What Are The Best Swimming Pool Games For Girls? (Includes Instructions and Videos)

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In today’s article, we talk about the best swimming pool games for girls.

Imagine – summer holidays are finally starting in a few short months, and your kids are excited to be out of school.     

Meanwhile, you technically don’t get summer holidays (d’oh!), but since you are, after all, their parent, you’re kind of like the “director of summer activities” for your kids. 

Of course, this role of “head of kid’s summer activities” is no doubt familiar to you, as it comes up once a year and your job starts at the end of June and goes until September.

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Some kids are very willful, and they want to do their own thing.  Girls in particular have very strong personalities, and want to do what they want to do most of the time.  Don’t we all?!

But luckily, our kids, if we raised ’em right, are open to positive suggestions, with most of them being good-hearted and not looking to do things that are unsafe or even non-productive with their time off in the summer.

What Wants To Go To The POOOOOOL?!

happy little girl swimming

If your kids like hanging out at the pool, that’s a great thing! This could be your local neighbourhood pool, or even your own backyard pool. If they’ve got the swimming skills, why wouldn’t they want to be there?  

Pools are great, and it is a well-known fact that girls like to spend time at the swimming pool playing games with friends for many reasons.

Why do girls like playing games? First off, games are fun, and your kids – girls in particular – are smart, plus they love to organize things, and they pay close attention to detail as well.

Lots of girls are so eager to show off their swimming abilities, not to mention showing off their most fashionable swim suits and swimming accessories. 

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As well, they can simply practice the art of multitasking, our flexibility, and coordination… while having fun!

The best summer swimming pool games for girls we’ll be talking about today include:

Ok, let’s discuss some of these super fun games and how to play them as well!

Sharks and Minnows

sharks and minnows

How to play:

The game starts when one person is selected to be the shark and the rest as the minnows.

The shark starts in the water on one side of the pool and the minnows usually start on the deck of the other side.

Then, the shark calls out “Sharks and minnows, one two three, fishes, fishes swim to me!” at which point the minnows may begin to dive in to swim to the other wall.

If the shark manages to tag a minnow before he touches the wall, then that minnow becomes a shark in the next round. After all the minnows have either reached the wall or been tagged the shark swim to the other wall and the cycle starts again.

If the some of the minnows refuse to enter the pool, the shark may swim to the other wall and tag it, whoever was still out of the pool when the shark tags the wall becomes a shark.

The game is played until all of the minnows have been tagged, then the first person tagged becomes the shark who starts the next round. Sharks and minnows is loved by boys and girls of all ages.

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Follow The Leader (Swim Version)

How to play:

Start by picking one player to be the leader and another player to be the watcher.

All the players hop into the pool and line up with the leader in front. The leader then swims in whatever fashion she likes; anything from swimming under water to doing a back-stroke. All the other players have to mimic exactly what she does. 

This is basically follow the leader crossed with synchronized swimming.  For instance, you can make the game harder by saying that if the leader does something tricky like this (below), the same rules still apply.  This will encourage some competitive spirit, and hopefully some laughs.

synchronized swimming

The watcher, who stands looking from outside the pool, eliminates any players she sees who are not mimicking. Keep playing until only one player remains.

This swimming pool game for girls is a great way to impress the audience by showing you swimming tricks and having delightful time while playing.

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Splash Dance

How to play:

In this game, individuals or teams choreograph water ballets to their favorite pop songs.

Suggest using waterproof props and costumes to make the “show” more creative, but at the same time, you don’t have to use them.

If you are in the mood to compete, make up different performance categories, such as funniest, most original, etc.

Maybe something like this video below, except in the water instead of by the water.

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Dolphin Relay Race

dolphin relay race

How to play:

All of the players must be able to swim fairly well, in this game.

You will need two beach balls. Divide into equal teams. At the signal, the first player for each team pushes the beach ball down the length of the pool using only their forehead or nose.

They are not allowed to touch it with any other part for their bodies or they have to return to the start.

They pass the ball to the second teammate waiting at the far end. This continues until all players on one team have completed the relay and there is a winner.

If you are the parent of a young girl who is interested in playing, you will love the teamwork skills that are developed in this game.

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White Whale

white whale

How to play:

Choose one player to be the “white whale.” The whale should swim to the middle of the pool and float on their back.

The other players should swim around the “whale” until the whale shouts “hungry whale!” Then the whale chases the other swimmers around the pool. 

If the pool allows it, make it more interesting by include dancing. The whale can dance instead of swim.

To be fair, the other players must be allowed to swim only once in a couple of minutes (by their choice).

If the whale tags one of the swimmers, they are now the new whale. If the whale doesn’t catch any swimmers, the same whale goes back to the middle and they repeat the activity. This game can be fun for both girls and boys.

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Animal Dance

This is one of the educational swimming pool girl games. It is good for the imagination and knowledge.

“Animal Dance” makes use of various animal movements and sounds that children very cleverly observe. How to play: The players choose different animals.

The next step is to make the noise of the animal and dance as they perceive the animal to be. The game can be played in teams as well.

The girls have to come up with leaders and the leader of the team will decide who goes first. When all of the players have imitated an animal, they can change the leader and continue playing.

