I posted the question on HockeyNet back in March 2000 and these are the responses that I got.
Groton(USA) pays $40/hr which in my opinion is cheap for Connecticut. I've priced some pools several years ago and they all were more expensive than UB at the time.
In Vancouver, BC Canada we pay $50/hour at the university and $90/hour
at a public pool. They insist we have our own
insurance that costs us $1300 per year.
The Hawaii club pays about $25 an hour but we are affiliated with the
University of Hawaii where we play (which then
covers our insurance and lifeguard expenses). We share the pool with the Master's swim program in the evenings.
Open pool rental here is $40 to $60 per hour. Our rate at the
college is setup as a non-credit course, each player pays $35
per ten weeks for two hours one night a week. At least 10 players have to sign-up for class to make, includes lifeguard. The
other location allows us 2/3 of the pool for practice for 1.5 hours and each player that shows up pays $3 each with no
minimum. Texas A&M is $6 per player for up to six hours on Sundays, we get an entire pool surface (larger than normal
playing area), with an almost flat tile bottom. One of the best in the USA. Come see for yourself, nationals are in Texas this
We are looking at a new contract for $7.50/hr/lane. This includes lifeguard and ins.
In Denver we pay $65/hour, which includes lifeguard. We buy insurance
from USOA at $350/year (which also requires 12
paying USOA members - if you want to include that in the cost of insurance) We have to charge a lot for people to play
which makes it very difficult to recruit new players. Only the truly addicted are willing to pay so much...
that seems like a lot; Chicago pays between 50 and 75 dollars an hour.
I didn't see any public responses and didn't know if people were replying
to you directly or just keeping their deals to
themselves. In Los Angeles I've been looking for a pool and have been quoted anywhere from $50 - $130/hr, though that
usually includes the lifeguards and the pools usual insurance. The group needs it's own insurance (which LA doesn't have
yet) to protect it's own interests. Other cities where they play 5 times a week have been known to cut much sweeter deals
with their pools.
In LA, I've had the pleasure of using the unneeded space of a LARGE community college pool for free when a scuba shop
had it rented for instruction, a seasonal city pool who charged us a $1 a head, to our current arrangement. It is basically $50
a night; however since our group is so small (4-6 on any given night), individuals pay the monthly lap swim fee of $35
which entitles them to swim at this college pool 6 days a week during lap swim hours. We play one night a week there
currently durring the lap swim time, which makes the cost about $7.50 per night. We hope to
go to the flat $50/night rate in the summer when we attract enough people to make it less than our current deal.
Try to get a pool interested in underwater hockey so that they
might sponsor it and just charge each person a couple of
bucks to play. Schools may be interested and in exchange for "teaching" students how to play and helping get a school
team started, you and your group might ending up playing for free. I am always interested in that route. It helps keep
costs down and may help start something better for everyone. Could somebody send him the name of the article in one of the
recreation magazines? He could show it to pool managers. West Palm Beach, Florida
Our pool charges $40 for an hour which includes lifeguard and insurance.
For drop-in fees, it's $3.00 per person and they
can stay after hockey and swim laps or use the weight room or racquet ball courts. I think ours is cheapish because we're in
a small town. Good luck. -an Alaskan university
in Houston we pay $30 per night for our Monday pool, $40 per night for
our Thursday pool (both for a 1.5 hour usage) and
$6 per person per play for access to the Texas A&M pool in College Station where we will hold Nationals. For the Monday
pool the costs essentially cover the mandatory lifeguard. For the Thursday pool the costs are real pool costs. Both Monday
and Thursday Pools are outdoor pool with some water heating during the "winter" season.
The Texas A&M pool is air-conditioned indoors.