The Sydney Stingers launched our first two womens' teams in April 2018, and we're looking for more new members to join us in the upcoming Sumer 2019/20 season. Whether you want to play competitively or just learn & train, we'd love to have you with us!

whAT MAKES the sydney stingers different?


We're a fun, friendly LGBTIQ-inclusive club that welcomes both new and experienced players. We aim to create a supportive and enjoyable environment while we train, play & challenge ourselves.


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.


What grades do you play?

We currently have three women’s teams in the Water Polo NSW Metropolitan Competition:

  • One team in the L4 grade – for experienced players with solid water polo skills and intermediate/advanced levels of fitness.

  • Two teams in the L5 grade – for beginners & those working to build their core water polo skills and improve their fitness.

Our team make-up for Summer 2019 is not yet finalised, but we expect that it will include at least two L5 teams (for beginner and intermediate players), and one or more L4, L3 and L1/L2 teams (for more experienced players).


Do I need prior experience?

No, but you need to be a strong swimmer. You should be able to swim at least 1km, and be able to tread water unassisted.


When and where do you play / train?

We train on Saturday mornings at Ryde Aquatic Leisure Centre. Training runs for 90 mins each session.

Games in the Summer 2019/20 season will be held on Wednesday evenings for L3 and below grades, and Saturday Afternoons for the L1/L2 grade. The season runs from mid-October through to late March. Match venues change from time to time, and usually include Ryde Aquatic Leisure Centre, Macquarie University, Auburn Aquatic Centre, MLC School and the University of Sydney.


what are the FEES & CHARGES for members?

You'll need to pay normal pool entry fees for games and training sessions. Members receive discounted pool entry for games and training at our home pool, Ryde Aquatic Leisure Centre. All other club membership expenses are covered by your membership fee - see below.



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.

Our Autumn 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

We'll also hold a number of social events throughout the program. The cost is $50 for the entire course or part thereof, plus pool entry fee of $6.40 each week. Attendance at all sessions is preferred (but not mandatory).

All sessions are held at our home pool, Ryde Aquatic Leisure Centre. There is no obligation to join the club at the end of the course, but we'll be glad to discuss membership with you if you're interested!


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contact our new recruits team

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






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 the 2017/2018 season have remained unchanged, offering the following options:

  • 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.

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