Fishing Boat 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!
This week, it was our Kelly’s 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*
'Fishing boat' submitted by Meg, 17 - Level 1 Assistant Teacher at Royal Wootton Bassett Otters Swimming Club
How to Play
You will need five noodles and as many fun toys (ideally animals) as possible. Tie two noodles in a knot and feed the end of three straight noodles through the hole in one knot and the other ends through the 2nd knot. This creates a 'fishing' boat that can float on the water.
Throw out a variety of toys, fish or animal shaped floats across your pool space and allow the class to travel around collecting them one at a time, placing them into the fishing boat.
Depending on your swimmers' ability, you can vary both the equipment and have 'submerged' animals/fish (sinkers), or the method of travel allowed, i.e hopping, jumping, front paddle, simultaneous action.
What skills are they learning?
Travel and coordination, buoyancy and balance, aquatic breathing and horizontal rotation if collecting submerged objects, lateral rotation/agility when turning around to travel back and forth. Developing speed as they race each other to collect
"This game is ideal for young stages and can be adapted to integrate simultaneous and alternating travel. You can give the swimmers buoyancy aids if needed and easily deliver in deep water. If you don't have noodles, you could adapt and use a large mat. Remember, young children have vivid imaginations so even if you don't have toys, they can 'pretend' the floats/balls and basic equipment are fish/animals. It's a great opportunity to get all your swimmers moving and being active which is so important for skill development but also for exercise and health." - Kelly