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Lap Swim:

Mon, Wed, Fri: 6:00 a.m.- 8:00 a.m.
Mon-Fri: 11:00 a.m.- 2:00 p.m.
Saturday: 9:00 a.m.- 12:00 p.m.

Open Swim Hours:

Tuesday-Thursday: 5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Saturday: 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.




Campus Recreation presents Canoe Battleship. Object of the game is simple; sink the other canoes before yours goes under. So grab some friends who are not afraid to get wet, gather your buckets, and let the sinking commence!

Battleship Game Rules


  • Participants must be a currently enrolled Northern Illinois University fee-paying student or a Campus Recreation (CR) member.
  • Participants must present a valid NIU OneCard or current CR Membership ID/Pool Pass at Check-In.
  • Roster changes may be made 30 minutes before the first game.
  • Rosters changes may not be made after the first game begins.
  • Please be aware that this event will be held in Gabel Hall Pool, and those who are not strong swimmers should be aware that the event takes place in deep water.
  • Team rosters must have a minimum of 4 players and a maximum of 6 players.
  • In the event that a player is disqualified or unable to participate, that team can use a substitute player.
  • At no time may a team participate with less than 4 players in a canoe.


  • Swimsuits are REQUIRED for participation.
  • Males: swim style trunks.
  • Females: appropriate style suit; 1 piece suits or non-stringed bikinis are recommended
  • Gym shorts, jeans, sweat pants, etc. are not allowed
  • Players may wear a t-shirt if desired.
  • Swim shoes or aqua socks are allowed and encouraged.
  • Tennis shoes, boots, gym socks, etc. are not allowed.
  • Goggles are suggested, but not mandatory.
  • Avoid wearing anything you do not wish to lose or ruin.
  • No hats or jewelry! (exception: medical bracelets may be worn, but must be covered)


  • Each player is to provide his/her own plastic bucket (may not exceed 5 gallons) for use inside the canoe. (A bucket is anything that can hold water).
  • The team may provide one shield that is allowed in the canoe. Shape, size, and material of the shield may be decided by the team.
  • Shields are not to have metal, sharp/pointed edges or be made of any material that will fall apart in the pool.
  • Shields must either be plastic or rubber.
  • Shields MUST be handheld and may not be laid over the top of the canoe. Tarps are not permitted. Be creative.
  • Canoes will be provided.
  • Life jackets are mandatory and will be provided.

Game Play:

The game will be played in separate heats (number of heats determined by number of teams). Depending on the number of teams, the top 1 or 2 teams from each heat will make the finals. The team substitute(s) can stand on the side of the pool and splash water into opponent’s boats with a bucket.

Game Objective:

Each team will use their buckets to scoop water and toss the water into their opponents' canoes. The last canoe floating wins their heat. In order to maneuver around the pool, team members can use their hands, buckets and shields. Team members may not push off the pool sides or other boats. No paddles are allowed. Team members can only sit or kneel on the bottom of the canoe. No standing, crouching or sitting on the cross bar!

Game Time:
Each heat will be 20 minutes long. If there is no declared winner(s) at the end of regulation, there will be 5 minutes of overtime. If more than 1 or 2 teams still remain at the end of the 5 minute overtime, game officials will measure the amount of water in each team's boat (with players in the canoe). Whoever has the least amount of water inside their canoe wins.


  • Only 1 substitute from each team will be allowed into the “Ground Attack” area. This area will be designated and players must stay within the boundaries.
  • Players must stand on the side; sitting is not allowed.
  • Players may fill their bucket and throw water into opposing canoes.
  • Players may not interfere with or assist any canoe.
  • If a team has more than 1 substitute, they must stay out of the “Ground Attack” area and may not assist or interfere with canoes.
  • Any substitute that violates the rules will be disqualified for the rest of the game. The “Ground Attack” position may not be replaced.

Sunk Canoe:

  • Once a canoe has been sunk (submerged, players unable to stay in, etc.) play will be stopped.
  • The canoe will be returned to the exiting area by the players/lifeguards and players will exit the pool.


    • Team that is bailing water from their own canoe.
    • Team must dump two buckets of water into their canoe.
    • Team that continues to throw water after the round has ended.
    • Team must fill one full bucket and dump it in their canoe.
    • Team member jumps out of the boat at any time during game play.
    • Team will be disqualified.
    • Team member that is standing/crouching or sitting on the cross bar in the canoe.
    • Team is not allowed to use their shield for 2 minutes.
    • Touching or interfering with another canoe or an opposing player.
    • Team member is disqualified. Disqualified member may be replaced by substitute player.
    • Illegal use of pool side (pushing off, holding onto, etc.).
    • Team cannot use their buckets or shield for 1 minute.


  • If a disqualifying event occurs, all play will stop.
  • Teams or individuals who are disqualified must immediately exit the pool at the loading zone.
  • A disqualified player must sit in the bleachers.
  • A disqualified player may be replaced with an eligible substitute if the team has one.


  • All injuries should be reported immediately to a lifeguard.
  • If a player should become injured or is unable to continue, all play will be stopped so the player may exit the canoe. A qualified substitute may replace the injured player in the canoe.

Please use good sportsmanship and have fun!!

*Note: Lifeguards have the final say in all matters concerning starting/stoppage of play, disqualifications, equipment, sportsmanship, etc.