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Sleepy Pirates 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 Graeme’s turn to share his Game of the Week. As a qualified RLSS Assessor delivering lifeguard courses and swim teacher rescue qualifications since 2013, experience operating a specialist pool for young people with complex disabilities, and now a Swim England Tutor, it’s no surprise that Graeme has a passion for all things swimming.

So, the big reveal. Graeme’s Game of the Week is… *cue drum roll*
Sleepy Pirates

How to play

Ask the children gather in a circle holding hands. When you say "Sleepy pirates", they have to lie backwards and float for 5 seconds (some snoring sounds go down a treat!). When you shout "Wakey wakey, pirates!", they must sit up to regain an upright position. If you wish, you can have them say "Aye aye, Captain" and salute you. Next, look for treasure - they must lie forwards and put their faces in the water for 5 seconds. If at any point you call "Shark attack!", they must swim to the side as fast as possible.

What skills are they learning?

Balance and buoyancy on front and back
Rotation and orientation when changing from flat to upright
Aquatic breathing when looking for treasure
Travel and coordination when racing away from the shark
Developing speed as they're chased by the shark

"This game is fun because it's themed and can be played in any order with plenty of repetition. Holding hands gives the younger swimmers more support. Remove the hand holding to adapt this game for stronger ability levels. And best of all... you get to make pirate sounds!"
- Graeme

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