Water Fitness Activities & Games

Instructor: Tara Schofield

Tara has a PhD in Marketing & Management

Water activities are fun and interactive and can be great exercise for your students. Adding variety to their water curriculum can provide more engagement. Use the suggestions in this lesson to add new activities for your students.

The Value of Water Fitness

Water fitness is a great way for kids to get exercise and have a fun time. It gives them a chance to relax, have free movement in water, and strengthen their muscles. Water fitness is equally beneficial for children with disabilities, as they can enjoy more free movement in the pool.

As a teacher, you have an opportunity to encourage children to try new activities and experiences. Use the lessons below to give your students a wider knowledge in physical education.

Fun and Interactive Games

Water sports and fitness should be designed to be fun, interactive, and safe. Some children may be very nervous or fearful of water activities. Be mindful of their anxiety as you create your lessons. Make sure you plan activities supporting each child's swimming level and water comfort. Offering life jackets or other water safety gear will help the kids feel safe and give them more confidence in the water.

Water Aerobics

Water aerobics can be a dynamic and engaging activity. It can involve high energy music, exciting dance moves, and aerobic activity. The key to water aerobics is teaching the kids the steps and putting a routine together that integrates those steps. Using music the kids are familiar with and like to listen to will help them be more enthusiastic about the fitness program. Water aerobics is one of the most effective ways to get kids to enjoy water fitness.

Water Running

The resistance of walking and running in water can create a great workout for kids. This activity is especially effective for kids who are nervous about being in deep water or are uncomfortable with water activities. Kids who are anxious can hold on to the end and stay in the shallow edge of the pool. Other kids who are more relaxed in the water can walk further from the edge.

Water Ball

You can create a game of kids running toward a beach ball or other large floating object. You can divide the kids into several groups and have them try to capture the ball. The receiving team can then throw the ball to the other end of the pool and both teams go after it. The team that retrieves the ball gets a point. The movement in the water can give kids a great work out and be a solid exercise plan.

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