The benefits of water games

Tuesday, 01 October, 2013

Playing games in and around the pool not only makes the time spent more enjoyable, but it can also teach valuable safety lessons. Swim Kids has identified a range of games that encourage the link between education and playtime.

Drowning is one of the largest causes of accidental death among Australian children - parents and carers can help reduce this statistic by being armed with the right knowledge and skills.

Some water games are there to be enjoyed, while others include important lessons and teach children to have respect for the water. Water familiarisation is a crucial stage in learning to swim - the earlier pool owners are able to get children comfortable in the water, the better.

Playing water games allows pool owners to bond with their child, while teaching acceptable behaviour in the pool without being a ‘disciplinarian’.

Benefits of playing water games include:

  • building confidence around a swimming pool by learning new swimming skills;
  • improving fine motor skills;
  • improving hand-eye coordination;
  • teaching children about gravity, density, capacity and temperature;
  • improving fitness and stamina.

There are also a number of water games targeted at more advanced/older children. These games increase fitness, improve a child’s swimming ability and help build strength. For example, many games involve treading water for lengthy periods of time - something that helps build swimming stamina. Similarly, water games that involve a lot of hopping in and out of the pool can also help build strength while teaching children about safe entry and exit procedures. These types of water games are a great way to promote an active lifestyle and teach water-safety techniques.

Visit the Swim Kids website - - for a list of water games that can be enjoyed by the whole family.

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