Before you begin. Be sure that the whale watch
is properly balanced, so no ends are touching. The group should be standing
off to the side.
Your group is the worthy crew of a commercial whale
watch ship. As deck hands, there job is simply to do what the captain
says, without tipping the boat.
- The first thing the group needs to do is line up in the very center
of the boat (above the fulcrum of the boat) and await their orders.
- Once the group lines up, apologize for not being clear on the instructions.
They must line up in the center by age. Or height. Or whatever you choose.
- Once the group has completed this task, advise them that they must
repor to their stations on either end of the ship. Divide the group
in half however you like.
- Once the group is separated on either end of the boat, apologize for
giving them the wrong stations. They must switch sides.
- When in place, you can give one side a bucket of water and tell them
that they must make a chain from one end of the boat to the other and
begin to bail out the extra water that has collected in the hull of
- Feel free to add you own challenges before having them exit the boat
- without capsizing it.
Some facilitiation tips:
- This is a great universal activity. It is very challenging and fun,
and participants with all levels of physical ability can be successful.
- You can blindfold folks, or make the group silent, to increase the
level of difficulty.
- If you have time, have the group sit and eat lunch on it.