“I joined Surge Rookies for something
new and physical, where lack of
experience wouldn't hold me back - and I
got all that. What I didn't expect was the
incredible sense of community”
ROOKIES 2017 MVP
It has been voted the most difficult sport in the world, but everyone who plays had to start somewhere.
Melbourne Surge fosters a supportive learning environment to help new members transition into
the club, learn the skills at their own pace and develop into a fully-fledged player.
Whether it is swimming ability, ball skills, endurance, or the dreaded eggbeater kick, there will always be a Melbourne Surge member
to cheer you on. Your skills and confidence can help you decide what level you wish to train at, and whether you’d like to play with us competitively.
Melbourne Surge runs an annual Rookies Program at the start of the calendar year. The program is designed to get a group of players who are new to the sport together, to learn together, over a period of 10 weeks.
Starting with the basics, each week skills are developed and built, culminating in a public ‘Rookies vs Rookies’ match open to family and friends, and a Graduation Party.
Rookies is a great way to be introduced to the sport and other newbies slowly and in a supported way.
I’ve missed the start of the Rookies Program – what now? Don’t worry; you’re not the only one! We generally have a number of new faces come throughout the year.
While it may be a little more difficult compared to completing the program itself, if is by no means impossible and you won’t be the first (or only) one! We’ll ensure you’re always buddied with someone, supported and comfortable.
"Surge was amazingly welcoming, and everyone is so lovely. The program was a lot of fun, and it was great to learn water-polo in a supportive environment. I love getting more and more involved in all the activities and events, it's great being so involved in the community."
VIRGINIE ROOKIE 2017
"The Surge Rookies program was an amazing experience where I learned so many new skills and made awesome friends. Surge is a welcoming and diverse community with many opportunities to compete and attend fun social events throughout the year, something I have greatly valued coming into the club"
WILL ROOKIE 2017
"The Surge Rookies Program literally changed my life. Surge is a very welcoming and friendly club; not only is it a great workout but it is also very social. There is a wide range of different people physically and socially. 2017 was the best year I've had and it was mainly due to Surge."
LIAM ROOKIE 2017
ROOKIES PROGRAM IS HELD ON FRIDAY NIGHTS AT 6.30-7.30PM
COME TRY IT OUT. FIRST SESSION IS FREE!
What skills do I need before I start?
Unsurprisingly water polo requires a lot of swimming. For your safety and enjoyment we recommend you be able to swim 200m freestyle without stopping before joining to learn water polo.
While your swimming will improve after joining Surge we recommend learn to swim classes until you can swim 200m non-stop comfortably before joining. If you're unsure come along to speak with us or give it a go.
What do I need to bring?
Towel, swimmers, mouth guard, water bottle, goggles, soap to rise off before and after.
What do I need to wear?
You can wear whatever swimmers you are comfortable in while we train though most men will be in speedos and most women will be wearing a one piece.
What should I expect from the course?
Sessions usually start with a swim warm up and then move onto water polo drills. Over the 10 weeks we'll start with the basics like eggbeater kick, passing and shooting before then progress to more complicated game tactics and skills to prepare you for the Rookies Graduation Match.