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Funny floating

Try not to laugh in this funny swimming game.

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You’ll need

  • Access to water suitable for swimming
  • Floats or inflatables

Get ready to float

  1. Everyone should have a float or an inflatable.
  2. Everyone should spread out in the water and use their float or inflatable to lie still and float on the surface. Try it out for 30 seconds to get used to floating.

Try not to laugh

  1. One person is the jester. They should stop floating and swim around the water.
  2. The jester’s objective is to do whatever they can to make the floating players laugh, without touching or splashing them.
  3. When a player laughs, they become a jester as well.
  4. The winner is the last person left floating when everyone else has become a jester.


This game was about being physically active and practising the skill of floating. Did you find it easy or difficult when you tried to float? Why might it be important to learn how to float?

This game was also about being happy and having a laugh. What made this game so funny? Which was your favourite part?


All activities must be safely managed. You must complete a thorough risk assessment and take appropriate steps to reduce risk. Use the safety checklist to help you plan and risk assess your activity. Always get approval for the activity, and have suitable supervision and an InTouch process.

Water games and activities

Be careful when doing activities with, in, or near water. Check surfaces and reduce the risk of slipping where possible. Make sure you have appropriate supervision for this activity.

Begin the game with more jesters to shorten the running time.

Spread players throughout the water by ability, so that less confident swimmers can still play from the shallows.

All Scout activities should be inclusive and accessible.