Even more pool games for you and your kids this summer

Even more pool games for you and your kids this summer

If you have kids on the Gold Coast, you have an idea how much they love the water, and love having fun and playing games. If you are lucky enough to have a backyard pool, then you would be used to them enjoying games all summer long. However, while kids are having a blast, you are going to need to ensure that they are playing safe, and are keeping in mind that pools can still be an unsafe area to play a game. Keeping that in mind, the team at Absolut wanted to share some of our favourite pool games from when we were kids, and some safety and security tips to help make sure that your kids can have fun, while embracing pool safety.
Marco Polo
The time-honored ‘water tag’ game which many of you would know. One player is chosen as ‘it’ and has to swim in the pool to tag the others. The tough part is that the ‘it’ player is blindfolded. To help find the other players ‘it’ yells out ‘marco’ and everyone else answers back with ‘polo’. This helps the ‘it’ player to discover where everyone else is and tag them. Once everybody is tagged you select a new ‘it’ (generally the very first or last person tagged) and then you play once again.
Bottle Search/ Get the bottle.
This game is about searching for a container in the pool, and getting it first– sounds easy, but it can easily hide and when you are in a hurry it becomes more of a rush.
You play this activity by first locating a plastic bottle– certainly never have glass near the pool– and you then fill this with water to ensure that it sinks. Everyone who wishes to play then lines up in the swimming pool on the side and faces away from the water. When ready, throw the bottle into the swimming pool.
Once players hear the splash from the water they have to push away from the wall and try to find the bottle which is now sinking, and tough to see.
For added difficulty, make sure there are no labels or colours on the bottle that can make it easier to find.
For safety, we highly recommend that players start inside the pool area and turn around to find the bottle– some others may play a ‘dive-into-the-pool’ version, which can cause injury if there is water around the edge or if players get too excited.
The best part of these games is that while they are fun, they are also safe. If there is one note that Absolut wants to keep reinforcing it is that your pool is only fun, beautiful and relaxing if you have made it a safe place. One way to do this is undoubtedly to install a quality Gold Coast Glass Pool Fence– and feel free to call us on 1300 937 902 if you want to talk more about this. But ultimately pool safety is about having children (and adults) learn about safety, and make sure that they play safe around the pool.

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