Suggestion: they can choose the best animal sound or dance move and the girl who is chosen can be the new leader. Actually, it is quite interesting to see the animal moves they come up with.

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Water Volleyball

water volleyball

Whether it’s one-on-one or team play, volleyball is even more fun when played in the pool.

Residential pool games like these are specifically designed to stand up to the toughest competitors in a pool environment.

Durable and well-designed games are anchored into the pool deck and will provide hours of active entertainment.

Volleyball is preferred by many girls as it is an exciting game that requires athleticism, eye-hand coordination and teamwork.

Balance, quickness, agility, and flexibility are all rewarded when getting the ball back to the other side of the net.

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Marco Polo

swimming pool marco polo

Marco Polo is a simple game that can be played with two or more players.

To start, choose one player to be “it”. That person closes his or her eyes, and counts to a certain number.

While the “it” person counts, the other players scatter around in the pool. When the count is over, the “it” player tries to tag the other players, using only the sound of their voices to find them.

The “it” player calls out “Marco”, and the other players call out “Polo”. When the “it” player tags another, that player becomes the “it” person and the game starts over again.

This swimming pool version of the game is liked by both girls and boys.

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Add On

How to play:add on pool game

The first player goes underwater and completes a task or trick, such as touch the bottom with their hand, back flip, sit Indian style on the bottom, etc.

The next girl does this trick and then “adds on” one of her own. After her, the next one does the first two tricks and “adds on” a third and so on.

Eventually, the sequence of tricks will get so long that a player cannot complete it due to shortness of breath or they just can’t remember the order accurately. Whoever makes a mistake is out of the game.

The rest of the players should play until only one remains! This fun game is one of the top games for girls as it is a mixture of challenge and entertainment. 


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Duck Push

How to play:

This is a game that requires additional equipment – a couple of rubber ducks. Suitable for younger children, especially girls as they would love the rubber ducks! Hint: you can use pink rubber ducks.

Put 3-4 players at one end of the pool and give each one of them a rubber duck. When you say go, they must use their nose to push the duck to the other end of the pool.

They can also “blow” the duck forward. They just can’t bite the duck and swim to the other side with it in their mouths. Touching the rubber duck with hands or feet is not allowed.

Further, the players can “distract” other players by splashing water toward their ducks to knock them backward.  You might want to be there just to make sure no one gets too aggressive with the splashing.  This is the kind of game where if you suggest splashing, you need to make the girls know that it’s not ok to be too splash-y.

The rules of the game don’t allow them to actually touch the other players or the other players’ ducks. The winner is the first one to get his duck to touch the other end of the pool (obeying the rules).

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Treasure Hunt

This game is a classic swimming pool game. There are endless possibilities for things that you can throw in your pool for girls to retrieve.

Plastic bracelets, marbles, or plastic rings (to make it more difficult). To add a little challenge, divide children into two teams and have them stand on opposite sides of the pool facing away from the pool.

Toss in the treasures, and let the girls bring them back. The team to retrieve the maximum number of trinkets wins. Another idea, as an added bonus, reward the winners by allowing them to keep some of the “treasures”.

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The Pool Ball Dance

girls in a pool

To play this swimming pool girl game you will need a ball that is easy to ‘catch and throw’.

Make sure the players take random positions in the pool. Your role is to play some music, so before starting you can ask the girls for their favourite singers or songs.

My advice is to stick with fun songs. The ball is thrown to one child who will begin to dance to the song that is being played.

Then change the song and the girl holding the ball will throw it to any random girl, who will start dancing after catching the ball.

There is one rule: catch the ball and dance! There is no winner in this game but it is a lot of fun!

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stop pool game

The rules of this girl swimming pool game are easy: the girls pick a word (from a song) and play that song, and when that particular word comes out, they have to stop dancing and freeze.

The last one to stop is out. Of course, before stopping the music everyone has to dance. If two players have stopped at the same time then they have to do their own “stop contest”.

The girl that stops first stays in the game. There are variations of this game. It can be played as a team game. The first team chooses the word and plays the song while the other one dances.

At the end, it is all about having a good time.

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Pool Tag

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Last but not least, is good old-fashioned “pool tag”.  This is a favorite from back in the day, and still very popular!

How to play:

One child was chosen to be “it” in the middle of the pool, and everyone else started out against one wall.

The object was for the kids to get to the opposite wall without being tagged.

When the game started, “it” closed his or her eyes – and kept them closed through the game, and yelled out either “dolphin,” for the kids to swim above the water, “submarine” for them to swim underwater, or “froggy” for the kids to stay in the middle of the pool.

Those who made it yelled “survivor.” The person who got tagged became the next “it.” It is a long and amusing game that is preferred by girls as it has the element of swimming combined with quickness and agility.


Hopefully this will give you lots to think about when it comes to swimming pool games for the girls in your life.  Most of these games are fun for anyone, of any age, but there’s a leaning towards what might be fun for girls specifically.

best swimming pool games for girls

If you have any comments on these games, please let us know in the comments!  Did you play them, did you like them?  Was it easy, was it confusing?  Let us know, we love to hear from our readers!

Have fun and stay safe in the pool!

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