Summer is fast approaching, and that means it’s time to enjoy the warm temperatures with some fun pool games! Whether it’s in your backyard, a community centre or resort, a pool is the perfect playground for you and your family to stay active during those lazy summer days. To give you a head start in planning your perfect summer fun, AquaMobile brings you some of the most popular swimming pool activities the whole family can enjoy!

1. Marco Polo

What You Need: 3+ players Safety Rules: This game should be played in shallow water, especially when it involves children. Safety comes first! Game Rules: This classic favourite is like a game of hide and seek in the water. One player is ‘it’ or Marco, and he must close his eyes and find the other players. When the ‘it’ player yells ‘Marco!’ the other players must respond ‘Polo!’ giving the person who is ‘it’, an opportunity to try and locate them by sound. In the end, whoever is touched by Marco is the next person who is ‘it’.

2. Pool Volleyball

What You Need: A volleyball net, a volleyball, and 2+ players Safety Rules: Since this game is physically demanding, it is best played in the shallow end. Also, using a softer ball (like a beach ball) is recommended if you are playing with children 10 or under. Game Rules: Each team can have up to 6 players, depending on the size of the pool. This is just like any volleyball game on dry land. Whether you play for points or not, keep in mind the most important thing is to have fun!

3. Diving for Treasure

What You Need: Items that will sink in the water, but are not too heavy Safety Rules: This game involves diving underwater so adult supervision is required at all times to ensure your children’s safety. This game is recommended for children that have a good swimming ability and can hold their breath under water. Game Rules: This game can be played individually or in a team. Place several objects at the bottom of your pool. Players are timed using a stopwatch as they each dive underwater to retrieve the items. Whichever player/team retrieves the most objects when time is up wins!

4. Water Races

What You Need: Water noodles, water wings, body board, or any other flotation device Safety Rules: This game requires getting from one end of the pool to the other, crossing from shallow to deep water. Adult supervision is needed at all times. Game Rules: Using any of the above floatation devices, have a race in your pool. You can pick any swimming style, and engage in a little friendly competition.

5. Piranha Ball

What You Need: A beach ball Safety Rules: Stay in shallow water to make moving around easier for your kids Game Rules: All players stand in a circle holding hands. The beach ball will be released inside the circle. The goal of each player is to avoid getting touched by the ball. If one player comes in contact with the ball, he or she is out.

AquaMobile Tips & Recommendations:

To encourage a safe and positive swim environment while playing pool games:
  • Always have an adult dedicated to watching from out of the water
  • Allow everyone to have a chance to play
  • Encourage proper swimming skills & techniques into the games.

Do you have any suggestions of games that you enjoy playing with your family? We’d love you to share your favorite games in the comments below!