When we were kids, it seemed like we naturally knew how to have fun in the pool. From diving down to the bottom to grab little toys to spirited and loud games of Marco Polo, we didn’t need encouragement to jump in and start playing some swimming pool games.
Now that we are adults, there’s no reason why we still can’t have a blast in our backyard pools. While floating on a raft and reading a book is certainly relaxing, returning to the days of our youth and playing in the water is also a lot of fun. The following pool games are ideal for adults who still kids at heart.
If there is one game that levels the playing field for players of all skills, it’s Volleyball. Play with a Beach Ball, Not a Volleyball, to slow down the action, and make it possible to still hold your favorite adult beverage in one hand! Our Inter-Fab Volleyball Game is professional tournament quality, and includes brass anchors for in-deck pole mounting, and stainless steel flanges for on-deck installation. A game of Volleyball (with a beach ball) isn’t intimidating, everyone can join the fun!
In this loud and lively game, one adult is assigned to be the jailer and hang out near one end of the pool. His or her job is to tag anyone who crosses from one side of the pool to the other. The other players have a certain amount of time, say 30 seconds or so, depending on how long the pool is to get across the pool and get past the jailer without being tagged. Anyone who is caught becomes a jailer, and you can keep on playing until there is only one swimmer left.
You know this one, take a long rope (not string), and stretch it across the deep end area.
Break up your players into teams of two (2), and position them on each side of the deep end, 5-10 feet from the edge. At “GO!”, each team pulls on the rope, with the goal of eventually, slowly, pulling the other team in the pool. The winner of the first round can take on a second team, and so on, until a champion team emerges. Keep it safe by playing in the deep end, with small teams of 1-2 players on each end of the rope. Caution the teams about making a safe water entry (without hitting their teammate), if they get pulled into the pool.
You know this one too, and it’s even better if you have a microphone (Karaoke, anyone?), to announce and judge the height of the splash. The judge should stand a distance away to best view the height and width of each cannonball splash. It helps to have a dark background (trees or roof) to more easily see the water droplets.
For safety, be sure to observe the weight limit of your diving board, which is usually 250 lbs. If your crowd skews heavy, make it a Belly Flop Contest, and have players leap from the edge of the pool, into the deep end.
Another classic pool game! Just be sure to keep away from the edge of the pool. Divide your players into teams of two, with one player sitting on the shoulders of their teammate. Chicken fights can be played with just two teams of two, or with larger group teams, for an all-out Pool Brawl.
Use off-deck judges to keep score and call fouls. No punching, biting or eye-poking allowed, and the person on the bottom cannot touch the other team players. A point is scored, or a winner declared, when the top person is pushed off into the water.
Pool Noodle Joust
Two players ride on an inflatable raft or mattress, while holding a pool noodle. In the middle of the pool, use the noodle to “joust” with your opponent and try to knock the other swimmer off their raft. Whoever wins can stay on the raft and go on to try to defeat the next swimmer. To keep this game as safe as possible, it’s important to keep the raft away from the edges of the pool.
Floating Golf Greens
Floating golf greens are great fun for both amateur and more experienced golfers. Just stand at the edge of the pool and use a club to chip the ball onto the realistic looking floating green. Depending on your skill level you can have the green close to the edge or floating way out in the deep end. If you are playing with friends, feel free to keep score and have a fun and friendly competition to see who can sink the ball with the fewest shots.
Getting adults into the pool can sometimes be a challenge, and it’s not a real pool party unless they get wet! Use these adult pool party ideas to give a little encouragement!
InTheSwim Staff Blogger