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I've turned to this site for so many ideas and am finally making my first post.
Every so often I like to play some aquatic fitness games during my classes. They are a great way to mix things up and to get your class participants laughing.
One of my favorites is called "Clean Up Challenge" and I like to use the entire length of the pool for this one. The purpose of the game is to get as much equipment collected for your team as possible.
- Before class put as much equipment out as possible at the shallow end of the pool. I set out buoys, noodles and kick boards. If you are in a facility with little or no equipment you can collect water bottles over time and store them away for this game (They can be used as mini-buoys during class too!)
- Divide the class into teams of 3-5 people. Try to vary the fitness levels within the teams so that they are even.
- Have each team line up at the deep end of the pool. Stagger the start so that it doesn't get jammed up at the other end. Say "Go," and the first person in each line begins to jog to the other end of the pool. Count 5 seconds and signal for the second person to go, count 5 seconds and signal the third person to go, etc.
- I make them jog upright all the way to the shallow end, grab one piece of equipment at a time and then they take it to the other end of the pool and drop it off on the side of the pool in their team's lane. I let them choose however they want to travel when traveling back to the deep end. No throwing/passing. They must take their own equipment down to the other end.
- Each person continues to do this at their own pace. I usually put a 5 minute limit on the game and I tell them that I will count any piece of equipment that is in their hands when time is up. This keeps them trying hard until the end of the game.
- At the end of the game we count the equipment and the winning team has bragging rights until the next time we play.
My classes love this game and they really get their heart rates up racing back and forth.
If you want some more ideas, you can go to my blog: aqua-aerobics.blogspot.com
at 5:18 PM on Wednesday, December 22, 2010 EST.
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