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Do I need to be a good swimmer to play water polo?

No, but it helps! We have swimmers of all levels on the team. Swimming ability and being in swimming shape definitely makes learning the game a lot easier. The team can help you train, increase your endurance, and improve your stroke. Our Thursday practice is an ideal venue for individuals who want to improve their skill level. Swimming at your gym or with the Tsunami Swim Team are also great ways to get in swimming shape.


I'm interested in attending a practice. Can I just show up?

Please email us before attending practice to let us know who you are, your current skill level and that you are interested in coming to check out a practice. Please provide your current USWP number.


You must be registered with USA Waterpolo for insurance reasons...no exceptions.


There is a two-week trial membership if you're not sure you want to join for a whole year. You must sign up for either a USWP membership or a two-week trial USWP membership prior to coming to practice.


If you are a beginner, we welcome you to join our Thursday practices. Thursdays are geared towards development and will include drills and instruction whenever possible. If you are an experienced player, please attend Thursday practice and the board will invite you to Tuesday practices. Either way, please introduce yourself via email first so we have an idea of who you are and what your skill/fitness level is as well as confirm your USWP membership.


Throughout most of the year, new players may attend practice, but occasionally when we are preparing for a tournament, our regular practice may be closed to new players. As a result, we may ask you to postpone your first visit during one of these times. Come by, meet the team and test the waters!


What should I bring to practice?


Swim cap (if you'd like to tame/protect your long locks in the water)

A suit that you feel comfortable swimming and playing in

A good attitude!
















Do you have to be experienced to play with SF Tsunami Water Polo?

We welcome players of all levels. You can be a total newbie or be an ex-Olympic star. As long as you have a strong desire to learn and contribute a positive, enthusiastic attitude, hop on board!


Water Polo is an intense sport, and it's sometimes overwhelming to begin. We do ask that completely new players first attend Thursday practice prior to joining our Tuesday night practice. Please check our Practice page for information on the next Thursday practice.


Is the SF Tsunami Water Polo team all gay?

The team is primarily gay and lesbian, but we do have lots of straight players as well. We don't care how you identify as long as you're ready to play and have fun!


How do I join the team?

  • Email us to let us know who you are, your current skill level and that you are interested in joining the team.

  • If you are an experienced player, show up to one of our regular Tuesday practices. If you are a beginner, come to a Thursday practice. Your first regular practice is free. Come by, meet the team and test the waters.

  • Register with USA Water Polo. All SF Tsunami Water Polo team members must be registered with USA Water Polo for insurance and liability purposes - NO EXCEPTIONS. You can sign up for a 1-year USA Water Polo membership (Silver) here: https://webpoint.usawaterpolo.com/wp/memberships/join.asp

  • If you’re not ready to commit to a full year of USA Water Polo membership, you may also get a one-week free trial USA Water Polo membership. Just download, print, and fill out the form, then bring it with you to practice. Here’s a link to a copy of the trial membership form

  • Please download the                 app on your smartphone or computer to pay for practices.

  • Join the SF Tsunami Water Polo Google group to receive the latest information about practices, events, and general information about the team: https://groups.google.com/d/forum/sftsunamiwaterpolo

How much are team dues?

Team dues are $10 per practice to drop in or $45 monthly. Annual dues of $460, or quarterly dues of $125 can be paid as well. In addition to paying your team dues and for liability reasons, all team members must also be registered with USA Water Polo. Currently an annual Silver membership with USA Water Polo costs $70.


What are the benefits of being an SF Tsunami Water Polo team member?

In addition to regular exposure to a group of exceptional people and athletes and getting into great shape, team members have the opportunity to play and scrimmage against local teams on a regular basis and compete in national and international tournaments such as the Gay Games and International Gay and Lesbian Aquatics tournaments.


Are there any women on the team?

We have many women on the team! We also field women's teams at tournaments whenever possible. Again, we are open to EVERYONE! We are one big Narwhal family!

How do I find out more about what is going on with the team?

Join the SF Tsunami Water Polo Google group to receive the latest information about practices, events, and general information about the team. 


Who can I contact if I have other questions?

If you want more information about the team, please email us at:







International Gay and Lesbian Aquatics (IGLA)

Federation Internationale de Natation (FINA)


Water Polo

USA Water Polo

Link to trial USAWP membership form



Tsunami Swim

Tsunami Synchro

Pacific Masters Swimming

U.S. Masters Swimming



Federation of Gay Games

Gay and Lesbian International Sport Association (GLISA)/OutGames


Other local water polo teams

Burlingame Aquatic Club

East Bay Masters Water Polo

Fog Masters Water Polo

Menlo Mavens Water Polo

Napa Valley Masters Water Polo

Oakland Water Polo Masters

Olympic Club




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