There is an “old school” way of teaching swimming lessons that involves throwing kids in the water, and telling them to hold their breath and kick their feet.
And, there is a new way of thinking that uses swimming pool games for swimming lessons and encourages kids to have fun in the water.
Swimming lessons can be a positive, even enjoyable, experience when the swim instructors are patient and creative with their teaching.
Whether you are a parent teaching your own children, or a certified instructor, the secret to successful swim lessons is letting the kids play fun swimming games that will develop their love for the water.
Age-appropriate games and water toys can help new swimmers learn basic swim and water safety skills that will lead to a lifetime of fun and fitness.
This game is one of the classic swimming games for swimming lessons because it’s easy to learn, fun to play and helps develop strong swim skills.
Start the game by choosing one player as the shark and the others as the minnows. The shark gets in the water on one side of the pool and the minnows line up on the opposite side. The shark calls the minnows over by saying “Swim Minnows” and then the minnows must jump in the pool and swim across without getting tagged by the shark. If the minnows get tagged, then they become a helper to the shark for the next round. And, if the shark touches the wall before any remaining minnows jump in, they they become helpers, too. The untagged players get out of the pool and line up again opposite the shark and the helpers for the next round. This continues until all of the minnows are caught. The last minnow caught is the shark for the next game.
To add even more fun to this game, players can wear a shark fin swimming float to aid their swimming and look cool. The KEKE shark fin swimming float does both. It’s a cool shark fin design that is comfortable to wear and provides just enough buoyancy to aid in swimming without restricting the swimmer. Plus, the vertical shape of shark fin helps to encourage a good swimming posture.
Relay races are always a crowd favorite and can help strengthen swimming skills.
Racing with noodles adds a really fun element that kids will love. This is one of the swimming games for swimming lessons that you can use for large swim lesson classes of intermediate or advanced swimmers.
First, divide your group into two teams, and then have your swimmers pick partners within their teams. Give each set of partners one noodle. The first set of partners start with both of the partners on top of the noodle in some way.
They can either choose to straddle it or lay on top of it. Together, they must race to the opposite end of the pool and back without falling off of the noodle. When they touch the end of the pool, the next set of partners jumps in on their noodle and races until all of the partner sets have gone.
The team who finishes first is the Pool Noodle Ruler.
This a great game to encourage teamwork and show swimmers the value of pulling the water with their hands, or kicking it with their feet. For a set of fun swim noodles to use, try the Lifoam Set of 5 in assorted colors (available on amazon). These 48” long durable noodles have a hole in the center for added buoyancy and come in bright rainbow colors like blue, pink, green, red and purple. Now, all you have to do is choose your favorite noodle color.
This swimming lesson game can be a fun challenge for kids once they are able to blow bubbles and swim underwater.
Have the kids line up along the wall and pick which superhero that they want to be.
Then, have them take turns pushing off of the wall with their feet and stretching their arms out in front of them. Submerge a hula hoop or swim ring vertically a few feet in front of them.
Then, they can pretend that they are that superhero as they “fly” through the hoop underwater.
Move the ring a little further back each turn so that they have to glide and kick a little more each time. This games works great with the Water Sports Swim Thru Rings (available on amazon)! These rings have adjustable air chambers that allow you to change the underwater depth so that you can use them for all swimming levels.
Once students get comfortable in the water, they will enjoy a challenging game of Treasure Hunters.
It’s so easy to set up and kids never tire of searching for new items on the bottom of the pool.
Simply choose a depth that is appropriate for your swimmers’ skill levels and throw submersible items into the water at that depth. Swimmers must count to ten and then jump in and race to retrieve the items from the bottom of the pool. The more items they find, the more points they get.
You can even designate a certain color for each child or a total number that they must find.
This game is ideal for developing lunch capacity and helping the swimmers gain confidence in their skills. You can even play it after the sun goes down with the Starlight Swimming Games glow in the dark swimming games kit. The waterproof glowing games pieces include six glow bracelets, four dive diamonds, six border lights, two glowing flowers, plus batteries and a guidebook with game instructions for Treasure Hunters and nine more games.
