To the ship: run to the captain's right
To the island: run to the captain's left
Hit the deck: lay down on your stomach (or if players don't want to get dirty,
they can crouch down)
Attention on deck: salute and yell, "Aye, aye captain!" -- players may not
move now until the captain gives the order of, "At ease!" (i.e. even if the
captain gives a different order such as "to the ship" the crew must continue to
remain at attention until told "at ease")
Three men in a boat: the crew must form groups of three and sing "Row,
row, row your boat" Anybody who is not in a group of three is out.
The love boat: Crewmembers grab a partner and dance. Anybody without a
partner is out.
Clear the deck: everyone must have their feet up off the floor
Scrub the deck: everyone on their knees scrubbing
Captain's Quarters: everyone ran towards the captain.
Man-over-board: Players must find a partner as quickly as possible. One
partner must lie on their stomach while the other places their foot on their
partner's back. Children without a partner or pairs that are too slow are
A Periscope: Every player falls on their back and sticks one leg in the air.
The last ones are eliminated.
SHARK!!!!: Everyone must run to a designated base (multiple bases can be
used). The last player to the base is eliminated.
Crow's nest: All players must find a partner. The lightest player rides on their
partner's back. Those without partners or who assemble the crow's nest too
slowly are eliminated.
Three maids in a row: Children form groups of three and sit in a vertical row.
The players who are the odd-man-out are eliminated.
Sick turtle: Everyone falls onto their backs and waves hands and feet in the
Bow: Run to the front of the boat
Stern: Run to the back
Port: Run to the left side of the boat
Starboard: Run to the right side of the boat.
Row the Boat: Each player finds a partner, sits face-to-face, holds hands,
and pretends to row a boat. Players who can't find partners or who are too
slow are eliminated.