Fun and safe pool activities for this Summer!

Fun and safe pool activities for this Summer!

If you have children on the Gold Coast, you know how much they really like the water, and love playing games. If you are fortunate enough to have a backyard swimming pool, then you would be used to them enjoying games all summer long. However, while kids are having a blast, you will need to see to it that they are playing safe, and are remembering that pools can still be an unsafe area to play a game. Keeping that in mind, the team at Absolut wished to share a couple 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 taking in 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 tricky part is that the ‘it’ player is blindfolded. To help find the other players ‘it’ calls out ‘marco’ and everybody else responds with ‘polo’. This helps the ‘it’ player to discover where everyone else is and tag them. Once everyone is tagged you select a new ‘it’ (generally the very first or last person tagged) and after that you play once again.

Bottle Search/ Find the bottle.
This game is about looking for a bottle in the pool, and getting it first– sounds easy, but it can easily hide and when you are competing it becomes more of a challenge.
You play this activity by first finding a plastic bottle– do not have glass near the pool– and you then fill this with water to ensure that it sinks. Everybody who intends to play then lines up in the pool on the side and faces out from the water. When prepared, throw the container into the pool.
Once players hear the splash from the water they need to push away from the wall and look for the bottle which is now sinking, and hard 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 bring about 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 message that Absolut wishes to keep building up it is that your pool is only fun, beautiful and relaxing if you have kept 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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