The best swimming games for swimming lessons help young swimmers build endurance and develop strength while they have fun – like Kickboard Tug of War.
Split your group into pairs and give each set of partners a kick board. The partners grab onto opposite sides of the kick board and use the lane line of the bottom of the pool as the starting mark. At the word “go,” they start kicking as fast and hard as they can while holding the board trying to push themselves over the starting mark.
A good kick board to use for this game as well as other swim training is this is the Speedo Team Kickboard (available on amazon). It’s a lightweight foam kickboard featuring side finger scallops for a comfortable, no-slip grip. It’s perfect for swimmers of all ages and fun for games and exercise.
Now that your children know how to swim, make your pool parties even more fun by checking our blog post about the best pool party games.
We are very proud to announce that our glow in the dark swimming game set, “Starlight Swimming Games“, has received an outstanding review from Tricia Fandrey, the blogger for the popular blog The Night Owl Mama.
Here is a short quote from the review:
“Kids couldn’t wait to drive down to grab them [the glow in the dark game pieces] and bring them up. We also tossed in the bracelets and the Diamonds so they had more to dive for. They were super excited to play and I just loved how it gave them something new to do. They were laughing and diving calling out when they had another and then down again they’d go to grab another light up border light.”
Being a strong swimmer is an essential skill and one that many parents, especially those with pools, care about developing in their children.
Swim lessons are important and swimming for a school or city swim team is beneficial too, but one of the best ways to promote strong swimming is by incorporating fun pool activities and games in your own backyard.
Swimming games allow you to encourage your children to swim more and to strengthen their skills while having a blast. These games and activities are a great way to have fun in the summer while keeping your kids active in the water and improving their swimming.
Swimming games such as Sharks and Minnows or diving games are great ways to encourage strong swimming patterns. Sharks and Minnows improves swimming speed and awareness in the water while dive games are extremely helpful for younger swimmers who are getting the hang of downward swimming and holding their breath underwater.
Starlight Swimming Games, a swimming pool game set of 10 different swimming games from Starlux Games, includes glow in the dark equipment for both of these and is a great way to keep the fun going after the sun goes down. It’s incredibly easy to set up, requires very little maintenance and is easy for kids of all ages to understand. Incorporating night swimming into your weekly summer routine is a fantastic way to strengthen swimmers in your family and is a new and fun twist on traditional pool activities.
One of the big appeals about joining a swim team is the element of competition that is cultivated. A good way to keep kids engaged with activities is to promote healthy competition within the games or activities. The Starlight Swimming Games can be used to play ten different types of games, many involving competition.
Another great option which involves a different kind of swimming competition is the Watermelon Ball (available on amazon), which is made to look and feel like a real watermelon when filled with water.
This ball can be dribbled like a basketball underwater and passed up to ten feet. It’s a great way to bring some fruity fun into swimming and can be used to play multiple games. The Watermelon Ball is perfect for a family with kids of different ages and lets the whole family play together. Promoting healthy competition with games like the Watermelon Ball or Starlight Swimming Games is a great way to encourage strong swimming habits while keeping pool time interesting and active for your kids.
Looking for something closer to a traditional sport? Consider a poolside volleyball net or an inflatable basketball hoop.
These kinds of games are perfect for older kids who are still looking to strengthen their swimming abilities. Especially with preteens and teens, one of the most difficult tasks can simply be to get them into the pool.
By incorporating a sport that they already feel comfortable and confident with, you can ensure they get the pool time that they require to become strong swimmers. While these activities don’t necessarily encourage straight-line swimming like the games mentioned above, they can require treading water and general use of the same kinds of muscles needed to be a strong swimmer.
Another advantage of group swimming games is that they are a good way to promote social interaction. This may not seem like the most obvious way to strengthen swimming, but using pool time as a social event is another good way to keep kids engaged and active.
