Swimming Game – Zoom around the moon


Zoom Around the Moon

Core Skill

This game helps swimmers practice their back float, side-glide, front glide or position 1 glide skills in a fun and engaging way.


This game is suitable for level 1 swimmers who are comfortable with being in the water and can follow simple instructions. The game requires one instructor and one or more swimmers.


In this game, the instructor pulls a swimmer in a supported back float “around the moon” which is around the swim instructor in a circle starting at the bench, twirling around the instructor, then back to the bench. This can also be done in a side-glide, front glide or position 1 glide where the swimmer lays on their side, face out of the water, arm pressed to their ear and the instructor pulls on their outstretched arm in position 1.


To play this game, the instructor should follow these steps:

  • Explain the game to the swimmers and demonstrate the skills they will practice.
  • Ask one swimmer to lie on their back or side on the water surface with their head resting on the instructor’s shoulder or arm. The instructor should support the swimmer’s back or hips with their hand.
  • Tell the swimmer to relax their body and look at the sky or the wall. Remind them to keep their mouth and nose above the water.
  • Start pulling the swimmer gently around yourself in a circular motion, making sure they maintain their position and balance. You can sing a song or make sound effects to make it more fun.
  • Encourage the swimmer to “be an astronaut and discover what is on the other side of the “moon.” (The instructor is the Moon).
  • After completing one circle, bring the swimmer back to the bench and praise them for their effort.
  • Repeat with another swimmer or switch to a different skill.

Difficulties instructors may face

Some possible difficulties that instructors may face when playing this game are:

  • The swimmer may be scared or nervous to lie on their back or side on the water. The instructor should reassure them and make them feel safe and comfortable. The instructor can also start by holding the swimmer closer to their body and gradually move them away as they gain confidence.
  • The swimmer may have trouble keeping their body straight and aligned on the water. The instructor should correct their posture and remind them to stretch their legs and arms. The instructor can also use cues such as “point your toes” or “reach for the stars” to help them.
  • The swimmer may lose their balance or roll over during the movement. The instructor should adjust their speed and direction accordingly and help the swimmer regain their position. The instructor can also use cues such as “look at me” or “keep your chin up” to help them.

Position 1:

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