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5 Great Swimming Pool Games for all ages


 



Pool Loops | Dolphins in the drink | Volleypool | Popperloon | Keep it up

Buddy Watch

Before you start playing any of these games, divide up into buddies. Safety is most important especially when we are having fun and exerting ourselves in the water.

The moment you lose sight of your buddy stop the game

Keep It Up

A game for two teams of any equal number of players. You will need a balloon (loads of them, actually, just in case your local magpie wants to play and busts the balloon), a referee and lots of energy.Players set themselves out strategically within the boundaries of the pool and the referee throws the balloon toward the center of the pool to start the play.The first team to contact the balloon, by punching or hitting it becomes the attack team for that particular play and the other team their opposition.

The attack team must keep the balloon in the air by hitting or punching it to a team member.

Players cannot hold the balloon.The opposition team must try and hit the balloon down onto the water or out of the pool to finish the play.The referee will count the number of times the Balloon is hit to keep it in the air and that number is the score for that play.Play is restarted the same as the first play and players can continue for a set time, a set number plays or until everyone is too tired to continue.

For safety reasons I would suggest that the game be divided up into four quarters of a given time and that players rest in between.


A game for two teams of any equal number of players. You will need loads of balloons a referee, lots of energy, four scrunchies and four thumb tacks.A team consists of a number of pool players and one popper. The poppers sit on the edge of the pool in the center at opposite ends. Each popper puts the thumbtacks through the scrunchies, two each, and pulls the scrunchy over each hand with the thumbtack at about the center of the palm.

A balloon is introduced into the center of the pool by the referee.

The opposing teams, by hitting, punching or swimming with it loosely in front, attempt to get the balloon close to their own popper who has to pop it with his/her scrunchy to score a point for their team. The winning team is that one who pops the most balloons.Play is restarted the same as the first play and players can continue for a set time, a set number plays or until everyone is too tired to continue or you run out of balloons.

For safety reasons I would suggest that the game be divided up into four quarters of a given time and that players rest in between.


Dolphins in the drink

So you think dolphins have an easy life, do you ?Dolphins in the Drink is a racing game using one's nose to move a balloon from one end (or side) of the pool to another.In the singles version contestants line up against the back wall of the pool with a balloon in front of them.

On the order to GO they must swim, with their hands by their sides (or they can dog paddle if that is easier) and move the balloon with their noses to the other end.

The first swimmer to touch the opposite wall with the balloon wins.Dolphins Relay: The same as singles except that the balloon must be delivered to a point just in front of the next team member at the other end of the pool.That team member then swims it back to the other end in the same manner.

Don't forget to adjust the number of laps and the length of each lap to the abilities of the swimmers. Be safe and there can be no losers.


Pool Loops

Whoops, more balloons. In this weird team game each team of however many players you desire, though at least six would be best, lines up one behind the other and facing the same way.

It's a bit like tunnel ball, I guess, but heaps more fun because the balloon if far less predictable than a ball.

On the command GO the player at the head of each line must pass the balloon to the next in line by passing it through his/her (the passer's) legs.

When the balloon reaches the last player that player swims to the front and passes it back with the winning team being the first to return the original player to the head of the line.


Volleypool

Divide the length of the pool into two by setting up a garden hose or string across at the height of the top of the pool.Be sure when setting up the center line that it is done safely and that it's anchors can't fly up and bong someone on the head.You will need two equal teams, a good supply of balloons and a referee.Set up the teams in opposite halves of the pool and decide which team is to serve first.

The balloon is served from the very back of the pool and the serving team has to get the balloon across the centre line without it touching the water on their side.

If the first service fails the team may have another.The aim is to keep the balloon in the air on your side of the centre line and in the water on your opponents side.A team which drops the balloon or hits it out of the pool loses a point.The team winning the point is the next team to serve.For safety reasons I would suggest that the game be divided up into four quarters of a given time and that players rest in between.

The team losing the least points in the allotted time wins.

Pool Loops | Dolphins in the drink | Volleypool | Popperloon | Keep It Up


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