Top 10 Water Games to Play Anywhere (Beach, Lake, Pool)
Written by - Alex Richwagen June 2014
Given, when you first think of games that can be played out in the water (lake, beach, pool), generally you don’t think about standing in water while playing. There is however many lakes that are visited and have a sandbar or at least a shoreline. This type of change in the atmosphere completely opens up the opportunity to play and organize types of games. Let’s review the top 10 water games that can be transported just about anywhere.
Floating Beer pong - Floating beer pong is another version to the home water game that everyone loves and learned to play at college, house parties, or tailgating. The game is basically a floating version with a foam floating beer pong table that can be personalized depending on how you play. The board or surface lays flat to make for a much better game to keep the game playable. There’s one company that I would recommend based upon seeing and using the product and its called Floating Pong. Their website is www.floatingpong.com loaded with great designs and customized ideas to make the table truly your own version.
Cornholeonwater aka H2ole – This is a brand new water game that is exploding right now. The game was developed by a pair of brothers that wanted to bring the very popular and original cornhole game to the lake. The game setup is very similar in concept and can be played with either 2 or 4 people. Rather than playing with boards & beanbags, the game is played with tubes and balls. It’s a hybrid form of cornhole and beer pong all in one game. The scoring system is similar to that of cornhole, but the biggest and best difference is that A.) You are in water while playing B.) You can play defense while the game is in progress. Here’s a link to the game in action today and the website to order the product – www.cornholeonwater.net
Water Volleyball – This is a really great team oriented water game if you have a large amount of people to get involved. Water volleyball is the same type of game played on land, but must be played in water with enough space to jump and hit the ball (recommended 2-3 feet of water). The process of setting up the nets requires a few tie-downs in order to secure it in the water. Just like in regular volleyball, each team can only hit the ball up to three times, but the amount of participants is completely up to you and the group of friends participating. It’s not a game that you need to have practice or know exactly the best way to hit it, but it is fun and very interactive. This is a great image to the right of Peanut Island in Palm Beach that explains how the setup should look. Check out this video as well
Oh Ship Ship – I know what you are thinking, what the? This is a great group game (recommended for adults 21 and up) that doesn’t need any toys or setup. You will need a pontoon boat or know someone that has a pontoon boat to start and a cooler full of beer. Assign everyone a number in a line up on the side of the pontoon boat. Once number check is assigned, do a dry run of the following while hitting the pontoon and the chant, “Oh Ship Ship, Sink my Ship”. Whoever messes up the chant is out of the game and gets beer poured on their head until someone wins the game.
Water Obstacle Course – Have you ever seen the show called Wipeout? If not, check out this Youtube Clip Here. It is very similar to that water game, but its course is completely up to you. Gather up as many tubes as possible and tie them together to create a floating obstacle course. Once the course is setup and ready, ask a few people to do a run through of the game and time them to establish a best time. The object of the game is get some competitive nature of the group and race to victory! Here’s a version that is setup annually on Lake Conway located in Orlando, FL. You can check it out on Lake Conway here...
Beer Water Race – Similar to the water obstacle course, this game fuels competition. The fundamental idea is to create a course, but the biggest difference is to incorporate beer drinking stations at each interval stopping point. You will need to have multiple stations or boats setup in order to play this game. I would recommend having 3-4 different “stations” or obstacles, along with a mandatory action of drinking ½ of a beer. For example, swim through three tubes, swim to the first station, drink ¼ of a beer, then go to the next station. Once a timed cycles have ran through, see who can get the best time to find out who is the best!
Water Darts - This game is a total bull's eye (haha, get it)! This game of playing water darts requires a purchase of the board and darts, as I wouldn’t recommend building your own set. This company, Inflatable Ball-Dartz Pool Game, offers all the fun of darts without a hefty price commitment. The floating vinyl dartboard has Velcro strips that catch the Velcro-striped balls. It’s a great game for a families because it’s not only fun but very safe.
Marco Polo – C’mon you know this one. Bring back some good old-fashioned pool games that don’t require much more than a few friends! Playing Marco Polo or Sharks and Minnows and diving is a great family friendly game that obviously is meant for pools. The focus of the game is have one person (the shark) that has their eyes closed and saying Marco that must be echoed by the other players (minnows) by responding with Polo. If the other players are under water, then obviously they cannot respond and are hiding. The key strategy is for the shark to tag a minnow in order to tag the next shark.
Water Football – There are many interpretations to this game. You can make it as simple as possible by just throwing a football around or as technical as setting up boundaries with teams like this site here. Water football is a very exciting game that can be played by as few as two people or as many as 22, depending how intense of a game desired.
Water Basketball – This game is very similar to Water Football as it’s exactly how you would expect it to be. Water Basketball consists of a floating basketball net with a floating basketball made for specifically for water. To establish best results, I would recommend anchoring the hoop down by using a water anchor or in the corner of a pool. This will help players get more accurate at shooting and improve the quality of the game. Here is a site that I would recommend getting a set from if you wanted to grab a hoop for purchase and a basketball here.
Well, that's all. If you have any other water games you think I missed or would like to recommend/promote, please let me know on the comments section below or send a post on Facebook, Twitter, or any other Social outlet.
Thanks again, and happy water games season!