Illustration of group participating on Whale Watch challenge course element

Whale Watch

Extremely fun & dynamic balancing group initiative.

  • Simple set-up
  • Promotes critical thinking
  • Inspires collaboration
  • Sharpens reflexes & focus
  • Multiple variations


Step-by-Step Instructions

Instructor Role

Participant Responsibilities

Practical Leadership Tips

Social-Emotional Learning

Health & Wellness Programming

Popular Variations

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Useful Framing Ideas

Reflection Tips & Strategies


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Comments (1)

  1. David Piang-Nee

    Really brilliant activity when done properly is so rich in how it can be debriefed. Love the conversations that can be opened up there.

    Concepts of how individuals in communities always have an effect on the whole group whether they believe it or not by just being there. Concepts of belonging and finding ones space, purpose or value.

    Looking at how one chooses to contribute (actually moving from one end to the other or, just tiny shifts or not contribute (sitting in one spot on the whale watch and not moving) still has an effect. How the tiniest of actions can have great effects or ramifications on the whole.

    By watching and listening to the conversations being had as the group figures this out opens up the conversations and concepts so much when you go back to reflect on it. So very powerful.

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