You should choose the group swimming games based on the number of swimmers and their ages. The Watermelon Ball, Starlight Swimming Games and pool volleyball or basketball are all great choices for social events. Games like these help encourage healthy social time and extended pool time which will help build muscle and encourage healthy swimming habits.
There are also plenty of enjoyable pool games and activities that can promote strong swimming without any equipment. The popular pool game, Categories, helps to build swimming speed, timing and muscle. One person is “it” and names a category such as favorite colors or best desserts. They then proceed to call out items in the category. The remaining players line up on the wall and think of something within the category. When their choice is called out, they race to get to the other side of the pool before the “it” person can catch them.
Another classic game is Marco Polo where one player closes their eyes and calls out “Marco” to which other players must reply “Polo” until the player who is “it” catches one of them. Games like this are fun and simple and can be used in between other games like those in the Starlight Swimming Games set to extend pool time.
The most important aspect of swimming is to always encourage pool safety. Long stints in the pool can be a great thing for promoting strong swimming, but an adult should always be present and paying attention when children are swimming. This is extremely important for younger swimmers or swimmers just starting out and another reason why helping your kids to grow to become strong swimmers is so essential.
The idea behind using fun games and activities to promote strong swimming is a simple one: keeping your child in the pool as long and as often as possible encourages muscle building and habit formation that will lead to strong swimming. To really endorse swimming, these activities are best supplemented with swim lessons, swim team, or some other kind of formal swim training. These games are effective however for getting your kids to feel more comfortable in the pool and more confident in their own abilities. They give them a fun break from traditional swimming that will continue to increase their love of being in the water.
If you enjoy having pool parties, learn how to make your pool parties even more fun by reading our blog post on the best pool party games.
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When it’s hot, the pool is a great way to chill out. But even pool time can get boring if you don’t have the right kind of games to add to it.
If you want a great recipe for a really fun summer, take a big pool of water, add a good heaping of kids, a pinch of summer sunshine and mix it all up with a sprinkle of the best diving games for kids to play in the pool.
Here’s a top ten list of current favorites that not only encourage fun, but also strengthen swimming and diving skills.
Your little mermaids and scurvy pirates will love searching for sunken treasure with this fun and easy-to-use diving game. Simply sink the treasure chest and then dive on in and try to collect as many coins as you can. The set comes complete with a brightly colored treasure chest and 39 coins. Recommended for ages 5 and up, it’s the perfect way to strengthen their swimming while they grow their imagination. You can find the “Splash Bombs Prime Time Toys Diving Masters Treasure Chest Pool Diving Game” on amazon.
This is a quick and inexpensive diving game for kids that will keep them entertained for hours. Grab a few empty clear 2-liter bottles or water bottles with light-colored caps and fill them up to the brim with pool water and close the caps. Then, line up the players on the side of the pool with their backs to the pool. Throw the bottles in the water and let them settle. The players then turn around and begin the search as the clear bottles blend in with the bottom of the pool. You can play with one bottle and have an ultimate winner or with numerous bottles and let everyone find one.
Your little budding marine biologists will love this game that comes with ten plastic eggs and ten baby turtle-sinkers that fit inside. Each baby turtle features bright colors and numbers. Toss them into the pool and then gather them all up to “hatch” a number of swimming and sorting games. All game pieces are fade-resistant to stand up to sun and chlorine exposure and the eggs parts are hinged so that matching pieces don’t get lost. The set includes five yellow turtles, five orange turtles, the ten plastic eggs, plus activity and game ideas. This game can be found on amazon.
Gather a collection of fun item pairs that will all sink to the bottom of a pool. For example two dive rings, two quarters, two plastic animals, two toy cars, two rocks – you get the idea. Then, toss them in all parts of the pool and let them sink. Divide the players into two teams and give them a scavenger hunt list in a sealed plastic baggie to keep it dry. At the word “go,” each team must dive and search to collect one of each item. The first team to collect everything on the list is the winner.
