You will need
Before you begin
- Print and cut out the images from ‘Watersports names and equipment’.
- Invite helpers with experience of watersports to assist.
- The person leading the activity should separate everyone into small groups of four or five and give each team a set of equipment cards and one water activity slip.
- Each group has five minutes to decide what equipment they do and don’t need for the activity. For an added challenge, they could sort the equipment into essential, optional and not-needed.
- The person leading the activity should hand out another water activity card so the groups can sort the equipment again.
- Repeat until each group has talked about equipment for at least four different activities.
This activity helped everyone to recognise the need for safety equipment when they’re taking part in water activities. They should be able to name each piece of equipment and say what it’s for. Were any items needed for all the activities? What advice does everyone have for a person about to start a water activity or sport who doesn’t understand the need for safety kit?
This activity also required everyone to work in teams. Everyone should talk about how they came to their decisions and congratulate each other for working so well together.
Supervise young people appropriately when they’re using scissors. Store all sharp objects securely, out of the reach of young people.