Turtle Game


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! 

For World Turtle this week, it was our tutor Kelly’s turn to share her top turtle-themed 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*
Balance your shell!

How to play

One swim has a float and puts one toy on top of it (any toy, or a sinker/object will work - a turtle even better!). The swimmer then floats on their back with the float and toy balanced on their stomach like a turtle shell. Their challenge is to get to the other side without the toy falling off the shell, or their shell falling off completely.

Other swimmers can do a variety of things, depending on skill level, space and creativity:

  • They can be big rocks in the water and block the turtle from their goal, but cannot move.
  • They can pretend to be other turtles and without using their hands, try and steal the toy and put it on top of their shell.
  • They can be sharks and after a head start, chase down the turtle, but can only tag their toes
  • They can create a current, or rapids by waving kickboards underwater or just at the surface to make it difficult for the turtle to get by without dropping the toy, or sinking under the waves.


"This is fantastic multiskilled game that can be used for a variety of themes and so many different skills. You can also play the game 3-4 times using the swimmer options as progressions. I can’t wait to try this out in the pool! This will developing your swimmers' balance, buoyancy, travel, coordination, aquatic breathing, agility, kicking, body position and dealing with water resistance, as well as problem solving, guided discovery and a fabulous way for the whole class to join in and develop social and communication skills. Brilliant!" - Kelly

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