Teambuilding

Introducation

Not only do we provide quality water-based activities to stimulate and challenge your students; we also offer a range of land-based games and activities specifically designed to encourage good teamwork and communication skills.  From simple icebreakers and competitive team games to more complex cooperative tasks, we tailor what we offer to the needs of your group.  Supplement a watersports activity program with some shore-based activities to ensure a more productive time afloat, or let us design a full- or half-day program of team building that targets exactly what you feel your group requires.

Below is a small sample of the range of activities we have on offer, and how we think your students can benefit from them.

Icebreakers

Handcuffs
How it works: students get into pairs.  Each pair is put in rope ‘handcuffs’, one set looped through the other, and told that they must work out a way of disentangling themselves without untying the knots or cutting the ropes.  If no one guesses the solution, the instructors will demonstrate.

What students gain: working together one-on-one; overcoming shyness

Competitive Team Games

Gutterball

How it works: students form two or more teams.  Each student is handed a half-piece of plastic guttering, and told that between them the team must transport a ball from the start to the finish line using only the guttering.  If the ball hits the ground, or if a student touches the ball, the team must return to the start and try again.  For extra challenge, balls are replaced with eggs.

What students gain: hand-eye coordination; teamwork under pressure; the importance of each team member playing their part

Cooperative Team Games

The Big Sit
How it works: students form a circle, then turn to face the back of the student beside them.  They must all sit on the lap of the person behind them – if one person falls, the whole group goes with them!

What student’s gain: importance of the group as a whole working together; “no ‘I’ in ‘team”

Team Challenges

Raft-building
How it works: students are divided into teams, and each team is given a selection of equipment (barrels, ropes, planks) from which to construct a raft.  Guided by our instructors, they must work together against the clock to construct something seaworthy; once the time is up, they will pit their paddling skills against the other teams, racing their raft out to a buoy and then back to the beach.  Prizes given for first place and best design (chosen by the group).

What student’s gain: problem solving in a group; communication and negotiation skills; competitive spirit.