Joining the Sydney Stingers

Water polo is a fast-paced and exiting aquatic sport. With the Sydney Stingers, you'll play & improve your game technique in a supportive, LGBTIQ-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 fine too – we have training-only options for those not yet ready to play competitively. However, you must already be a strong swimmer.



The best way to get into the Sydney Stingers is to attend one of our twice-yearly Water Polo Boot Camps.

Our next boot camp runs over three sessions this September, and is suitable for beginners who already have strong swimming skills. Experienced water polo players are also encouraged to participate as a skills refresher, and in order to get to know our club and your fellow new recruits.

The Spring 2019 boot camp will run over 3 sessions in September, with dates/times as follows:

  • Session 1 – Saturday Sept. 7, 10:00 to 1:00pm (incl. BBQ Lunch)

  • Session 2 – Saturday Sept. 14, 10:00am to 12:00pm

  • Session 3 – Saturday Sept. 21, 10:00 to 12:00pm

Attendance at all sessions is preferred (but not mandatory) and costs a total of $50 person for the entire course, plus pool entry at $6.40 each week. If you cannot make these dates, the next boot camp will be run in March-April 2020.



New to Water Polo?

If you've never played water polo before, our boot camp gives you a great introduction to the sport. Our friendly, qualified coaches & club volunteers will take you through all of the basic skills, and you'll get the chance to play a couple of real games.

If you have played before, you are invited to participate as a skills refresher, and to get to know our club and meet your fellow participants.

Swimming Level

You should already be a good/strong swimmer. As a guide, you should be able to swim at least 1km, and be able to swim 50m in under a minute.

Prior Experience?

Even if you've played before, boot camp is a great way to get to know our club and your fellow recruits.

We structure bootcamp as an introduction to the sport and our club, a refresher on rules and skills, and a skills assessment for players interested in competing in one of our teams. If you have prior experience, you may not need or want to come to all of the entry-level sessions. Let us know on our registration form that you have prior experience and we'll do a skills assessment on day 1, and give you options for continuing with a refresher of your skills at the subsequent sessions.

Gender Identity

Boot camp is a mixed-gender environment and people of any gender are very welcome to participate. Sydney Stingers aims to provide a welcoming and safe space for all, including transgender, gender-diverse (TGD) and intersex people. Feel free to contact our TGD Inclusion Officer at inclusion@sydneystingers.org.au if you have any queries.

Do I need to be Gay, Lesbian or LGBTIQ to join?

No, not at all - everyone is welcome. But please be aware that our club is an LGBTIQ-friendly environment.




contact our new recruits team

If you have questions or want to discuss other options for joining, you can email us at info@sydneystingers.org.au or chat with us on Facebook Messenger.


I’ve made a kickarse group of water polo friends and it’s an awesome sport for strength and fitness.
— Annie (Autumn 2018 Bootcamp, current member)
It’s been a great way to get fit and meet really nice people.
— Dean (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)
Training has got me in my best shape ever. 10/10 would recommend
— Dan (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 represent excellent value for money to members – we're cheaper than many of the other Sydney-based water polo clubs!

Membership fees for 2018/2019 are as follows:

  • Affiliate membership: $380 / year - Affiliates attend weekly training sessions and are welcome to participate in all club activities (incl. mid-week swim training).

  • Full membership: $500 / year - Full Members attend weekly training sessions, are welcome to participate in all club activities, and are registered to play in the Water Polo NSW Metropolitan competition. Membership includes insurance cover through Water Polo Australia.

Payment plans are available for those who have difficulty making the full payment up-front.

Fees quoted on this page are correct as of March 2019, and are subject to change.