Duck Pond Push


At Becky Adlington Training, we're proud to have the most dynamic, engaging, passionate tutors in the industry leading our courses. We know how rewarding teaching the next generation of swimmers can be - and the best way to do this is through fun! 

This week, our tutor Kelly wanted turn to share her Game of the Week. With a career in swimming spanning almost two decades, including 2 years as a lead teacher at the University of Wales, 2 years as a Swimming Development Officer for Newport City Council, an Ofsted Grade 1 National Training provider, and a qualified Swim England Tutor since 2007, it’s no surprise that Kelly has a passion for all things swimming. 
 
So, the big reveal. Kelly’s Game of the Week is… *cue drum roll*
 
Duck Pond Push
 
How to play
 
Swimmers line up along the side of the pool (in the water, backs to the wall) and have a rubber duck each. The goal is to get the rubber duck across the pool using only their nose or breaths of air to push the duck forward. The swimmers cannot hold onto the duck in any other way, or touch it with any other body part, noses only!
 
Swimmers can divert their opponents ducks off course by splashing water (at the swimmer or the duck) but cannot touch them.
 
The first player to get across the pond and safely to the other side wins!
 

"This is a simple but effective game that can be adapted for any ‘animal’ or toy you have available. It can be adapted for less able swimmers in shallow water with buoyancy aids, or deeper water (using treading water) for higher stages. It’s a great way to encourage water confidence and getting their faces into/close to the water and starting to develop the essential aquatic breathing skills needed. If you don’t have enough ducks for the whole class, take it in turns with the other swimmers for example being ‘frogs’ and doing breaststroke around the pool to distract the ducks" - Kelly

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