Race across the Lily Pad

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*

Race across the Lily Pad

How to play:

Use a large mat 'lily pad' in the middle of the pool, with you as teacher holding gently. Ask each child to individually push off the wall (preferably nice and streamlined!), swim to the 'lily pad', climb on, run across, jump off like a super springy frog and swim to the safety of the river bank.
You can get the whole class involved by having them splash the swimmer (like wind and rain), by being obstacles on route to and from the lily pad (floating logs, fish) or by 'shaking' the lily pad. Swap around and let then all have a go and even time them to see who is the fastest.

Make sure you have plenty of space for safety, are away from the walls/steps in the pool and the water is deep enough for jumping in.

"This is a simple but really fun game that just requires a bit of imagination to add the lily pad/river theme instead of plain old jumping off a mat. It develops travel and coordination, exit skills (climbing onto mat), jumping, balance and buoyancy and you can add lots of other skill development including streamlining to make it more challenging. It’s suitable for all abilities, even those wearing arm discs and easily deliverable to involve the whole class" - Kelly