What is SUP Polo? Probably the most fun you will ever have on a paddle board.

SUP Polo

We started SUP Polo on Chichester Canal last season and it was an instant hit with our regular paddlers and our Chichester SUP Club members, we then went on to form our own team called The Chichester Dolphins. Sadly, Covid – 19 put a stop to much of 2020’s fun, however we are now ready to restart for the coming season and would love to welcome some new paddlers to join the fun. We provide the boards and SUP Polo paddles at our venue on the Chichester Canal, and if you need a wetsuit you can hire one from us for just ÂŁ5. Prepare to get wet 🙂

Come and join us and dive head first into SUP Polo:-)

SUP Polo

To book your session just click on the link and secure your place, or sign up to one of our club membership schemes to get discounts and free Polo, fitness and social paddle sessions.

Check out the video below to see some of the antics of The Chichester SUP Dolphins team and check out the rules below.

We look forward to welcoming you 🙂

SUP Polo takes place on the Chichester Canal at the basin end.


SUPolo Rules
SUPolo rules in brief
  • Two teams of 4 (maximum)
  • Two teams of 4 (maximum) in play at all times.
  • Each team can have substitute players which can be swapped at any time during play
  • Substitute players must be registered prior to the match
  • Each team is limited to a maximum of 8 substitute players
  • Only 4 Team boards in the water
Each team can only use 4 nominated i-SUP boards for any given game. Boards cannot be swapped once a game has started unless the player on the board is also being substituted.
  • Only 4 Team boards in play
Swapped players must either use the same board that the original player started the game on or if also changing boards, the original board must come out of the water before the new board is put into the water.
  • Swapping Players
Players can be swapped with “pre-registered reserve players” by the Team Coach at any time during the game and as many times as the team coach decides. Only “pre-advised reserve players” can enter the game. Play will not stop while players are being swapped, so speed is of the essence.
  • SUPolo area
Approximately 25m   x 20m
  • Ball  
18.5cm Diameter minimum weight 300g  –  water polo size 3
  • Two goals 
Inflatable or rigid and floating
Maximum size 2.5m x 1.5m  –  Minimum size 2.0m x 1.0m
  • SUPolo Paddles
 SUPolo Hatha paddles are provided
  • SUPolo Boards
 Any iSUP board, the more manoeuvrable the better
  • Time
5 minutes each way – (10 minutes total) .
The clock will stop after a goal has been scored and will restart on the Ref’s restart whistle.
Pay particular attention to rules 8, 9 and 11 below

Rules in detail:

  1. There will be 1 referee with whistle
  2. The referee’s decision will be final
  3. Ball to be played with paddle or head only
  4. No leashes to be worn
  5. Ball to be played only when standing on your SUP board or all body in the air
  6. No Paddle contact with opponent or opponent’s boards or opponents
  7. No Person to Person contact
  8. Board to board and paddle to paddle contact is allowed only when directly playing the ball or challenging for possession of the ball.
  9. Player must be “on their feet” on their own board on in the air to play the ball
  10. A goal is scored only if the ball crosses the goal line.
  11. No goals can be scored by players in their own half (apart from home goals)
  12. A penalty will be awarded against a player if they deliberately put the ball out of play and or deliberately fall on an opponent’s board to gain advantage
  13. Players must not put the ball out of play, to do so will be deemed a foul and could result in a penalty
  14. It will be deemed as a foul in a player in the water blocks or interferes with an opponent
  15. Paddles must not be raised above shoulder height unless playing the ball
  16. No traveling the ball on the board
  17. No handling of the ball
  18. Teams to change ends at half time
  19. To Start The game:
    1. Each player must have the tail of their board touching their own goal / base line to start the game or as directed by the referee
    2. The ball will be thrown to the centre of the pool by the ref to start the game or play on
  20. After a goal is scored, the ref will ask the teams to go back to their respective ends of the pitch and the ref can restart the game when there is a clear space of approximately 5 meters between the opposing teams or at the Ref’s discretion.
  21. If the ball goes out of play a replacement ball will be thrown back into the centre of the pool without delay by the Ref or a line ref to re-start the play
  22. If a player infringes one of the game rules, the Ref may direct that player into the Sin-Bin for a 60 second period
  23. Players may not use their hands to save a goal, If a player uses their hand to save a goal, the ref will award a penalty play
  24. Taking a Penalty:
    1. The team taking the penalty shot must appoint a single penalty shooter.
    2. The penalty shot must be taken from within the penalty takers half.
    3. The target goal will be an open goal with no goalkeeper.
    4. All players must be behind the penalty taker .
    5. The penalty shot must be taken the moment the referee sounds their whistle and the game will re-start immediately from the moment the penalty shot is taken whether a goal is scored or not.