Swimming Pool Games

Fun in the Sun: 5 Awesome Swimming Pool Games for the Whole Family

When you think about summer, what comes to your mind? Sandy beaches? Lounging by the pool?

Given that there are over 10 million residential pools in the United States, we are going to guess the latter.

Whether it’s sunbathing on a towel or taking swimming laps for some exercise, spending time around a pool provides something for everyone. Pools have been around for a long time and continue to bring friends and families together. 

Eager to bring some excitement to your summer days? Check out these five awesome swimming pool games that are fun for kids and adults alike! 

1. Octopus

Think a variation of Red Rover in water. Choose one person to be ‘it’ first. It doesn’t matter who, as if you play long enough, everyone will get a chance at starting as ‘it.’

This person will hang out in the middle of the pool.

The goal is for players to get across the pool without getting tagged. If they get tagged, they join hands with the ‘it’ person in the middle. As more and more people join, it becomes a long octopus-like arm!

Keep playing until one person is left outside the arm. They are the winners and can choose who starts the next round as ‘it.’

2. Chicken Fights

Chicken is a classic pool activity. This one is most popular with adults and older kids, but it can be fun for younger children to get up on their parents’ shoulders.

Pair up depending on everyone’s size. Bigger, stronger people are best suited for the bottom so they can sturdily hold someone else on their shoulders.

Then all you need to do is go after one another. Keep it age appropriate and friendly, but pushing and light hitting are encouraged too.

3. Whirlpool Swimming Pool Games

We’d be willing to bet you’ve done this at least once in your life. If you have a circle shaped pool, this will work best. Get everyone to walk around the edge in the same direction until the water is swirling around and around.

Once it gets going, hop on an innertube or just float on your back and relax!

4. Watch Out for Sharks

Similar to tag, Shark in the Pool is a great game to keep active. Choose someone to be the shark or ‘it,’ and then everyone else will try to avoid the shark.

In this game, you’re allowed to get in and out of the pool, but only for a few seconds. This will give the shark a fair chance at catching everyone.

5. Mermaid Races

One final pool game to play on a beautiful summer day is mermaid races. Or dolphin or any other aquatic creature you prefer.

Rules are simple, race one or two other people from one side of the pool to the other.

You can do it above or below water. How long can you hold your breath?

Grab the Sunscreen and Enjoy

Fun in the sun around a pool doesn’t have to just mean sunbathing. With these great swimming pool games, you will make memories that will last a lifetime.

Want to make sure the fun lasts with a clean pool? Please contact us to discuss ways to keep your pool sparkly clean!