Learn to Swim

A guide to the Learn to Swim Programme

Learn to Swim games - Horse Race

Horse race is a great game to improve a child’s mobility as part of the Learn to Swim stages.

How to play Horse Race

During the horse race, children move through the water on a noodle – either independently or assisted by an adult.

Children race across the pool to be the first to the other side or the first to collect a toy.

As they move through the water, they will work on their coordination, buoyancy, balance, and also improve their kicking technique.

Learn to Swim Horse Race video

Click or tap play below to watch a video explaining how to play Horse Race.

Explore the Swim England Learn to Swim companion

Want to know more about learning to swim with the Swim England Learn to Swim Stages? Use the links below:

  • Learn to Swim Stage 1-7 Awards – the Swim England Learn to Swim Stage 1-7 Awards are divided into progressive stages. They make up the core, national syllabus of learning to swim for primary school aged children.
  • The My Learn to Swim App – bring the fun of swimming lessons home and celebrate your children collecting their Awards. Unlock characters and stickers to use in this mobile and tablet app.
  • Disney Family Fun Sessions – join in the fun of a Disney-inspired swimming session, delivered by trained activators. Sessions are taking place throughout England, Scotland and Wales.
  • Find a pool – not sure where your local pool is or what facilities there are? Head to our Poolfinder to search for your local pool.