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Pine Valley Apartments Blog, Gaithersburg, MD  Apartment swimming pools are a great place to cool down this summer. Check out these pool games too!

Summer is in full swing here in Elkton, MD and that means hanging out at the pool at Pine Valley Apartments. Spending time at the pool is a good way to escape the summer heat and in today’s post, we have some fun pool games to help you mix things up. So, get together a group from our apartment community and head on over to the pool soon!


Marco Polo

This game, named after a thirteenth-century Italian explorer, is a classic pool game. Why it is called Marco Polo remains a mystery. Essentially, it is a game of Blind Man’s Bluff played in the swimming pool. The “blind” person calls out Marco, and the other players must answer Polo to assist Marco in trying to find them. For detailed rules, check out this website.



It’s like the basketball game, H-O-R-S-E, but in the water. The objective is to copy the actions/moves of your opponent in the water. For example, player one does an underwater handstand for five seconds, player two has to match it or get a letter. The first player to spell out F-I-S-H loses. Note: You can do each action/move only once.


Ping Pong Scramble

This is a winners-get-the-bragging rights scramble for ping pong balls. You will need 40 ping pong balls, four different colored markers. Create four sets of ping pong balls by marking each ball with a colored dot. (4 colors, 10 balls for each set). Divide players into four teams and line up on the edge of the pool. Drop all 40 ping pong balls into the pool. On “go” players jump into the pool and collect the ping pong balls for their team. The first team to collect all ten balls wins.  


Wet T-Shirt Relay

Divide players into teams. Each team gets a large, wet, t-shirt. The object of the game is to race across the pool and back wearing the t-shirt, which is then passed on to the next team member. The winner is the team that finishes first. Please note — the t-shirt goes on over bathing suits.


Have you ever played any of these games? What’s your favorite swimming pool game? Please share in comments and thanks for reading today’s post!