing Fishing is the activity of trying to catch fish Fish are , , -bearing animals that lack with . Included in this definition are the living , s, and and as well as various extinct related groups. Around 99% of living fish species are ...

Fishing
, the recreation and sport of catching fish *
Flyboard A Flyboard is a brand of hydroflighting device which supplies propulsion to drive the Flyboard into the air to perform a sport known as hydroflying.ExamplesFlyboard Ultimate SupercutPower Board Expert. A Flyboard rider stands on a board connec ...
, a brand of hydroflighting device which supplies propulsion to drive the Flyboard into the air to perform a sport known as hydroflying. *
Jet Skiing A personal watercraft (PWC), also called water scooter, is a recreation Recreation is an activity of leisure, leisure being discretionary time. The "need to do something for recreation" is an essential element of human biology and psychology. Re ...
, performed with a recreational watercraft that the rider sits or stands on, rather than sits inside of, as in a boat. * Jet Boarding is a powered surf board usually by 2 stroke engine or electric power. *
Kayaking Kayaking is the use of a kayak A kayak is a small, narrow watercraft Watercraft, also known as water vessels or waterborne vessels, are vehicles A vehicle (from la, vehiculum) is a machine A machine is any physical system with o ...

Kayaking
, the use of a kayak for moving across water *
Kiteboating Kiteboating or kite boating is the act of using a kite rig as a power source to propel a boat A boat is a watercraft Watercraft, also known as water vessels or waterborne vessels, are vehicles used in water, including boats, ship A s ...
, the act of using a kite rig as a power source to propel a boat *
Kneeboarding Kneeboarding is an water, aquatic sport where the participant is towed on a buoyant, convex, and hydrodynamically shaped boardsport, board at a planing speed, most often behind a motorboat. Kneeboarding on a surf style board with fin(s) is also ...

Kneeboarding
, an aquatic sport where the participant is towed on a buoyant, convex, and hydrodynamically shaped board at a planing speed, most often behind a motorboat. *
Parasailing Parasailing, also known as parascending, paraskiing or parakiting, is a recreational Kite types, kiting activity where a person is towed behind a vehicle while attached to a specially designed canopy wing that resembles a parachute, known as a ...

Parasailing
, where a person is towed behind a vehicle (usually a boat) while attached to a
parachute A parachute is a device used to slow the motion of an object through an atmosphere An atmosphere (from the greek words ἀτμός ''(atmos)'', meaning 'vapour', and σφαῖρα ''(sphaira)'', meaning 'ball' or 'sphere') is a layer or ...

parachute
* Picigin, a traditional Croatian ball game that is played on the beach. It is an amateur sport played in shallow water, consisting of players keeping a small ball from touching the water. *
Rafting Rafting and whitewater rafting are recreational outdoor activities Outdoor recreation or outdoor activity refers to recreation Recreation is an activity of leisure, leisure being discretionary time. The "need to do something for recreation ...

Rafting
, recreational outdoor activities which use an inflatable raft to navigate a river or other body of water * River trekking, a combination of trekking and climbing and sometimes swimming along the river *
Rowing Rowing is the act of propelling a boat using the motion of oars in the water by displacing water to propel the boat forward. Rowing and paddling are similar. However, rowing requires oars to have a mechanical connection with the boat, while p ...
, a sport that involves propelling a boat (racing shell) on water, using oars *
Sailing Sailing employs the wind—acting on sail A sail is a tensile structure by Vladimir Shukhov (during construction), Nizhny Novgorod, 1895 in Kings Domain, Melbourne A tensile structure is a construction of elements carrying only tension ...
, the practice of navigating a sail-powered craft on water, ice, or land *
Sit-down hydrofoil The sit-down hydrofoil, first developed in the late 1980s, is a variation on water skiing, a popular water sport. When towed at speed, by a powerful boat or some other device, the board of the hydrofoil 'flies' above the water surface and generally ...
ing is riding on the water with a hydrofoil attached to a ski. *
Skimboarding Skimboarding or skimming is a boardsport in which a skimboard (much like a surfboard but smaller and without fins) is used to glide across the water's surface to meet an incoming breaking wave, and ride it back to shore. Wave-riding skimboarders pe ...

Skimboarding
, a sport where people use a wooden board to slide fast on water. *
Surfing Surfing is a surface water sport The following is a list of surface water sports. These are sports which are performed atop a body of water. Towed water sports Environmental impact includes noise, pollutants, shoreline degradation, and dist ...

Surfing
, a sport where an individual uses a board to stand up and ride on the face of a wave. *
Wakeboarding Wakeboarding is a water sport in which the rider, standing on a wakeboard (a short board with foot bindings), is towed behind a motorboat across its wake and especially up off the crest in order to perform aerial maneuvers. A hallmark of wakeboa ...