Just because the sun goes down, doesn’t mean the fun has to. Play your favorite swimming pool dive games after nightfall with this glow-in-the-dark swimming kit. You can play ten different games with the enclosed waterproof glowing games pieces and game ideas. Classic swim games like Treasure Hunters and Human Whirlpool are even more fun after dark. The kit includes six glow bracelets, four dive diamonds, six border lights, two glowing flowers, batteries and a guidebook with game instructions. Simply twist each light on and toss into the water for an amazing swim and dive party. Available for purchase here at Starlux Games.
When you want to do some seriously fun dive training, this kit has it all. This ultimate diving pool toy set comes with a total of 14 pieces, including four diving pool rings, four shark toys, three tropical fish toys and three sinking Fun Balls. Just throw them into the pool, and these colorful toys instantly sink or stand on the bottom making them easy for little hands to pick up. All you need to add is water. You can purchase this game on amazon.
If you’re looking for a last-minute, easy-to-organize diving game for kids, this game is a sure bet. Simply gather different colored poker chips and scatter them throughout the bottom of the pool. Then, shout “go” and let the players race to dive and retrieve them. You can designate a different point value for each color poker chip and add up each player’s score at the end. If you want to make it more challenging, you can also throw less of the higher point chips in the deeper sections.
Put your diving skills to the test with these colorful and innovative collapsible water rings. They are 31” in diameter allowing you to dive through them while their adjustable air chambers let you change how deep you want to go, making it versatile for all swimming levels. Plus, their vivid sea creature motif adds a little fun to the pool whether you use them for swimming lessons or recreation. You can purchase Water Sports Swim Thru Rings on amazon.
When it comes to adorable diving games for kids to play in the pool, this one takes the cake. You don’t have to be British to enjoy a good, old-fashioned tea party…under the water. Grab your goggles and dive to the bottom of the pool with a few friends. Sit cross-legged on the bottom of the pool, while you pretend to attend a fancy tea party. Greet your guests, serve them tea, and hold out your pinky while you pretend to drink it.
Your kids will have so much fun helping Mr. Ray pick up Dory and her friends with this game. Throw the baby Nemo, Dory, Pearl, Sheldon and Kathy toys in the water and then dive to scoop them up with the Mr. Ray net. All of the characters float at different depths of the pool to further add fun and challenge to the game. Each pool toy set includes one Mr. Ray net and five fun characters. You can purchase this game on amazon.
So, whatever dive game you choose this season, just keep swimming!
Summertime is the perfect opportunity to play swimming games to cool off and have more fun than any kid stuck on land… or a couch. We crafted our Starlight Swimming Games to ensure kids can make a splash even after dark in the pool of their choice.
No need to go indoors when the sun sets. Our glow in the dark swimming games keeps the fun going as long as mom and dad are willing to stay up to watch over the contests.
One of the best things about our swimming pool games is that you’re not stuck with only one way to play. We have 10 variations to keep the games fresh and give all the kids a chance to shine with their different abilities. You don’t see 10 different ways to play Monopoly, do you? Basically you play Monopoly for six hours with no clear winner and everyone goes to bed mad at each other!
For fun that doesn’t dissolve into bickering over who cheated as the banker, keep reading. Here are details on how to have loads of swimming pool fun with three popular variations of our Starlight Swimming Games.
What kid can’t get excited about freeze tag? It’s a game that can be played anywhere and anytime. Put this concept into a swimming pool and you can have hours of fun after the sun.
The concept is simple. One player is designated as “It,” then all the other players put on their glowing bracelets.
Now the chase is on after a quick countdown! The chosen “It” can win the game by tagging all the other players within a time limit. Sounds easy, but the other players can unfreeze each other by swimming between the legs of frozen players.
BTW, players frozen with a tag in deep water must tread water until they are unfrozen or the game is over! So it’s important to rest after these contests.
OK this may sound like an easy game. But the kiddos will have to push it to the limit in order to win. This game is competitive and has the side effect of cardio fitness.
Two teams will compete in a glowing relay race. Better to do it after dark since you parents won’t have to sweat it out as referees and fans. Each team will have half its members on each side of the length of the pool. One player from each team starts the race by pushing their Glowing Flower to the other side of the pool. They can only use their head and chest to control the Flower as they swim! When they reach the other side of the pool, that’s when the next team member pushes the Flower back to the other side. This goes on until one team has sent all their players across the pool and finished before their rivals.
