If you have kids on the Gold Coast, they are bound to love the water, and love games. If you are lucky enough to have a backyard swimming pool, then you would be used to them playing games all summer long. However, while kids are having fun, you will need to ensure that they are playing safe, and are keeping in mind that pools can still be a hazardous area to play a game. With that being said, the team at Absolut wished to share a few 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 adopting pool safety.
The simple ‘pool tag’ game which many of you would certainly know. One player is chosen as ‘it’ and has to swim in the pool to tag the others. The difficult part is that the ‘it’ player is blindfolded. In order to help find the other players ‘it’ calls out ‘marco’ and everyone else responds with ‘polo’. This helps the ‘it’ player to learn 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 then you play again.
Bottle Search/ Find the bottle.
This game is about looking for a bottle in the pool, and getting it first– seems easy, but it can easily hide and when you are competing it becomes more of a challenge.
You play this activity by first locating a plastic bottle– never have glass near the pool– and you then fill this with water to ensure that it sinks. Everybody who wants to play then lines up in the pool on the side and faces away from the water. When ready, 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 tough to see.
For added difficulty, ensure there are no labels or colours on the bottle that make it easier to find.
For safety, we highly recommend that players start inside the pool area and turn around to find the bottle– others may play a ‘dive-into-the-pool’ version, which can lead to injury if there is water around the edge or if players get too enthused.
The best part of these games is that although they are fun, they are also safe. If there is one note that Absolut wants to keep building up 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.