|Purpose||National body for underwater hockey in the UK|
|Headquarters||VSS PO Box 28 Sanquhar DG4 6WW|
The BOA is an organisation based on individual members rather than on clubs. It is managed by a committee elected from the membership. It provides competition at national level and the opportunity to play internationally. It also provides coaching and refereeing courses for its members. In July 2013 the BOA entered in an affiliation agreement with the British Sub-Aqua Club (BSAC) in order to improve its recognition as a national governing body (NGB) and to access a range of services including checking services required by Child protection legislation.
The BOA was formed in 1976 to directly control and develop the sport. Prior to the creation of the BOA, underwater hockey competitions had been conducted since the 1950s under the auspices of the BSAC. In 1977 the BSAC in its role as the NGB for underwater activities (also called sub aqua) recognised the BOA as the controlling body for the sport in the UK.
BOA operates the following competitions - National Championships, Nautilus National League, Ladies National Championships, Junior National Championships and Student Nationals. Scottish and Welsh championships are conducted by regional groupings of BOA clubs in those countries.