What you need to Know
Don’t let the equipment list hold you back. The Club has multiple sets of gear in various sizes. We can fit you out with everthing you need to get started; except bathers.
The equipment used is:
One step at a time. As your interset and desire grows we can advise on getting you own personal gear.
- Snorkelling gear (mask, snorkel, fins)
- Playing sticks (used to propel the puck)
- Glove (to protect the hand against abrasion and the impact of 1 kg of lead)
Go to Contacts to attend one of our Introduction session.
If your keen to know more about the details in selecting gear, scroll down.
The first thing about gear is to find equipment that you are comfortable with. Fins that cause blisters, snorkels that rub the gum, gloves that are ill fitting, masks that leak are all things that makes playing uncomfortable.
The aim is that your equipment should be a seamless extension of yourself. That will come with time and familiarity but equipment that is not right for you detracts from the fun.
Where possible you should be trying different equipment to see what you like:
Fins – The sport requires you to generate power quickly over short distances. What to look for is closed heel (no buckles or straps as these create drag or injur others), rigidness (maximises displacement of water for each kick), small or light (allows rapid kick frequency).
The club stock F1’s (in picture) as they meet all the above requirements and are excellent value for money. Some people don’t like the foot pocket, so definitely try a pair out. Using a sock to pad out your fins is fine. You will get 2+ years of regular usage from your fins.
- F1’s through the club cost $40 (unbeatable value for money).
- If your after that extra 10% performance, top of the range fiberglass custom made fins are $300+
Mask – You want a low volume, good visibility, streamline with no protrusions, soft silicon, a good fit and comfortable. Typically referred to as free diving masks and are not common in dive shops.
Again comfort is critical so try a few out. The club has some masks for sale that you can try. The Cressi super occhio (in picture) is a classic mask but they don’t fit all faces. Masks will last you a long time, I have had my occhio for 15 + years and still going strong so buying quality will save you in the long run.
- The price ranges from $30-$130.
- Occhio through the club $50
- DSG through the club $40
Snorkel – Again comfort is the thing, the tube should be large bore to allow air to move freely and it should be flexible so you don’t impale people when coming to the surface. The top 2-3 cm are cut off by most players to reduce vibrations and to make clearing easier.
Two main options, valve or non valve. The valve type is easy to clear but the valve can get faulty which renders the snorkel useless. My preference is no valve because they are fail safe. Once you get the clearing technique right if feels effortless. The snorkel will last a life time, the only thing that goes wrong is that some people bite the lugs off in moments of extreme effort. A good entry level no valve is the Cressi American
- Snorkels range in price from $30 - $100.
Bats – Try out some different types to see what they are like. There is a lot of variety and whatever you go with you will adapt to it. You can either go for a premade shop bats (or make them up from pine).
Shop bats are very low maintenance, almost indestructible, do not wear out, and never fade. If you’re a left hander your options in styles will be limited. Bats are made specifically for either a left or right hander.
Home made from pine is the go if you have some special bat needs. You will need a jig saw rounded wood file, sandpaper and paint. If you find a bat you like take a template.
- You can by a pair of plastic ones for around $70/pair.
- Homemade bats will cost a few dollars and time.
Gloves – The glove must provide protection around common impact spots but must also be comfortable to wear. Should be snug all over, tight to get on is fine, no lose bits that can catch the water as you move, and moulded in a shape that allows clasping a bat with easy.
The recent trend is silicon groves and you can purchase on line. Alternatively you can make your own (most of the clubs loan gloves are homemade). Homemade can be mess but the glove will be perfectly customised to your hand (I can provide advice on making your own glove). You will get about 2+ years of regular usage from a glove.
- From a supplier expect to pay $60-80
- Homemade around $5 in material, and your time.
Pucks - The club supplies these. These are a kilo of lead covered with a rubbere or plastic component. They can be purchased on line $70 but beware. The sticky plastic floor at Monash means only certain types work in our environment.
The good thing about most of this stuff is that if you throw in a wet suit then you have hours of holiday entertainment when you go on those beach holidays.