To enhance this game, different strokes can be used for more advanced swimmers.
We can’t get enough of Zombies even in our swimming games. Doctors may seem boring, but who else can save mankind in case of a Zombie virus? Not the local sheriff or some crooked mayor.
Let’s forget that dark scenario and focus on the game. This one features two teams. Blue vs. Green. Each team will have one Doctor and one Zombie.
Doctors try to touch the opponent’s Glowing Flower, which will give their team the win. Another way to win is to have your Zombie tag the other team’s Doctor. Lose your Doc and mankind falls… see?
So what are the other players supposed to do in this game? Block! You know, like the low-level actors do on The Walking Dead. Get in the way so the doctors have time to work their magic. Or so your pet zombie has time to knock off the enemy’s doctor. No holding or grabbing though. Just block.
If those three game variations are not enough to keep the kids and their buddies busy this summer then they must have a ton of energy! No worries. Just download all the other game variations instructions here for even more fun in the dark.
We’re glad to give everyone more time to enjoy their swimming pools after daylight hours. After all, in most of the states in the USA we only get a few months a year to enjoy the water. We might as well use our swimming pools day and night to get the most benefit out of them!
You see kids splashing and laughing in the swimming pool and you’re secretly thinking, “Why should these kids get to have all of the fun?” Adults don’t need to sit around the pool all summer watching the fun, they should jump in feet first and enjoy. Summer is right around the corner, so plan some adult parties or couples’ nights at your pool and amp up the fun factor with these top ten swimming pool games for adults.
Remember the grade school game that stressed you out? Now, it’s a fun adult swimming pool game that actually decreases your stress. First, find a long, thick rope that stretches across the deep end of your pool. Divide your guests into two equal groups and mark a line of chalk somewhere around 5 feet away from the edge of the pool. Then, position each team at the starting line and yell, “Go!” Each team pulls the rope until the stronger team pulls the other ones into the pool. Who knows if the winning team is the one on dry land or the ones splashing in the pool!
This race is a great way to get your guests in the pool and get everyone laughing. Split up into two teams and give each team a large t-shirt. The first person in line puts on the shirt over their swimsuit. At “go,” the first person must swim up and back the length of the pool with the shirt on. When they reach the end, they take off the shirt and hand it to the next teammate waiting in line. Then, the next player puts the shirt on and swims up and back. They continue to pass the shirt until each teammate has gone. The team that finishes first is the Wet Shirt Relay Champion!
Nighttime adult swimming pool parties are even more fun with the help of some glowing gadgets. Although the glow in thedark Starlight Swimming Game Kit was created for kids, who’s to say that the adults can’t sneak it out for some fun after dark too? You can play ten different swimming pool games with the enclosed waterproof glowing games pieces or you can use the glow in the dark game pieces like the lotus flower just to add a glowing effect to your pool parties. Simply twist each light on and toss into the water for an amazing pool party.
Everyone loves volleyball and it’s even more fun in the pool. Set up a net over your shallow end grab a beach ball or a soft volleyball for an entertaining adult swimming pool game. Divide up into teams and let the competition begin. Play with your own rules or see the official pool volleyball rules here.
This is the classic choice when you need a swimming pool party game for adults that lets them act like kids. Players take turns by either doing a belly flop or a cannon ball into the pool to make the biggest splash. Then, let a panel of judges from the party crowd rate them. You can also add some variation by also doing the smallest splash, best dive, craziest jump, or whatever entrance you think would be a challenge. Be sure to have a party prize on hand for the person who wins each category.
You haven’t truly enjoyed summer until you have played a game of greased watermelon in a pool! Split your party group into two teams, grab a gourd, and grease it up with some Crisco or petroleum jelly. Then, toss it in the middle of the pool and start the countdown. At “go” the players try to grab the watermelon and pass it to other team members until they get it to the opposite side of the pool and score a point. First team to ten points is the winner.