Wakeboarding
, a sport where an individual is attached to a board via bindings and then holds a handle to be towed across the water while riding sideways. *
Wakeskating Wakeskating is a List of water sports, water sport and an adaptation of wakeboarding that employs a similar design of board manufactured from maple or fibreglass. Unlike wakeboarding, the rider is not bound to the board in any way, similar to the sk ...
, a sport where the rider stands on a board and is towed across the water performing maneuvers similar to those seen in skateboarding. *
Wakesurfing 150px, An example of someone wakesurfing. Wakesurfing is a water sport in which a rider trails behind a boat, riding the boat's wake without being directly pulled by the boat. After getting up on the wake, typically by use of a tow rope, the wake ...
, a sport where the individual surfs on the wake created by a boat without holding onto the handle. *
Water skiing Water skiing Skiing is the use of ski A ski is a narrow strip of semi-rigid material worn underfoot to glide over snow. Substantially longer than wide and characteristically employed in pairs, skis are attached to ski boot Ski boots ...

Water skiing
, a sport where an individual holds onto a rope and handle while being towed across the water while riding one or two water skis. *
White water rafting Rafting and whitewater rafting are recreational outdoor activities Outdoor recreation or outdoor activity refers to recreation Recreation is an activity of leisure, leisure being discretionary time. The "need to do something for recreation ...
, rafting on various classes of river
rapids Rapids are sections of a river where the river bed has a relatively steep gradient In vector calculus, the gradient of a scalar-valued function, scalar-valued differentiable function of Function of several variables, several variables is the ...

rapids
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Yachting Yachting is the use of recreational boats and ships called ''yacht A yacht is a sailing or power vessel used for pleasure, cruising, or racing. There is no standard definition, so the term applies to such vessels that have a cabin with amenit ...
, the use of recreational boats and ships called yachts, for
racing In sport, racing is a competition of speed, against an objective criterion, usually a clock or to a specific point. The competitors in a race try to complete a given task in the shortest amount of time. Typically this involves :wikt:traverse, tr ...
or
cruising Cruising may refer to: * Cruising, on a cruise ship *Cruising (driving), driving around for social purposes, especially by teenagers *Cruising (maritime), leisurely travel by boat, yacht, or cruise ship *Cruising for sex, the process of searching i ...


Under water


Recreational diving

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Cave diving Cave diving is underwater diving in water-filled caves. It may be done as an extreme sport, a way of exploring flooded caves for scientific investigation, or for the search for and recovery of divers lost as a result of one of these activities. ...
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Deep diving Deep diving is underwater diving to a depth beyond the norm accepted by the associated community. In some cases this is a prescribed limit established by an authority, while in others it is associated with a level of certification or training, an ...
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Freediving Freediver with monofin, ascending Freediving, free-diving, free diving, breath-hold diving, or skin diving is a form of underwater diving that relies on breath-holding until resurfacing rather than the use of breathing apparatus such as scuba g ...

Freediving
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Ice diving 250px, Under the ice - view from below Ice diving is a type of penetration diving where the dive takes place under ice. Because diving under ice places the diver in an overhead environment typically with only a single entry/exit point, it re ...
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Mermaiding Mermaiding (also referred to as artistic mermaiding, mermaidry, or artistic mermaid performance) is the practice of wearing, and often swimming in, a costume mermaid tail. It is difficult to determine exactly where the term "mermaiding" was coine ...
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Spearfishing Spearfishing is a method of fishing that has been used throughout the world for millennia. Early civilizations were familiar with the custom of spearing fish from rivers and streams using sharpened sticks. Currently spearfishing makes use of ...
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Underwater archaeology Wreck of ''E. Russ'' in national heritage monument.">National heritage site">national heritage monument. Underwater archaeology is archaeology Archaeology or archeology is the study of human activity through the recovery and analysis of ...

Underwater archaeology
, particularly activity involving
wreck diving , Netherlands Antilles. Wreck diving is recreational diving where the wreckage of ships, aircraft and other artificial structures are explored. Although most wreck dive sites are at shipwrecks, there is an increasing trend to scuttle retired ...
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Underwater photography (''Elacatinus oceanops'') swimming over a great star coral (''Montastraea cavernosa'') Underwater photography is the process of taking photographs while under water. It is usually done while scuba diving, but can be done while diving on Surfac ...
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underwater videography Underwater videography is the branch of electronic underwater photography concerned with capturing underwater moving images as a recreational diving, scientific, commercial, documentary film, documentary, or filmmaking activity. History In 1909 ...
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photography Photography is the art Art is a diverse range of (products of) human activities Humans (''Homo sapiens'') are the most populous and widespread species of primates, characterized by bipedality, opposable thumbs, hairlessness, and int ...

photography
done under water. Numerous contests worldwide are arranged every year.
Digital camera A digital camera is a camera A camera is an optical Optics is the branch of physics Physics is the natural science that studies matter, its Elementary particle, fundamental constituents, its Motion (physics), motion and behav ...

