Our Top 6 Christmas Games

If you’re heading to your local pool for a family swim this December, take a look at our top 6 Christmas games you can all enjoy!

6 – The Magic Frost Mirror Game

This game can be played by everyone. First, stand opposite to your swimmer and go under the water. One of you does an action and your partner has to try and copy it, just like you are looking in The Magic Frost Mirror. You can try pulling faces, swimming side to side, dipping underwater and lots more. Swap over after a couple of minutes and keep taking it in turns.

Tips when doing this:

  • Take a deep breath before going under the water;
  • Remember the swimmers will have smaller lungs than you - Ask them to let you know when they need air.

5 – Santa Says

'Santa says' can be a great way to help your children gain strength and improve their technique and confidence in the water. Give instructions such as 'Santa says do a handstand, or 'Santa says float on your back". Occasionally miss out the 'Santa says' part. If the children do the instructions when you've not said 'Santa says', they lose the game.

Tips when doing this:

  • Ask your swimmer to do skills such as floating like a snowball or float like a snowflake;
  • Look at your online account to see what your swimmer needs to work on and use this game to practice these areas.

4 – Floating Snowflakes

How long can you be a snowflake before you melt? Ask your swimmer to float flat on their back for as long as they can.

Tips when doing this:

  • Keep air in your lungs – ask the swimmers to take a deep breath to start;
  • Try to keep your swimmer’s face out of the water but ears in the water;
  • If your swimmer needs support, hold the back of their head and ask them to bring their feet near the surface.

3 - Down the Chimney

Use a woggle and woggle connector or a hoop to create a circle (chimney top). Your swimmer has to jump through the chimney top like Santa – but Santa has eaten lots of pies so he needs to tuck in tight (pencil position) to fit through without getting stuck!

Tips when doing this:

  • Toes to be over the edge before the jump;
  • Have swimmers place their arms over their ears in the pencil position;
  • Ask swimmers to go feet-first into the water.

2 – Santa and the Snowman (like Marco Polo)

This classic game is fun to play in a pair or in groups. One swimmer stands in the pool with their eyes closed – they are ‘it’. If they shout ‘Santa!’ all other players have to shout ‘Snowman!’. They then have to try and catch all of the other swimmers. If they catch you, you become ‘it’.

Tips when doing this:

  • Swimmers must move in the water by doing kick-only - try doing front crawl or butterfly kick;
  • When kicking ask the swimmers to keep their faces in the water and blow bubbles.

1 – Santa Present Rescue

Using toys in the pool (floating or sinking), tell your swimmer that some presents have fallen out of Santa’s sleigh and we need to save them. Place different toys around the area you are swimming in and ask the swimmers to get one toy at a time and bring it back.

Tips when doing this:

  • If you’re using sinking toys, encourage swimmers to use their arms and legs to get to the bottom while blowing big bubbles. For those who are a little weary, offer a hand close to them under water;
  • For floating toys, ask the swimmers to swim or kick to the toys. Ask them to keep their bodies high in the water.