Who doesn’t love playing kids games in the pool? Here’s some of our favourite games that will keep you and the kids occupied for hours! Ensure there’s an adult keeping a watchful eye out at all times to ensure swimmers safe and happy.


To begin the game, one player must be picked as the game’s searcher. This swimmer must close their eyes when surfacing from under the water, but, at the same time, he or she is allowed to open the eyes when under the water. The purpose of the game is to catch another swimmer when the other swimmer is out of the pool. When a player suspects another of being out of the pool, they exclaim: “Fish out of water!” Then, the swimmer who got caught must become the next searcher. The only exception that the swimmer won’t get caught is when he or she has one part of their body in the water.


This is a game that speaks for itself. Just have each swimmer race one another across the pool. You can make it more challenging by getting each player to try to get a ball from one side to the other without touching the ball, they will have to start again if they touch it.


We love the idea of drawing numbers on ping pong balls and have two teams trying to collect the highest ‘points’ by adding the totals of the balls. You can use Ping-Pong balls for other games as well. Ping Pong balls also float great so they are easy to see for game time.


A player, designated “it”, closes their eyes for a set number of seconds while opposing players disperse in the pool. “It” with eyes closed, then swims around the pool, attempting to tag the other players. “It” may detect the presence of others by feeling around with his or her limbs, or by sound, calling out “Marco!” The other players, regardless of their location, must respond, “Polo!” When the “It” player succeeds in tagging another player, the latter becomes It.


Choose a person to be “it”. They stand in the middle of the pool. Players line up on one side of the pool and try and swim to the other side without being tagged. The players who are tagged hold hands with “it” and for the next round all the players holding hands try and tag the swimmers as they try and make it to the other end of the pool. Keep going until all players have been tagged – then choose another “it” and start again.

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