How to Make a Wipeout Course in Your Yard

Many of us have watched the humorous televised obstacle course Wipeout. Contestants compete against other each other to win the show and receive a cash prize. If you would love to do a fun round of Wipeout, why not create a course in your own backyard? Read of from step one for some guidance on doing so.


  1. 1
    Make trails that go along your obstacle course. You will need wood glue, pool noodles and boards of wood.
    • Cut the noodles to match the length of your boards.
    • Glue the foam pool noodles to the wood until the wood is completely covered. The trails must be even and safe so make sure to carefully place the noodles.
  2. 2
    Purchase or hire multiple inflatable (blow up) kid's pools. The must be inflatable and soft. If they are plastic, they can break or hurt people if they fall. Try to get as many as you can fit in your course.
  3. 3
    Buy fine, filtered soil from a garden store or builders merchant. If you cannot find fine soil in stores, take it from the ground and filter it with a filter on your own.
    • In some of the pools, put water. In other ones, put in the soil and some water to create mud. There should be more water than dirt to ensure that the mud is properly runny and slippery, just like in the show.
  4. 4
    Get red fitness balls. These are the classic big balls from Wipeout. Try to get the largest ones you can find.
    • At some point in your course, dig circular holes in the ground just a bit smaller then the circumference of the fitness balls.
    • Fit the balls in the holes until they are secure and won't move in the ground.
    • With the excess dirt, make a small wall around the rim of the balls to make their positioning a little more secure.
    • Line with soft items. Since this is on the ground, line the grass around the balls with thick, fluffy pillows or pools. This will keep the obstacle course safe.
  5. 5
    Set up the course. Have the trails leading in different directions and always put pillows or pools under and around the trail areas to keep it safe. Do the same when you set up the big balls.
    • Have start and end points. You can make a start and finish platform with a piece of cardboard and just write the words on it and put it at the start and end of the course.
    • Add some water. You can set up a sprinkler on the course to make it more fun. The whole point of this is to have a good time!
  6. 6
    Decide how to run the games. Obviously, the makeshift backyard obstacle course isn't as difficult or sophisticated as the TV one, but by making up all sorts of crazy rules that will be hard not to break, and having timed runs, you can create bedlam and have heaps of fun.
  7. 7
    Award prizes for the best performances on the night. Have everyone ham up the games by awarding a prize for the craziest antics and most entertaining falls.


  • Keep the course for young adults and adults only. Children may be hurt if they're doing obstacle courses with adults at the same time. If wished, you could create an easier, smaller version that the kids try out first, then go inside and watch a DVD while the adults play.

Things You'll Need

  • Pool noodles
  • Inflatable swimming pools
  • Red fitness balls
  • Filtered soil
  • Pillows and mattresses, soft items
  • Prizes

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Categories: Backyard Games