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Fun In The Pool - The History Of The Marco Polo Game!

Posted by Master Pools Guild on Fri, Jul 03, 2015

What's The Story With The Game Marco Polo?

Fun In The Pool

Swimmers everywhere will be playing the game of Marco Polo in the pool this year but how many of those swimmers can tell you where the game originated?  Why not offer up a little history with the fun?

The history of the game refers to a time when Marco Polo was travelling with his family members,  Niccolo, and Maffeo.  They were exploring and traveling to China in order to meet with the great Khan.

During the journey, Marco became very tired and fell asleep on his horse. Sensing this, his horse dropped back from the large, fast moving caravan. Eventually Marco woke up and did not see his family.  He began to hear voices within the desert and thought that his family was searching for him and calling his name "Marco". He began to respond to those cries with "Polo". It turned out that Marco Polo was actually hallucinating -  they were not calling him.  His family did search for and find him.

The game can be traced back to the 1700's when it was played on land and called "Blind Man's Bluff"

 

How Do You Play?

You will need three players or more.

Everyone gets into the pool.

Decide who will be "Marco" or "It".

"Marco" goes to the side of the pool and covers his/her eyes and counts to ten while the other players move as quietly as they can to different areas of the pool. 

When "Marco" stops counting he/she keeps their eyes closed but trys to locate someone else in the pool. 

The players can move away from "Marco" to avoid being tagged - trying to make the least amount of noise possible to avoid being detected.

When "Marco" wants a clue as to everyone's positions, he/she yells out "MARCO!" to which all the other players must respond by yelling "POLO!" 

This will help "Marco" find another player to tag.  Once another player is tagged they then become "Marco" and the game starts again.

If a player sits on the side of the pool during the game they are a "fish out of water."  If "Marco" calls "fish out of water" then that swimmer becomes "Marco" and the game starts again.

Here's to hours of fun playing Marco Polo!!! 


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Kids Summer Fun Series Week 2: Fourth of July Poolside

Posted by Master Pools Guild on Wed, Jul 03, 2013

The Master Pools Guild Living Poolside’s Kids Summer Fun Series! Where we share a fun activity & a great poolside snack each week.

Summer Fun Week # 2 Celebrating Independence Day

Even if you don’t reside in the USA, you can have a splashing good time with this set of games & poolside fun.

4thofJuly

Games:

Crossing the Potomac Race:

Putting a new spin on a pool time favorite – the raft race, Crossing the Potomac can be performed solo or by teams.  Each team needs a raft.  Teams begin at one end of the pool & race to the other end.  One team member pushes the raft while the remainder of the team members are on the raft either laying across or sitting..  Team members on the raft can help push along or not.  Make your own rules & change this up.  For example, let the raft riders only use their legs to help.

Cannon Ball Splash Contest:

Nothing brings everyone together more than a cannon ball contest.  Get your contestants, find a prize for the winner & have the audience judge by applause. ALWAYS exercise caution when jumping off the side of a pool. 

Cannon Ball Run Relay Race:

Divide into teams.  Each team needs a beach ball which will be the cannon ball.  The object of the game is for each swimmer to move the cannon ball from one end of the pool to the other but only using their nose! Another great race for a relay!

Star Spangled Splash Dance:

Divide into teams (or individuals can complete).  Have teams choreograph an Independence Day themed water ballet (use pool noodles/floats etc. for props).  Then invite family, friends & neighbors to watch the premiere.  Great to have in the evening with pool lights adding that dramatic flair to the presentation.  Have multiple “awards” so each team is a winner (i.e most original, most patriotic, most “red,white & blue”).

Star Spangle the Food & Beverages:

Cup Station:

Avoid the mix up of cups (which typically happens at parties) by providing guests with a cup station.  Set up a table that has plastic cups (solid color), markers, in black, blue, silver & star stickers in patriotic colors & have everyone decorate & place their names on their cups.  The kids can help decorate cups for their parents too.  This not only avoids cup confusion but will also help reduce the overall number of cups you use.

Frozen Stars:

We loved the star shaped ice cube trays we found (at Wal-Mart for .98 Cents!)

We used them to make red, star shaped ice cubes (we used Crystal Light

Pomegranate Sugar Free) which will be kid fun & friendly served poolside in lemonade.

Fruity Stars:

Next, grab a star shaped cookie cutter (or hand it off to a kid helper) & dive into the watermelon.

Add blueberries & a few strawberries for a super star fruit salad! Another possibility would be to skewer the fruit & put those star shapes on the top of the skewer.

Whatever you do to celebrate, here’s to celebrating your holiday & Living Poolside!

 

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Why We Believe Swimming Is The Best Fitness Program For All Ages

Posted by Master Pools Guild on Fri, Jan 04, 2013

It is the time of year where many of us are focusing on improved fitness & wellness programs for ourselves & for our families.  While some may say our vision is a bit narrowly focused, here at Living Poolside, we do truly believe that swimming is the best fitness activity for all ages.

 Here’s why:

 1) Swimming not only burns calories, but boosts metabolism, and firms every muscle in your body, all without putting stress on your joints. This is the ONLY exercise that can make this claim. This is a huge plus for Arthritis sufferers. 

 2) Swimmers of all ages are found to have more lean muscle and trimmer waists and hips.

 3) Water's neutralizing effect on gravity makes your body virtually weightless and allows you to swim almost daily without risking injury. 

 4) Studies have shown, habitual swimmers are biologically 20 years younger than their actual age.

Wouldn’t you agree that these are 4 great reasons to make swimming a major part of your fitness routine?  But there is more…

Yet another benefit of swimming for fitness is stress relief.  Swimming relaxes your body and soothes your mind.  The process of swimming increases the oxygen flowing into your muscles.  You focus on regulating your breathing and almost without realizing it, you experience the healing properties of being in the water.  A workout in the swimming pool will leave you feeling physically and mentally refreshed.

Weights For The Pool

 As the popularity of swimming for fitness has increased, many fitness professionals and sports enthusiasts have designed specialized aquatic equipment i.e. aquatic weights, stationary bikes and treadmills and programs such as yoga in the pool, water Zumba classes and even  POOL-ates  that blend other fitness activities and swimming.   Swimmers are often amazed at the enjoyment and fitness benefits gained by moving their fitness program into the swimming pool.  As a true lifetime sport swimming can be enjoyed by people of all ages.  So, join us here at Living Poolside & make swimming an integral part of a fitness program for you and your family!

Please note it is important to always check with your health care professional prior to beginning a new exercise program.

This contribution to Living Poolside comes from Kris Adcock, AdcockPool, Spa & Billiards, MS.

Kris Adcock & her family.

  Kris Adcock & Her Family.

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