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Swimming Pool Game Ideas



Looking for ways to entertain your adult friends at a pool party? Or want to add more family fun in the pool? Look no further. Summertime is the perfect opportunity to take advantage of your swimming pool. Not only can you cool off and escape the heat, but there are also plenty of fun activities that you can enjoy with friends and family. Here are ten swimming pool games for adults that you can explore with family and friends.




Swimming Pool Game Ideas



2. Tug of warTug of war is always a favorite swimming pool game for adults. This game can be played with any number of players, and all you need is a long, strong rope and an equal number of people on either side. On the count of three, everyone pulls as hard as they can until one team manages to pull the other team into the water. Players can increase their pull by using water motions like swimming.


4. Swimmer racingOf course, no list of popular swimming pool games for adults would be complete without swimmer racing. This is an excellent game for all ages and can be played with any number of players. To set up, create lanes using pool noodles or other markers and have each player race to the end of their lane and back. The first player to reach the finish line (or whoever completes the course in the shortest time) wins.


Just a quick note before we get started: For a lot of the pool games here, you can spend as much or as little as you want. I personally love the novelty of big, ridiculous floats, so I include many in this list. Pool noodles, on the other hand, are super cheap and are versatile enough to be used in the place of the big floats in many cases. So, get some ideas here and then adjust to your budget.


*Please adjust the games to fit the swim levels of the kids participating. Weak swimmers should wear a life jacket and kids should always have adult supervision in the pool. Adult spotters are recommended for games that require balance to keep kids at a safe distance from the edge of the pool. All pool games carry some risk and safety measures should be followed at all times.


These games are all meant to be played IN the pool. I know how nervous I get when there are a bunch of kids running around the deck of the pool (no matter how many times we tell them no running!) so the goal here is to keep the kids having fun inside the pool itself.


How to play: The object of the game is to move your beach ball to the other side of the pool using only your water squirter. Players are not allowed to use their hands to move the ball. The first player to reach the other side of the pool with the beach ball wins. Game can also be played as a relay race.


How to play: Players must move the watermelon to the other side of the pool using only their heads. Greasing the watermelon beforehand makes the game more challenging. The person to reach the other side in the least amount of time wins. This game can also be played as a relay race, with teams moving the watermelon back and forth across the pool.


Jump the NoodleThe only piece of equipment you will need for this cool pool game is a pool noodle. Appoint someone who can easily touch the bottom of the pool as the leader. Have the leader hold the noodle at a certain distance from either a diving board or the deep end of the pool. One by one have the kids attempt to jump over the noodle. After each child has cleared the first jump, move the noodle back (about a foot or so) and continue the process. Whoever can jump over the noodle at the farthest distance is the winner!


Donut Float RacePlayers sit in a donut float (aka pool ring) at one end of the pool. When a whistle is blown, the players have to start pedaling their feet and arms in the water to reach the other end. The winner of this pool game is the one who reaches the opposite end of the pool first!


Water TriathlonIn two teams, have the kids race back and forth between opposite sides of the pool by doing a number of wacky moves that will get them across to the other side. Some examples include doing somersaults under the water, swimming backwards, walking on their hands, or riding a pool noodle. This one can be a challenge, but will definitely shake up the traditional water relay into a full fledged pool party game.


Pool time is also a great way to get in some of that much-needed family time. Everyone loves swimming, so why not utilize the time to really engage with one another and play some family-friendly swimming pool games that will provide your family with hours upon hours of fun?


Get excited about these fun suggestions for family-friendly swimming pool games this summer! Not only do they encourage a ton of bonding and interaction, but they also allow everyone to participate as well.


While swimming in the pool can be a lot of fun on its own, why not spruce it up a bit by adding some of these fun pool game options? Challenging your children to a game sounds like a great way to spend those hot summer days!


In this twist on the classic game of freeze tag, players who are tagged have to stand up frozen with their arms in the air, like a popsicle. They can only be unfrozen by players who are swimming underwater.


This is a perfect game for swimmers who may not be ready to take off on their own. Pool noodle races allow for competitive laps around the pool for even the younger kids. Not only will they have a fun time, but they will really get those feet kicking.


The pool party games that you play will depend on the amount of guests who want to participate and also the length of your pool. Always make sure to choose games that can be played by everyone and accommodate all ages and abilities.


Instead of swimming each lap of the relay have the team member ride a pool noodle down the length of the pool. Each team member should hold on to the back of the pool noodle and kick to propel themselves forward.


Fun pool party games for adults are a great way to have some fun in the water while also being active. We hope you enjoyed these ideas and that they inspire you to get your friends together for an awesome time at your next pool party!


This one is simple and will allow parents to chill for a minute. Basically, toss a bunch of coins in the pool, call it Treasure, and have the kids dive for them. They keep what they find at the end, but you can do multiple rounds so the game lasts and lasts (and lasts!)


This is just like a classic game of freeze tag on land, but it requires swimmers to go underwater to unfreeze players. Someone is "it" and can tag players to freeze them. Once frozen, someone has to stand still in the pool like a popsicle. The only way to unfreeze a player is to swim underwater and touch one of their feet. (For added difficulty, you can require someone to actually swim underneath the player to unfreeze them).


Throw the "scrabble sponges" in the pool, then swim to collect all of the pieces. Both of my children are still learning to swim - so instead of making it a competition, we worked together to collect all of the pieces, or would take turns swimming out to grab a letter.


In addition to being a fun and active way to play with letters, this game provides an excellent way to improve stroke technique/efficiency (by having to reach for the letters) without seeming like "swimming instruction".


Let it be a birthday party or kiddie day, kids find happiness in water and small customized pools. Get some ping pong balls to add their happiness. This is one of the fun and active water games to play in the pool.


The game requires two players, duct tape, and at least twenty noodles. That means there will be ten pool noodles per player. Players can get more creative with their rafts if there are more noodles for them to use.


Sharks and Minnows is one of those classic swimming pool games that comes in many different forms. This version of Sharks and Minnows requires nothing but a swimming pool and a group of enthusiastic players.


This dance is sure to be a hit with the little girls. The boys might like it too! The kids can choreograph their own underwater dance. You only need the players and a swimming pool, but any decorative attire to enhance the dance.


Each player will need one beach ball or you could play this game as teams with each team given a beach ball. All players will be in the water at one end of the pool. They are to balance their bodies on top of the beach ball by hugging the beach ball. On go they are to race to the other side of the pool and then back while in this position. They cannot loose their balance or unlock their arms. The first player back to the starting point is the winner. The game takes great balance and leg strength and is wonderful exercise for a hot summer day. Make sure that all players know how to swim to play this game. To be played as a team relay, the next player in line will be waiting in the water to take the beach ball once it touches the wall. All the other players will be outside of the pool in a line. The first team done is the winner.


When teaching one-on-one swimming lessons with children, it is important to keep the kids engaged and the activities interactive. With short attention spans and lots to learn in only 30 minutes, it is important to keep the lesson fun and interesting. One of the best ways to do this is to turn the skills you are teaching them into a game! There are several games, tips, and tricks you can find if you search the internet, but here are a few that I have found to work really well. These water-fun games and activities are a great way to get your child to fall in love with swimming!


We hope you enjoy these pool games year after year. Parents, remember, the pool can be a dangerous place. Always supervise children while they are near the pool, and do not allow running on wet surfaces.


A swimming pool is a nice way to keep cool during summer and there are games that kids and adults can both enjoy at pool parties. Here are 10 of the most fun swimming pool games and activities to try the next time you have a braai or pool party; they are guaranteed to be enjoyed by everyone in and around the pool. 041b061a72


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