Guide written by:
Sebastian, self-taught DIY-er, Exeter
Pool noodles, inflatable slides, volleyball nets, water polo sets, lilos, floats and mini-boats: there's a huge range of pool equipment on offer. From rackets to snorkels, you'll find something for all ages and interests.
- Pool games
Pool games: fun and educational
Just like onland toys, pool equipment has lots to offer for young and old alike. Some items even have an educational element, helping to develop your kids' physical and cognitive skills without them even noticing it.
Many pool games involve following a ball, which develops coordination and motor skills. Players have to move swiftly and efficiently in the water, helping to improve swimming technique. In some cases, pool games can help children overcome fear of water.
Different types of play equipment
To make the most of your time spent in the pool, why not invest in some pool equipment? There's a vast range of toys and equipment available to meet everyone's needs.
Transform your pool into a volleyball court by installing a specialized net. Choose between floating, fixed or above-ground models. The same net can double up for badminton.
Inflatable toys and balls
These are some of the all-time most popular pool toys. As regards balls, they can be had in a range of sizes and used for various games, volleyball of course coming top of the list. A wide range of other inflatable toys can also be found (cars, animals, floats, lilos…).
These long cylinders of foam, known as pool noodles or 'woggles', can be used for various pool games, as well as connected together to make them longer.
Available in different colours and sizes, everyone loves a good pool slide. Whether you've got an above-ground or buried pool, you'll easily be able to find a model of slide that's compatible. They can either be inflatable or fixed.
Using your pool equipment
Pool equipment should always be used under adult supervision, and small children and unconfident swimmers should use floats, inflatable armbands or vests. Generally, inflatable pool toys can be pumped up with a pool inflator (not to be confused with your pool pump!) Always make sure the valve is compatible with the inflator outlet.
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Guide written by:
Sebastian, self-taught DIY-er, Exeter, 198 guides
Redo a roof with wooden beams? Check.Advise Mister everybody in the DIY shop? Check.Redo the bathroom plumbing? Check.Fit together, build the walls, paint a partition, throw my hammer in a rage thinking that it will fix the problem? Check. The DIY motto ? Learning is better than delegating… well, it's also a question about your wallet! The satisfaction? The beer at the end of the job! What do the best have in common? The influence of Gyro Gearloose, Mac Gyver and Carol Smiley depending on your generation, a good dose of curiosity, a average hand-eye coordination and a taste for risks… and if it doesn't work, try again! Advise you? I'll do my best!