MONTREAL – AquaMermaid, underwater rugby and dodgebow – unconventional sports are picking up steam as Canadians search for new and fun ways to stay active.
In a recent poll by ParticipACTION, only 17 per cent of Quebecers said they’ve tried a ‘weird sport,’ but over 60 per cent said they would give it a shot – making Quebec the most likely province in the country to try a something new.
“People are starting to recognize that there is no right way to be active,” said Allana LeBlanc, ParticipACTION’s physical activity expert and exercise physiologist.
“To get the 150 heart-pumping minutes of physical activity you need each week, you don’t need to jog or go to gym…there are so many creative and fun ways to get the movement you need.”
Take a look at these five unusual Montreal-based sports and let us know which one you would try:
Watch out Ariel, Montreal is coming for you!
Equipment: swimsuit and tail
Price: $60 for a 1 hour trial class (tail rental included)
Skill-level: students must know how to swim
For more information, check out the AquaSirène website.
With so many ways to play the game, anyone looking watching these soccer players really would think it’s all bubble madness.
Equipment: huge transparent bubble that protects from head to knee, soccer ball, cones and bibs are provided
Price: $300 for 1 hour, with 10 bubbles
Skill-level: minimum age is seven-years-old
Check out the Bubble Madness website for more information.
Have you ever had to choose between golfing and ultimate frisbee? Well, problem solved!
Price: varies depending on tournaments and locations
Check out the Association Disc Golf Montreal website for more information.
Underwater Rugby Montreal
Don’t forget your goggles – underwater rugby is all about high intensity – but without the grass burns.
Equipment: a mask, a pair of fins, a snorkel, a pair of water polo caps (a dark/blue one and a white one) and a swimsuit
Price: first four training sessions are free
Skill-level: try and see if you feel comfortable
Check out the CAMO Underwater Rugby website for more information.
Equipment: bows and arrows, protective face mask, protective arm band, inflatable obstacles are all supplied on site
Price: $25 for a 1 hour session
Skill-level: everyone is welcome, aged 18 and over
Check out the Dodgebow website for more information.