This is technically not a game, but it is a great way to enjoy a summer evening at your pool with other adults. Borrow or buy a movie projector and hang a white sheet on a wall or between some trees by the pool. Find some fun floats or pull up some chairs and pick a happy, summer-themed movie to watch when the sun goes down. Whatever adult pool activity you choose, just don’t let the kids have all the fun this summer.
It’s summer and time for swimming pool parties. You’ve got the sunscreen, you’ve got the snacks, and you’ve got a great swimming pool. Believe it or not, even with all of that, kids and adults can still get bored. You need some fun swimming pool party game ideas to keep the party exciting and keep the kids happy in the water. Check out these swimming games for a a big splash at your next swimming pool party.
This game encourages pushing, pulling, swatting – no wonder kids love it so much. Form teams of two where one person is the base that stands in the water and the other person rides piggyback on their shoulders to form the “chicken.” Then teams prepare for battle and square off against each other. The object of the game is to knock the other players off of their team member’s shoulders. The last “chicken” standing is the winner.
This inflatable pool game is floating fun. It’s a larger than life basketball action game that is a great for any number of players because it has multiple ports that let everyone play at once. Made from durable, heavy-gauge vinyl, it’s 45 inches high and 36 inches wide when fully inflated, and it comes with an inflatable ball. You’ll score big with this one. Available for purchase here.
This classic swimming pool party game calls for a low pain threshold and some confidence. Players take turns by either doing a belly flop or a cannon ball into the pool to make the biggest splash. You can also add some variation by also doing the smallest splash, best dive, craziest jump, or whatever entrance you think would be a challenge.
Play your favorite swimming pool games after nightfall with this glow in the dark swimming pool game kit. You can play ten different swimming pool games with the enclosed waterproof glowing games pieces and game instructions available here. Classic swim games like Treasure Hunters and Human Whirlpool are even more fun after dark. The kit includes six glow bracelets, four dive diamonds, six border lights, two glowing flowers, batteries and a guidebook with game instructions. Simply twist each light on and toss into the water for an amazing pool party.
No, these don’t involve ice cream – although that is a great summer fun idea, too. These involve anything inflatable, as long as it floats and it is big enough for someone to sit on. Team members line up on opposite sides of the pool with their floats. Someone shouts “go” and the first set of floaters race to the other end of the pool. Then, they tag their other team member’s hand and they race back across the pool to the finish. If you fall off, you have to start over. You can have as many team members on each relay team as you want. You can jazz this up with some really cool floats which you can purchase here.
This swimming pool party game is right on target. It’s a pool pong set that includes Interlocking target rings in assorted colors that can be set up in endless configurations for limitless summer fun. Complete with six foam balls, the game has targets with different point values and color variations that can be used with or without the plastic cups. Available for purchase on amazon.com.
There is more than one way to enjoy watermelon in the summer. Grab a gourd, grease it up with some Crisco or petroleum jelly, toss it in the pool and get ready to laugh. Split your party group into two teams, then the players try to grab the watermelon and pass it to other team members until they get it to the opposite side of the pool and score a point. First team to ten points is the winner.
There’s a reason this game is a classic swimming pool game…easy to learn, great fun and no equipment required. Choose one person as the shark and he or she starts at one side of the deep end of the pool. All other players are the minnows and they line up on the opposite side. The shark calls the minnows over by saying “Swim Minnows” and then the minnows must jump in the pool and swim across without getting tagged by the shark. Once they are tagged, the minnow becomes a helper to the shark and starts off of the side with them. The untagged players get out of the pool and line up again opposite the shark. This continues until all of the minnows are caught. The last minnow caught is the shark for the next game.
Everybody loves pool volleyball, but it’s always hard to find a volleyball system that last through a pool party, much less an entire summer. If you’re looking for a net that will last years, not months, click here to purchase a high quality pool volleyball system. Their volleyball systems include high strength, solid aluminum volleyball poles and heavy duty nets featuring 2-inch net borders made of 18oz UV / Mildew Resistant Vinyl and stitching. They are designed for prolonged outdoor use and are available in custom widths. It’s pool volleyball at its finest!
