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Author's Note: 10 Classic Swimming Pool Games

I spent most of my childhood summers in the pool. Ours was at the local YMCA, a large outdoor pool with a couple of diving boards, a snack shop (King Cones!) and acres of hot plastic lawn chairs. My sister and I could spend hours in that pool playing every possible game. Handstand contests were big, as was some weird game where we tried to talk to each other underwater. As we grew older, we dared each other onto the high diving board, where I once accidentally executed a perfect belly flop. Ouch. Now I take my kids to the pool and have the unique pleasure of teaching them Marco Polo for the first time, showing them perfect cannon ball position, and tossing the same dive ring into the shallow end for hours and hours. As an adult, there's one thing that I love even more than pool games: how fast the kids fall asleep after an afternoon in the water.

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