Suitable for Grades 7 - 12



  • Constant supervision by a certified NLS Lifeguard is required.
  • On-site supervision by a teacher is recommended following initial skill instruction and after all safety concerns have been emphasized.
  • A teacher may also act as a referee for game situations.


Instructional Considerations

  • Prior to giving students access to deep water (above chest height) for swimming or other activities students must be able to meet the Swim to Survive Standard, a sequence of three skills: roll into deep water, tread water for 1 minute, and swim 50 m.
  • Fingernails and toenails should be closely trimmed.
  • A one piece bathing suit is recommended for female participants.
  • Weaker swimmers can be supported by use of a life jacket/PFD or float belt.
  • Students must be aware of where the ball is at all times to prevent anyone from getting hit in the head from a pass. Swim goggles should not be worn to prevent any damage to the eye if this were to happen.
  • Students should begin to play with no contact to focus on the skill development of swimming with the ball, passing, and shooting.



  • Shallow water pools can be utilized to ensure basic skills are met prior to transitioning to deep water pools.
  • Standard water polo balls provide better grip when in the water, but are quite hard. Students can learn the passing and shooting motion with a softer ball initially.
  • Soft inflatable nets can be used to prevent injury while transporting and setting up a field of play.

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Alberta Water Polo Association

Dernière mise à jour: 10 septembre, 2020.