Swim Stats Fail To Show Numbers Taking Plunge Into Open Water, Say Survey Critics

Mind the gap between pool and open water say survey critics as Britain considers new strategy on participation - photo by Craig Lord

Organisers of one of Britain’s leading Open Water swimming events, The Henley Classic, have poured cold water on Sport England statistics that show the sport in decline when it comes to participation

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Organisers of one of Britain’s leading Open Water swimming events, The Henley Classic, have poured cold water on Sport England statistics that show the sport in decline when it comes to participation

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Ed

It’s the lack of decent swimming pools – and restricted water time. My local pool closes at 2pm on Saturdays and Sundays for instance and has two ladies only nights and an aqua aerobics night. Meaning the two remaining evening sessions are packed.

Craig Lord

Ed, I think you’re spot on (several issues but those you mention play a significant part in the picture)

Nick

I agree. British swimming has failed to capture the growth in open water swimming. My daughter was a club swimmer but hated the boring and long saturday night galas! She loves a splash out at the lake now tho! It only has itself to blame. How have british triathlon managed to expand its racing as a sport for all? British swimming could have taken the initiative etc for the swim venues …..10k open water is of course an olympic event and we happen to be quite good at it with KerryAnn and others so its not an alien enviroment to british swimming…..

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