For last-minute, easy-to-organize pool fun, this game is a sure bet. Scatter different colored poker chips throughout the bottom of your pool and let the players race to dive and get them. Each color equals different points. You can put less of the higher point chips in the deeper sections to make it more challenging. You can even play in teams and then add up all of the points at the end.
When you have a swimming pool and you are having guests or a pool party, sometimes you tend to put more focus on pool fun versus the pool safety.
However, when it comes to swimming pools, there is no way you can be too cautious. According to the American Red Cross, over 200 children drown in backyard swimming pools each year.
Being proactive and having rules in place could be the difference between life and death. There are steps you can take to improve pool safety for your children and their friends when they are playing in your pool. A few simple guidelines will help everyone stay safe, have more fun and feel at ease in the pool.
Before you open your pool up each summer, have a pre-season refresher with your friends and family on the pool rules. All ages can benefit from some simple guidelines to prevent accidents or drowning. Rules should include no swimming alone, no shallow diving, no running, no pushing and no dunking. Diving boards and slides need to have their own set of rules to avoid injuries. It may even be a good time to include a few rules of your own, such as keep the gates closed, clean up all pool toys and hang up wet towels after swimming. This meeting helps remind everyone that pools are fun, but can also be dangerous if the proper precautions are not taken.
Your pool should be secured with the appropriate barriers that are required in your geographic area. Most towns require a 4-foot or higher fence with a locking mechanism. Be sure to keep your gates locked when the pool is not in use. You may also want to consider installing a pool alarm that will sound when someone enters the pool and can detect if an object over a certain weight falls into the pool. When the pool is not open for the season, use an automatic pool cover or a sturdy winter safety cover and remove any ladders or steps. You can find safety barrier guidelines for residential pools from the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission at https://cpsc.gov/Global/Safety%20Education/Safety-Guides/General-Information/SafetyBarrierGuidelinesResPools.pdf.
Ensure that everyone in your home knows how to swim well by signing up your children for swimming lessons at an early age. Then, continue swimming lessons at the start of each new pool season until they are proficient swimmers. You can further advance their swimming skills by playing swimming games to strengthen them. Find a list of fun games that help them become stronger swimmers at https://www.babble.com/kid/17-swimming-pool-games-for-kids-this-summer/. They can also play games after the sun goes down with the glow-in-the-dark game pieces from https://www.starluxgames.com/starlight-swimming-games/.
When you have guests and neighborhood kids over, know which of them can and cannot swim so that you can monitor accordingly.
Adult supervision is one of the most important steps when it comes to preventing pool-related accidents. Children should be under the surveillance of a designated Water Watcher at all times. The adult in charge should know how to swim and have a plan in case of emergency, as well as quick access to a phone. It’s easy to get distracted and a child can drown in the time it takes to walk inside to get a towel. Stay in reach of young children, and if you need to run inside for a few minutes, make them get out of the pool. Never let anyone swim alone.
Being a responsible swimming pool owner means keeping your pool water and deck clean and clear. Remove any tripping hazards on your deck and maintain proper chemical levels in your pool. Unbalanced pool chemistry could lead to cloudy water, reduced visibility, as well as irritated skin and other diseases. Check your pool water often, keep your pool chemicals balanced, practice proper cleaning techniques and ensure good water circulation. Get more information on pool chemistry at https://www.swimuniversity.com/basic-pool-chemistry-101/.
In addition to proper chemical maintenance, swimming pool owners should maintain the follow safety gear at their pool for emergencies: a phone to call 911, a shepherd’s hook or life ring to pull someone out of the water, a first aid kit, and safety scissors to cut hair out of a drain. Learn more about Pool Safely, a national public education campaign to reduce child-drowning incidents by visiting https://www.poolsafely.gov. Pools are a wonderful way to stay cool and swimming games can be a big part of summertime enjoyment. Have a fun and happy pool season by following the steps to keep your pool safe and your summer accident free.
