Joining the Sydney Stingers

Water polo is a fast-paced, intense and exiting aquatic sport. With the Sydney Stingers, you'll swim, sprint, wrestle and improve your game technique in a supportive LGBTI-friendly environment.

If you're a current or former water polo player or competitive swimmer, we'd like to hear from you – even if you've had some time off.

Alternatively, you may want to just try something new and make a bunch of friends. That's cool too. Our developmental squad caters for those not yet ready to play competitively. However, you must be a strong swimmer as a prerequisite.



No matter your level of experience or interest, the best way to start is by joining our next boot camp. Boot camp is an intense 4 week introduction to the basics of water polo that anyone with a strong swimming background can join.

Our Spring 2017 boot camp runs for 4 sessions over 5 weeks, with the following dates:

  • Sat. August 26th:  9:30am - 11:00am
  • Sat. September 2nd:  No Session
  • Sat. September 9th:  9:30am - 11:00am
  • Sat. September 16th:  9:30am - 11:00am   
  • Sat. September 23rd:  9:30am - 11:00am    

Attendance at all sessions is preferred (but not mandatory) and costs a total of $50 person for the entire course, plus pool entry at $6.30 each week. If you cannot make these dates the next boot camp will be run in Autumn 2018.

Please Note: Whilst we aim to welcome as many new members to the club as possible, due to limited resources, we must advise that participation in the boot camp does not necessarily guarantee acceptance into the club.

Or if you want more information:


Being a Stinger is a perfect way to own who you are...
— Cam (Autumn 2014 Bootcamp, current member)
Training has got me in my best shape ever. 10/10 would recommend
— Dan (Spring 2015 Bootcamp, current member)
I love it all - and the eye candy is a plus!
— Kalin (Autumn 2015 Bootcamp, club supporter)
It’s been a great way to get fit and meet really nice people.
— Dean (Spring 2015 Bootcamp, current member)
A great introduction to water polo for those that have never played. Everyone can do it!
— Enrique (Spring 2015 Bootcamp, current member)
Everyone has been welcoming and boot camp was a non-threatening introduction to the game and people.
— Stephen (Spring 2015 Bootcamp, current member)






The Stingers have an annual membership fee covering both summer and winter seasons from 1 September to 31 August each year.

Membership fees cover costs incurred by the club including coaches, pool hire, new equipment and general running costs. Fees are subsided through active fundraising and sponsorship and present excellent value for money to members.

Membership fees for the 2016/2017 season have remained unchanged, offering the following options:

  • Affiliate membership - $350*: Affiliates train on Saturdays and are welcome to participate in all club activities (incl. mid-week swim training).
  • Full membership - $500*: Full Members train on Saturdays and are registered to play in the Water Polo NSW Metropolitan competition on Tuesday nights. Membership includes insurance cover through Water Polo Australia.

Players joining 'mid season' after our Autumn Bootcamp (April) will be charged a pro-rata fee of $175 and $250 for affiliate and full membership respectively.

* Fees above are correct as of September 2016 and are subject to change.