Swimming Pool Games For Adults That Everyone Will Enjoy

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When the summer heat starts to set in, one of the best ways to cool down and have a great time with friends and family is through pool parties.

But throwing one as an adult can be very challenging, especially since most people believe adult pool parties are calm and collected with all the guests simply sitting or lounging in the water. 

But who says pool parties for adults need to be dull and serious?

Why not give everyone a fun and enjoyable summer party that they can remember for a long time?

With these top 10 swimming pool games for adults, you and your guests are guaranteed to have a great time in the water.

Top 10 Swimming Pool Games for Adults

1. Bumper Balls

Looking for a quick and easy game to play that doesn’t need much equipment? Then the bumper balls game is perfect for you.

What you need:

  • A rope
  • A beach ball

How to play:

Position the rope across the middle of your pool or use it to enclose one section. Then, give each player a ball. 

Once you say “Go”, all players should bump each other with their beach balls towards the rope. Every player who touches the rope is eliminated and out of the game. The last one remaining wins the game. 

2. Water Jousting

Water jousting is a fun and physical game that’s sure to bring in a lot of laughs. It’s a pretty competitive game that can get your guests worked up while in the pool.  

What you need:

  • A pool jousting set

How to play:

Each player should have a log and a jousting bopper. The rule is simple: to knock down your opponent off his log quicker than he can knock you off. If you don’t have a jousting set, you can just use your current rafts and hand each player a pool noodle.

But if you have the time to plan and buy, here’s a funny one on Amazon. The Swimline Hotdog Battle Pool Float isn’t your ordinary log and bopper set as it has inflatable ride-on hotdogs and mustard and ketchup boppers. With this set, the first one to knock off his opponent is the “Weiner”. 

3. Toss N’ Splash

Test you and your guests’ aim and throwing skills with the Toss N’ Splash game. This can be played in teams or by pairs. 

What you need:  

  • Poolmaster Toss N’ Splash

How to play:

The Poolmaster Toss N’ Splash is a floating game with 9 colorful pockets each with a corresponding score and includes 10 game balls. So to play the game, each player tosses the ball towards the floating piece and try to land it in one of the pockets. The team with the highest score wins.

4. Pool Volleyball

Here’s another popular swimming pool game for adults that everyone’s familiar with and knows how to play, pool volleyball. Yes, even the not-so athletic ones. So you can have everyone join in and enjoy the fun!

What you need:

  • A net
  • A beach ball or volleyball 

How to play:

Divide your guests into 2 teams and set up a net across your pool. Play as you would with a normal game of volleyball and get crazy. If you want to slow things down, try using a beach ball instead of a volleyball. Also, to avoid those bloody nose accidents, consider banning spiking the ball.

Don’t have a net? Check out this inflatable volleyball set on Amazon. It’s the complete set as it has an inflatable net and a volleyball. It also includes an inflatable basketball hoop and basketball so you can play basketball too!

5. Poker

Do you and your friends enjoy playing poker? Why not take it to the pool and relax while doing so? With the waterproof cards and floating tables nowadays, you don’t have to stay inside your home for a good game.

What you need:

  • Floating poker table
  • Waterproof cards
  • Chips

How to play:

The same rules apply with regular poker, you’re just having it in the pool where it’s cool and fun. If you don’t have a floating table yet, consider this inflatable table pool set. It offers the complete set and includes 4 separate floating chairs, waterproof game chips, and waterproof playing cards. Aside from poker, you can also use this set to play your favorite card games, including Go Fish!

6. Wet Shirt Relay

Are you and your guests up for a bit of a workout? Are you looking for a game that doesn’t require much preparation or equipment? Then this is the game for you, the wet shirt relay game. Before playing, make sure to divide players into 2 teams.

What you need:

  • A shirt

How to play:

Each team should have half of its players on each side of the pool. If there are 6 players in a team, 3 of them are at the starting point and 3 are at the endpoint. The first players from each team start the game by wearing a soaking wet t-shirt. From the starting point, they will then swim across the pool to the endpoint, take off the shirt, and hand it to their teammate.

The next players should wear the shirt again, swim across, and hand off the shirt to the next player. Whichever team gets all their players across wins. 

7. Tug of War

This traditional game has been around probably since you were in grade school. And tug of war only need one equipment, a durable rope. This should be a challenging and fun game to play with your friends and family.

What you need:

  • A thick long rope

How to play:

Extend the rope from each side of the pool, divide players into 2 teams, and position them in their starting line. Provide a mark at the center of the pool and shout “Go!” Each team pulls their hardest to try and make the opposing team to cross the center mark.

If you want, you can also have the teams stay on each side of the pool, above the water. Whoever pulls the hardest can get the other team to fall in the pool and lose. Guaranteed, with this game, you’d all be laughing and having a great time. 

8. Watermelon Polo

Are you familiar with water polo? Well, here’s a similar game but instead of a ball, you have to use watermelon, it’s the watermelon polo

What you need:

  • Watermelon
  • Petroleum jelly or vegetable oil

How to play:

Divide your guests into 2 teams. Then cover the watermelon with petroleum jelly or vegetable oil and drop it in the middle of the pool. Similar to soccer, you have to move and pass the watermelon to reach the other team’s side to score a point. However, instead of feet, you can only use your hands and you can’t take the watermelon out of the pool or throw it. The first team to get 10 points wins. 

9. Tipsy Waiter

Have your guests laughing at your next party with the Tipsy Waiter game. It’s simple and you probably already have all the equipment needed to start the game. While this isn’t exactly a swimming pool game, it’s such a fun activity that we had to include it. 

What you need:

  • 14 cups 
  • 2 trays
  • 2 bats
  • 2 buckets (same size)

How to play:

You need 2 teams to play this game. For each team, set up a tray on the ground and put 7 cups filled with water. Then set up 1 bucket for each team on the other side of your yard. One player from each team starts the game by spinning around their bat 8 or more times (up to you) and pick their trays up.

Carrying their trays with cups of water, they should then make their way to the other side and dump all the remaining water from their tray to the bucket. They will then need to run back for the next player to begin. The team to fill their bucket first wins!

10. Beer Pong

We can’t just end this list without the popular and crowd-favorite beer pong. While this game is more associated with college parties, it’s a pretty fun and exciting game for adults as well.

What you need:

  • Inflatable beer pong table
  • Ping pong balls
  • Cups
  • Beers or other beverages

How to play:

Have 2 teams ready, each with 2 players. Every player takes a turn in throwing the ping pong ball towards the other team’s cups. Once the ball lands in a cup, that cup is taken away and your opponent drinks whatever’s inside. For those who find this a bit unhygienic, you can just fill the cups with water and have a separate cup that contains the beer.

Now, if you are looking for a beer pong table, here’s a good one on Amazon. The GoPong Pool Floating Beer Pong Table allows you to secure 10 cups for each side and 8 cup holders for your spectator’s drinks. It even includes 6 ping pong balls. Once you’re done with your game, you can use this table to hold all your drinks while in the water. On top of that, you can use it as a floating lounge too.

Final Word

Want to raise the bar and make your games more exciting? Since you are all responsible adults, a little alcohol won’t hurt. Have the losers drink some shots and you’ll see just how competitive everyone will be!

Just a little precaution, while you are all adults, it doesn’t mean that you are safe from accidents. The pool and its surrounding areas pose a danger, no matter what age you are. So always be careful when playing games in and around the swimming pool. 

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