February 27th, 2017
It’s not summer yet, but in South Florida swim season is pretty much here. It’s the time to start heading out to the pool with the whole family for a swim. Sure, you can relax on the deck while your kids splash around, but don’t be that mom! Participate in some fun family swimming pool games.
If youâ€™re looking for some fun family swimmingÂ pool games that the whole family can play, weâ€™re here to help. These games are safe and fun for everyone from kidsÂ all the way up to grandma and grandpa. Each can beÂ easily modified to the swimming skill of those playing.
A classic pool game akin to the on-land â€œtagâ€ game, sharks and minnows is perfect for the whole family, whether youâ€™re an expert swimmer or still in floaties. In sharks and minnows, one person is picked to be the â€œshark.â€ That person is â€œitâ€ and stands in the middle of the pool. Everyone else — the â€œminnowsâ€ — form a line at one end of the pool facing the shark. To start the game, the shark yells â€œfishy, fishy, cross my ocean,â€ prompting the minnows to jump in and try to make it to the other side.
As the minnows are swimming across the pool, the shark can yell â€œShark attack!â€ at any point to start tagging players. When the shark yells â€œShark attack!â€ all the minnows try to make it to the other side of the pool without being tagged. If they are tagged, they become sharks for the next round. The minnows that make it to the other side wait there until the next round begins with a call of â€œfishy, fishy, cross my ocean.â€ Keep playing until thereâ€™s only one minnow left, who becomes the winner!
For fun challenges, add pool floats to the water as obstacles or make your shark blind if theyâ€™re a more advanced swimmer than the minnows.
The rules to Marco Polo are relatively simple, making it a commonly heard in swimming pools all summer long. You need at least two people for Marco Polo, but the more the merrier. One person is designated as â€œMarcoâ€ and must close his or her eyes. Marco then tries to tag the other people in the pool. To locate them, Marco simply yells out â€œMarco!â€ and everyone else must reply with â€œPolo!â€ The first person to be tagged is the new Marco.
Water polo is perhaps best described as water soccer or water basketball. It requires two teams, a goal at either end of the pool, and a ball. Team members try to pass the ball to their teammates to get it across the length of the pool and score in the opposing teamâ€™s goal. The teams typically have seven members — six divided between attacking and defending with one goalkeeper — but you can play with fewer people if your family isnâ€™t quite that big. With official water polo rules, everyone except the goalkeepers can only touch the ball with one hand, but if your players arenâ€™t experienced polo players, you can adjust the rules accordingly.