Digital camera
s have revolutionized how many divers participate. *
Underwater videography Underwater videography is the branch of electronic underwater photography concerned with capturing underwater moving images as a recreational diving, scientific, commercial, documentary film, documentary, or filmmaking activity. History In 1909 ...


Underwater sports

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Aquathlon (underwater wrestling) An aquathlon is a multisport race consisting of continuous run and swim elements. Competitors complete a swim immediately followed by a run over various distances. Athletes compete for fastest overall course completion, including the time trans ...
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Finswimming Finswimming is an underwater sport consisting of four techniques involving swimming with the use of fins either on the water's surface using a snorkel with either monofins or bifins or underwater with monofin either by holding one's breath o ...
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Freediving Freediver with monofin, ascending Freediving, free-diving, free diving, breath-hold diving, or skin diving is a form of underwater diving that relies on breath-holding until resurfacing rather than the use of breathing apparatus such as scuba g ...

Freediving
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Snorkeling Snorkeling ( British and Commonwealth English spelling: snorkelling) is the practice of swimming Swimming is the self-propulsion of a person through water Water is an Inorganic compound, inorganic, Transparency and translucency, tr ...

Snorkeling
is the practice of swimming at the surface (typically of the
sea The sea, connected as the world ocean or simply the ocean The ocean (also the sea or the world ocean) is the body of salt water which covers approximately 71% of the surface of the Earth.
sea
) being equipped with a mask, fins, and a short tube called a snorkel. *
Spearfishing Spearfishing is a method of fishing that has been used throughout the world for millennia. Early civilizations were familiar with the custom of spearing fish from rivers and streams using sharpened sticks. Currently spearfishing makes use of ...
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Sport diving (sport) Sport diving is an underwater sport that uses recreational open circuit scuba diving equipment and consists of a set of individual and team events conducted in a swimming pool swimming pool in Melbourne, Australia A swimming pool, swim ...
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Underwater football Underwater football is a two-team underwater sport that shares common elements with underwater hockey and underwater rugby. As with both of those games, it is played in a swimming pool swimming pool in Melbourne, Australia A swimming p ...
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Underwater hockey Underwater hockey (UWH), also known as Octopush (mainly in the United Kingdom The United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, commonly known as the United Kingdom (UK) or Britain,Usage is mixed. The Guardian' and Telegraph' use ...

Underwater hockey
is a game played underwater which has some similarities to
hockey Hockey is a term used to denote various types of both summer and winter team sports which originated on either an outdoor field, sheet of ice, or dry floor such as in a gymnasium. There are many types of hockey. Some games make the use of ska ...

hockey
. Two teams of players use short wooden curved sticks to move a heavy puck across the pool bottom to the opponents' goal. *
Underwater ice hockey Underwater ice hockey (also called Sub-aqua ice hockey) is a minor extreme sport Action sports, adventure sports or extreme sports are physical activity, activities perceived as involving a high degree of risk. These activities often invol ...
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Underwater orienteering Underwater orienteering is an underwater sport that uses recreational open circuitOpen circuit may refer to: * Open-circuit scuba, a type of SCUBA-diving equipment where the user breathes from the set and then exhales to the surroundings without ...
* Underwater photography (sport) *
Underwater rugby Underwater rugby (UWR) is an underwater team sport. During a match two teams try to score a negatively buoyant ball (filled with saltwater) into the opponents’ goal at the bottom of a swimming pool swimming pool in Melbourne, Australi ...
is a game played underwater which has some similarities to
rugby football Rugby football is a collective name for the family of team sports of rugby union and rugby league, as well as the earlier forms of football from which both games, as well as Australian rules football and gridiron football, evolved. The two v ...
. Two teams try to score goals by sending a slightly negatively buoyant ball into the opponents' goal placed on the bottom of the pool. *
Underwater target shooting Underwater Target Shooting is an underwater sport/shooting sport Shooting sports is a collective group of competitive sport, competitive and recreational sporting activities involving proficiency tests of accuracy, precision and speed in shooti ...


See also

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Outdoor recreation Outdoor recreation or outdoor activity refers to recreation Recreation is an activity of leisure Leisure has often been defined as a quality of experience or as free time. Free time is spent away from , , , , and , as well as necessar ...
* Outline of canoeing and kayaking


References


Water Sports Dictionaries
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