Swimming Pool Games   by Roy Burden

by Pool Builders on 04-26-2010 in Articles

Poor Man's Beach ball Volleyball
Outdoor, Big Room, or Pool. Use staff as the net (all lined up across the court with hands in the air) and play normal volleyball with a beach ball. Allow as many hits per side as needed and allow as many players as needed (your whole group, in other words).

River Crossing (Pool)
ONLY DO THIS if you have a pool wide enough that someone falling in CAN'T hit the edge! Play this with guys in the pool and girls on the side. Guys stand back to back as girls try to walk across their shoulders €" holding guys outstretched arms for balance €" to the opposite side of the pool without falling in.

If there are not enough guys to cross the pool, they have to slowly move from back to front of line in pool to form a €moving€ bridge. You can play two teams against each other or one group which is required to get all the girls to cross safely to complete game.

Safety Note: Pools by Design Woodlands your Woodlands Pool Builder wants you to be safe!!!

Have adults near edges of pool for safety as well.

The Point: Use this activity prior to a discussion with the guys about being gentlemen.

Swimming Pool Bowling
This is a fun swimming pool game that is great for groups of 6 to 20 students. All you need is some sort of flotation device (an inner tube, air mattress, or inflatable raft). Here's how you play.

Get everybody into the shallow end, about waist-deep water. Choose one person to be the €bowler€ and one person to be the €bowling ball.€ The rest of the groups are pins. The person who is the bowler helps but the person who's the bowling ball ONTO the raft/tube. The two of them stand about 8 feet away from the rest of the group.

The rest of the group (the pins) should cluster together and, when told to, do a synchronized handstand. (So, their heads are underwater, and their feet are sticking out of the water€¦thus making pins.)

At that point, the bowler pushes the raft/tube toward the pins. The bowler gets points for knocking the pins over. (If a pins' knees goes underwater, they are considered €knocked down.€)

Give everyone a turn and be safe.

NOTE: For safety, make sure that all €pins€ are far enough from the walls that when they get knocked over, they do not hit their legs.
Trash Bag Rafts
Give each group a certain number of the largest trash can bags you can find and some tape/rope etc. See who can build the strongest raft and then race across the width of the pool.

Water Ball
You can play this game like Dodge Ball or have wars using boxes as forts. Get a bunch of pool water balls (the kind that are super absorbent or use water balloons. Water balls save time and can be used over. Fill buckets with water and give each team a bunch of balls or one ball each. Keep them far enough apart that it won't hurt and tell them no head shots. When a player is hit, they are out.

Water Ballet
Give each team of 4-8 people a certain amount of time to perform a water ballet that involves EVERY team member. Play classical music through a boom box, if possible.

Water Frisbee
This game is played in water with as many people as you want. You will need a Frisbee and two laundry baskets for the goals.

Split your group into two teams. One side defends, and one tries to score. Toss a coin to see which team goes first. You will need someone positioned outside of the pool to retrieve the Frisbee as needed.

Once the scoring side is chosen, one person from their team throws the Frisbee from outside of the pool to a fellow team member. The thrower may then join their team in the pool. Once someone catches the Frisbee they have to hold it like they are a waiter. They can have NO grasp on the Frisbee! It must be resting on the tips of their fingers. They also can't swim once in possession of the Frisbee. They can only walk or pass it. The Frisbee can be thrown when passing. Repeat this until you score a goal by getting the Frisbee into your team's laundry basket. Then it's the next team's turn.

Waterbottle Underwater
A small group of kids stand in the shallow end of the pool, and is each given 1 bottle of water. They then have to take off the cap and stick the top of the bottle in their mouths. When you say GO, they go underwater and try to drink the whole bottle of water. The first person to drink their water and go to the surface wins!

Wet Sweatshirt Relay
Supply two teams with a large or extra large sweatshirt. Half of each team will go to the opposite end of the pool. At the whistle the first person of each team must put on the sweatshirt (over their bathing suit of course) and swim to the other side where their teammates are. Then they have to remove the sweatshirt and give it to the next person on their team. Teammates can help remove and put on the sweatshirt. First team who gets their whole team on the opposite side they started from wins.

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