Games & Icebreakers, Swimming Pool Games

Swimming Pool Bowling


This is a fun swimming pool game that is great for groups of 6 to 20 students. All you need is some sort of flotation device (an innertube, air mattress, or inflatable raft). Here’s how you play.

Get everybody into the shallow end, about waist-deep water. Choose one person to be the “bowler” and one person to be the “bowling ball.” The rest of the groups are pins. The person who is the bowler helps but the person who’s the bowling ball ONTO the raft/tube. The two of them stand about 8 feet away from the rest of the group.

The rest of the group (the pins) should cluster together and, when told to, do a synchronized handstand. (So, their heads are underwater, and their feet are sticking out of the water…thus making pins.)

At that point, the bowler pushes the raft/tube toward the pins. The bowler gets points for knocking the pins over. (If a pins’ knees goes underwater, they are considered “knocked down.”)

Give everyone a turn and be safe.

NOTE: For safety, make sure that all “pins” are far enough from the walls that when they get knocked over, so they do not hit their legs.

Idea by Mike B.


Jonathan McKee

Jonathan McKee is the author of over twenty books including the brand new The Guy's Guide to FOUR BATTLES Every Young Man Must Face; The Teen’s Guide to Social Media & Mobile Devices; If I Had a Parenting Do Over; and the Amazon Best Seller - The Guy's Guide to God, Girls and the Phone in Your Pocket. He speaks to parents and leaders worldwide, all while providing free resources for youth workers on Jonathan, his wife Lori, and their three kids live in California.

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