Bowdoin Water Polo

About the Program
Bowdoin College Club Water Polo was founded in the early 1970s as recreational group and has since grown into a competitive member of the Collegiate Water Polo Association (CWPA). From 1999 to 2007 the Polar Bears competed in the CWPA New England conference; today they are members of the North Atlantic conference.

The Bowdoin Women's Water Polo team (fondly known as BoWoWaPo) has experienced immense success in recent years. In 2011, 2012, and again in 2014, the women were champions of the North Atlantic conference and qualified for CWPA Division III nationals. In 2015, they were conference runner-ups.

Bowdoin College Club Water Polo has a limitless roster and welcomes both experienced and novice players. We encourage anyone willing to learn and compete to join the team, though comfort in the water is a must. Anyone with interest in the team is encouraged to contact the team's staff adviser and pool director, Brad Burnham, at

(Students of all genders are welcome to play with the men's team during the Fall semester.)

Our Season
The women's water polo season begins in mid February (immediately following Women's Swimming and Diving NESCACs) and ends in mid April. Practices are every weekday from 4:30 to 6:00 pm at Bowdoin’s Greason Pool, adjacent to Farley Field House. There are three to four official weekend tournaments scheduled per season, as well as occasional scrimmages organized at the team’s discretion.

About the Game
Water polo is played with seven players (six field players and one goalkeeper). At the collegiate club level, each game is split into four seven-minute periods. Shots on the opposing team's goal must be taken every 35 seconds, or the ball changes possession and play restarts in the other direction.