There is a good deal of research supporting the fact that swimming and swimming pool games are a great pastime for all ages – kids, teens and adults. However, no research is needed to tell the parents of young kids that swimming activities are a great pastime, when they see how it wears their kids out and helps them sleep better. That sells them on it, every time!
According to UC Berkley Wellness, “Swimming is an almost ideal way to stay in shape. If you don’t already swim, it’s not too late to start. And, if you don’t like to swim, there’s a wide range of other workouts you can do in water.” See the complete article “Why Swimming Is So Good for You,” at http://www.berkeleywellness.com/fitness/active-lifestyle/article/why-swimming-so-good-you.
Just like the article indicates, if you don’t like to swim laps, there are so many other ways to have fun and get exercise in the water. Not to use too many water puns, but there are a flood of recreational activities and swimming pool games that can transpire in a pool. For example, aqua aerobics and pool walking are the perfect exercises for all ages, especially those over 50, because it doesn’t put stress on the joints. Swimming pool games, such as Marco Polo and Sharks and Minnows, are a fun way to strengthen kids swimming skills and help them learn and respect pool rules.
Find endless ways to entertain your brood this pool season with some of the swimming activities found at http://www.swimmingpool.com/pool-living/pool-games. This site includes low-cost, creative pool games like Atomic Whirlpool, Crocodile Hunter and Splash Dance. For more summer fun, visit https://swimswam.com/the-top-9-swimming-pool-games-3-sharks-and-minnows/ to find another list of swimming pool games including rules for Water Polo and Swimming Battleball.
When in doubt, throw a bucket full of change in the pool and play Capture the Change, where everyone is a winner. Plus, extend your pool playtime with the Starlight Swimming Pool Game Kit. This kit allows you to play ten different swimming pool games after nightfall using the enclosed waterproof glow in the dark games pieces and game instructions available here. Games like Sharks versus Whales and Treasures Hunters are even better in the pool after dark.
Purchasing a few pool toys throughout the swim season can also help keep all ages entertained. Swimoutlet.com has everything you need to make a splash at the pool from beach balls and dive rings to basketball hoops and waterproof playing cards.
For a really fantastic float, toysplash.com carries giant rafts with amazing shapes like pizzas, flamingos and even the continental USA, all available for purchase at https://www.toysplash.com/rafts-lounges-floats-inflatables.html.
Whatever fun you choose to have in the pool – you’ll know that swimming is a relaxing, low-impact activity that gives the body an all over workout. Almost all of your muscles are being used during swimming without impact or stress on them. Meanwhile, it keeps your heart rate up and builds endurance and muscle strength. It is also a beneficial way to maintain a healthy weight, and improves heart and lung capacity.
“Swimming is a good, whole-body exercise that has low impact for people with arthritis, musculoskeletal, or weight limitations,” Robert A. Robergs, director of the exercise physiology laboratories at The University of New Mexico in Albuquerque says, “because it is low impact and can be done by people of any weight, age or physical ability.” http://www.medicaldaily.com/swimming-benefits-8-reasons-why-sport-good-you-247152
In addition to helping your physical health, swimming and swimming pool games have many other benefits, including improved flexibility, coordination, balance and posture. It can be a relaxing way to alleviate stress and improve mood.
According to a powerful article on Livestrong.com:
Spending time in the water can also be positive for children’s mental health, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports. Swimming may improve mood and decrease anxiety. Families that spend time swimming together could experience enhanced family bonding. Kids could enjoy swimming more than other types of exercise, so, if you provide your children with opportunities to swim, they may be more likely to exercise.
What more convincing does anyone need? In addition to being fun and helping young kids sleep better, swimming is a great way to stay fit, enjoy time with friends and cool down on a hot day. Plus, it is a healthy activity that you can continue your whole life. So, pull out that speedo, put on that sunscreen and head to the pool for a fun day of swimming pool activity. Jump in knowing that you are providing a fun and healthy activity for you and your whole family.