By Robyn Hartley
The beach might be just out of reach but never fear, H2O lovers, there are plenty of activities that you can get involved with right here on campus. The Underwater Club and Aquatics Club provide for sports enthusiasts and leisure lovers alike.
The Underwater Club offers underwater hockey, scuba diving and spear fishing with regular weekend trips down to the coast. Andrea Bernatzeder, chairperson of the Underwater Club, says they soon hope to become members of the Port Elizabeth Wild Side Divers Club, which will allow them dives costing R40-R50. Diving courses from beginners to divemaster as well as a rescue course are offered and taught by the Underwater Club’s very own NAUI (National Association of Underwater Instructors) qualified instructor. Bernatzeder says she also hopes to get a fish identification course started in an attempt to teach people more about the underwater ocean environment in which they are diving.
Equipment for diving and underwater hockey is available for hire from the club and anyone who is interested is encouraged to become a member. The future plan for the Underwater Club is to take part in the 2007 SASSU (South African Student Sports Union) inter-varsity event held toward the end of the year. By becoming a member and getting involved in underwater hockey, scuba diving or spear fishing you could have the opportunity to compete at club and provincial levels along with your team mates!
For those of you more into Speedo’s and goggles than fish and the underwater world, the Aquatics Club offers swimming as well as men’s and ladies waterpolo. Waterpolo training takes place every week Mon-Wed with swimming training on Tues-Thurs. Regular waterpolo league competitions and swimming events are held in both Port Elizabeth and East London.
At the Tri-Varsity event held at Rhodes last year both men’s and ladies waterpolo and underwater hockey teams were triumphant against NMMU (Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University). Rhodes swimming team also came out on top, soundly beating NMMU.
For those of you just looking for a tan and some fun swimming, Rhodes pool is open from 8am – 6pm all week round excluding Mondays and Fridays when it only opens at 1pm.
Other water sports offered at Rhodes include surfing, sailing, canoeing and rowing.