I found numerous underwater sports that are very odd. Before reading, try to guess what they are. I will list them in order, with the oddest being number one.
As a swimmer, I found this a fun topic to write about. When exercising, you will find me lap swimming, but my favorite way to swim is underwater and has been since I was 5-years-old.
#1 Underwater target shooting
If you enjoy holding your breath and target shooting, you may enjoy underwater target shooting since this odd sport combines those two things. This is a competitive sport where participants gear up in the following equipment:
* Weighted belt
If you think this is too strange to be true, watch the 2009 Underwater Shooting Championship on YouTube.
#2 Underwater football
The odd yet interesting sport of underwater football is similar to water polo; however, it is played completely underwater.
If you haven’t heard of this funny sport, it may be because it takes place in Canada and Newfoundland.
If you have to see this freakish form of football for yourself to believe it, here it is on YouTube. Enjoy!
#3 Underwater walking
People perform underwater walking with a weighted ball.
On Aug. 5, 2011, Joe Wilkie broke the world record for the lengthiest underwater walk. Wilkie is a 21-year-old lifeguard who has been working at the Aquatic Fitness Center in Tonawanda, N.Y., since he was 16-years-old; furthermore, this is where the world record was broke. The news story, complete with video, can be found here.
#4 Underwater tennis
Not only is underwater tennis odd, it is a bit crazy if you ask me.
Scuba divers in Cheshire, U.K., have made their own version of tennis at the Blue Planet Aquarium. A 3.8 million gallon tank allows divers and tennis enthusiasts to go underwater with their racquets and weighted tennis balls. By the way, the tank also features stingrays and 9-foot sharks. Do you want to play amongst these sea creatures? I know I most definitely do not.
#5 Underwater pumpkin carving
You have probably heard of pumpkin smashing, but have you heard of underwater pumpkin carving? If not, now you have.
This year in Pensacola, Fla., the third annual Underwater Pumpkin Carving Contest at the Grand Lagoon Yacht Club was held. Not only is this an odd sport, it also benefits a wonderful charity. Rather than paying a fee to partake in the competition, participants donated an unwrapped toy to benefit Toys for Tots.
On Oct. 16, 2010, scuba divers carved pumpkins underwater with Tanks-A-Lot. Watch the video to see these underwater pumpkin carvers in action.
#6 Underwater wrestling (Aquathlon)
You may not be aware of underwater wrestling, also called Aquathlon; however, it has been around since the 1980s. The sport was created by an underwater sports coach named Igor Ostrovsky, and the first competition took place in Russia on April 28, 1982, in the city of Moscow. Watch these underwater wrestlers as they try to be the first to remove the ribbon from their opponents ankle.
#7 Underwater dance classes
One dance troupe from Canada has won multiple international awards. The team is called H30 Subdance, and they are from Montreal. Watch this odd yet intriguing dance routine to get a better idea of what underwater dancing is all about.
#8 Underwater bike riding
Vittorio Innocente set a world record for the longest bike ride beneath the water. In 2008, he rode 110 meters at 65 meters beneath sea level in the Mediterranean Sea. Watch Innocente ride under the sea in the musical video he put together on YouTube.
If that wasn’t enough for you, enjoy this video of the first French submarine that is powered by pedaling. This is truly a bicycle powered submarine. If this is not unique, I don’t know what is.
#9 Underwater cycling
Not only is there underwater cycling, there is a below water stationary cycle.
Innocente, who holds the world record for the longest bike ride, also holds the world record for cycling underwater.
#10 Underwater hockey (Octopush)
Underwater hockey, also called Octopush, began in 1954 and was created by the late Alan Blake.
Watch the sport of Octopush in action as the Singapore Underwater Hockey Club battles beneath the water.
That was fun! I hope you enjoyed the top 10 oddest underwater sports!
More from Rebecca Bardelli:
Rebecca completed courses in Medical Terminology, Administrative Medical Assisting, and Coding and Billing. She is recognized by the National Healthcareer Association as a Certified Billing and Coding Specialist (CBCS) and Medical Administrative Assistant (CMAA). In addition, Rebecca is a former gymnast and is avid about yoga, swimming and other athletic activities.
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