“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” 

   THOMAS FYFIELD 

ROOKIES 2017 MVP

LEARN TO PLAY

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.

ROOKIES PROGRAM

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.

"I joined the rookies program in 2022, the first year it was run after the pandemic. I was hoping to meet other queer people in a setting that wasn’t a bar or club. The experience continues to be overwhelmingly positive. The club is incredibly welcoming regardless of ability, gender, age, or sexuality. Playing waterpolo has almost been secondary to the friendships, social events, and inclusivity I’ve experienced. I can’t recommend it enough."

RYAN ROOKIE 2022

"Rookies was a really good experience for anyone that’s new to Water Polo or just unsure about their ability to play. I found the Surge Members to be very welcoming and felt included. Rookies helped me build the basic skills and confidence I needed to go into my first season of competition! It has been a fantastic way to make new friends, challenge myself to learn a new sport and improve my fitness."

IAN ROOKIE 2022

"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

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ROOKIES PROGRAM IS HELD ON FRIDAY NIGHTS AT 8.30-9.30PM 

NEW SEASON WILL START FEBRUARY 2023

COME TRY IT OUT. FIRST SESSION IS FREE!

FAQ's

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.