Games & Icebreakers, Swimming Pool Games

Battleships and Submarines


Divide the group into two teams. Each team has a “base” against the wall of the pool, opposite each other. When the game starts, the battleship team comes off the wall and taunts the submarines into chasing them. The submarines push off when ready, swimming underwater and tries to touch/tag the battleships before the battleships reach base. If the sub is successful, the battleship switches sides (and the sub gets a free walk/swim back). If the sub is unsuccessful, the sub must swim back to its side. However, if the sub has to come up for air and the battleship splashes or tags the sub, then the submarine player switches sides! The point of the game is to try and get everyone on your team.

Have fun, but be safe!

Variation: For advanced swimmers and to make it harder, the battleships can grab the foot of the retreating sub, hoping to make them come up for air, but be careful, if the sub has enough air, they can turn around and touch the battleship, capturing them!

Idea by Lucy G.


Jonathan McKee

Jonathan McKee is the author of over twenty books including the brand new The Guy's Guide to FOUR BATTLES Every Young Man Must Face; The Teen’s Guide to Social Media & Mobile Devices; If I Had a Parenting Do Over; and the Amazon Best Seller - The Guy's Guide to God, Girls and the Phone in Your Pocket. He speaks to parents and leaders worldwide, all while providing free resources for youth workers on Jonathan, his wife Lori, and their three kids live in California.

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