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The Best Games to Play in the Pool  

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List Rules Don't just kick back with a margarita (though, that sounds fun too)! Get in there and have fun!

Going to the swimming pool is a summertime favorite. Splashing around and playing in the hot sun can be the best. After a few hours of swimming around though, it can be hard to keep up the inspiration to swim, and before you know it, you're treading water (literally and figuratively). Fear not, friends, for we have a list of awesome games to play while you're in the pool. What are your favorite games to play while swimming?

This list is votable and rerankable. From Marco Polo to diving for dive sticks, these are the best games around to play while you're swimming in a pool. Don't see your favorite pool game here? Feel free to add it.
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Marco Polo is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Games to Play in the Pool
Marco Polo
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Water Volleyball is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Games to Play in the Pool
Water Volleyball
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Pool Tag Survivor is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Games to Play in the Pool
Pool Tag Survivor
One person is "it." They call out either "dolphin," "froggy," or "submarine." Dolphin has to swim on top of the water. Froggy has to swim in the middle.Submarine has to swim at the bottom of the pool."It" has to close their eyes and try to tag the others. When a player gets to the other end, they yell, "Survived!" If they get tagged they are it. The more people the better.
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Battleships and Submarines is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Games to Play in the Pool
Battleships and Submarines
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Diving for Dive Sticks is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Games to Play in the Pool
Diving for Dive Sticks
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Diving is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Games to Play in the Pool
Diving
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Water Hoops is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Games to Play in the Pool
Water Hoops
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Treasure Hunt is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Games to Play in the Pool
Treasure Hunt
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Cannon Ball Contest is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Games to Play in the Pool
Cannon Ball Contest
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Water Dodge Ball is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Games to Play in the Pool
Water Dodge Ball
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King of the Tube is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Games to Play in the Pool
King of the Tube
Divide the children into two teams and have each one choose a champion. Each champion sits in an inner tube; the other players try to knock the opposing team's champion out of the tube by touching the tube only. Touching the champion's body is never allowed. The first team to force the other champion out of his or her tube wins.
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Water Frisbee is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Games to Play in the Pool
Water Frisbee
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Atomic Whirlpool is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Games to Play in the Pool
Atomic Whirlpool
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Noodle Joust is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Games to Play in the Pool
Noodle Joust
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Water Fight is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Games to Play in the Pool
Ethan Luke Eardley added Water Fight
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Octopus is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Games to Play in the Pool
Octopus
Choose one player to be "it" and have him or her stand in the middle of the pool. The other players must, all at once, swim across the pool and try to avoid being tagged. Those who are tagged must hold hands with the "it" player in the center of the pool. In the next round, all of the players who are holding hands try to tag the swimmers as they come back across the pool. Keep going back and forth until every player has been tagged, then start again with a new "it."
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Pass the Ball Relay is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Games to Play in the Pool
Pass the Ball Relay
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Island Mail is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Games to Play in the Pool
Island Mail
Have each child sit in a tube or on a pool mat, divide the players into two teams, and distribute them around the pool. The kids on each team have to toss small balls or water-filled balloons from mat to mat towards a goal. The team that gets more objects into the goal area wins.
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Numbers Crunch is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Games to Play in the Pool
Numbers Crunch
Divide the players into two teams and have each team line up on opposite sides of the pool with a plastic bucket. Then scatter about 25-30 numbered ping-pong balls around the pool. The numbers represent the point values for each ball. With an On Your Mark, Get Set, Go! both teams jump in and try to retrieve the balls and place them into their team's bucket. The catch is that players are allowed to retrieve only one ball at a time. When all of the balls have been collected, each team adds up the numbers on their balls to determine their score. The team with the highest score wins. This game can be made more interesting by allowing teams to win extra points for collecting sets of consecutive numbers.
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Team Scavenger Hunting is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Games to Play in the Pool
Team Scavenger Hunting
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Bumper Cars with Intertubes is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Games to Play in the Pool
Bumper Cars with Intertubes
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Musical Chairs with A Beach Ba... is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Games to Play in the Pool
Musical Chairs with A Beach Ball
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F-i-s-h is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Games to Play in the Pool
F-i-s-h
Choose one player to go first and perform some action that the other players must repeat. Every player who cannot repeat the action properly earns a letter, first "F," then "I," and so on; the first player to spell the whole word "fish" loses. Players take turns performing stunts for the others to imitate. To keep the game interesting, consider ruling that each action can only be performed once per game. This prevents one player from winning by just repeating an action that no one else can perform.
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Piranha Ball is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Games to Play in the Pool
Piranha Ball
Three or more players hold hands and float in a circle with a beach ball placed in the center of the group. The object of the game is to avoid touching the ball. Any player who bumps into the ball must leave the circle; the remaining players rejoin hands and the game continues. Players may try to blow the ball away or pull other players into touching it, but they may not lower their arms or go underwater to let the ball drift out of the circle.
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Beach Ball Race is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Games to Play in the Pool
Beach Ball Race
This game, appropriate for kids of all ages, requires nothing more than a beach ball or other small, floating toy for each child. Have the children swim across the pool while pushing their beach balls with their noses. The first child to reach the far end without losing his or her beach ball wins. With larger groups of children, this works just as well as a relay race.