Backyard Entertainment | 10/12/13

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Take advantage of the end of Arizona swimming pool season with these fun pool games!

Here are some of the fan favorites that are sure to “go swimmingly” with your friends and family:

1. Marco Polo

This well known pool game is a huge hit across the globe.  While the seeker has his or her eyes closed, they shout out the word, “Marco!” and listen to the response, “Polo!” which is received from the other players in the pool.  Based on what they hear, the seeker then has blindly to swim, walk, or run through the water to find those hiding in different locations throughout the pool.

2. Belly Flop Contests

How will you decide who wins? Will the highest jumper win?  Will it be the person with the most unique “flopping” style?  Or will the winner be determined by how much pain they’re in after they leave the water (the redness of their belly can be the judge of that!). This is a great game for anyone who’s brave enough to put their abs to the test (and who may have a low pain tolerance!). One person will be the judge and determine how much pain they’re in after they leave the water (the redness of their belly can be the judge of that!).

3. Play Chicken

For this game, you’ll need a fairly wide pool and for four friends or family members to break up into teams of two.  One person will be on the bottom, and the other will be sitting atop the shoulders of the person on the bottom.  When a buzzer or bell rings, then each of the top players will work to wrestling, tussle, and wrangle the other player down into the pool.  Whoever remains standing is the ultimate victor.

4. Relay Races

Is there anything more fun than a good old fashion water relay?  If you have a family full of fantastic swimmers, then your relays can include traditional swim styles.  If you feel like getting a bit more creative, throw in some floaties or pool noodles and make up your own crazy and creative relays.  Whoever makes it to the other end of the pool first, wins!


Shasta Pools is a Phoenix pool builder who provides a variety of services including swimming pool remodeling, commercial pool building, and pool service and repair. Since its establishment in 1967, Shasta has helped over 80,000 families realize their dream of pool ownership. By providing exceptional value, quality craftsmanship and superior customer service, the Shasta team continues to fulfill the corporate mission of astonishing and delighting their customers and exceeding expectations. You can learn more about Shasta Pools & Spas by visiting them online, or by connecting with them on Facebook or Twitter.