Swimming and bathing

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In general we have the water area of a swimming_pool and the facility itself. The facility can be sport or fun oriented. A Way is drawn around the perimeter (including meadow, playgrounds and buildings).

Water area of the swimming pool

Schwimmbecken Strandbad Frankenthal in der Pfalz.jpg
Area leisure=swimming_pool
+ sport=swimming can be dropped for kids pools
+ possibly access=private for private pools in a garden (if they should be tagged at all)


Water park

The water park is distinguished from the swimming facility by features like water slides and advanced pools with artificial currents and by the fact that it is not suitable for doing swimming as a sport. It can be both outdoor and indoor.

Area leisure=water_park
+ name=Paradise Island Water Park
+ opening_hours=*
+ website=*
+ wheelchair=*

Swimming facility

A facility containing one or more swimming pools (focussed on swimming as a sport). It can be both outdoor and indoor.

Hallenbad Huetteldorf 02.JPG
Area leisure=sports_centre + sport=swimming
+ possibly building=yes
+ indoor=*
+ name=London Aquatics Centre
+ opening_hours=*
+ website=*
+ wheelchair=*

Public bath

A facility where you can go and take a bath. It must have something more than just showers, but I may be anything from bath tubs up to swimming pools. Large bath houses can have outside baths. A fee may be charged for entry. If membership is needed and that can be seen as a hinder set access to private.

Tagging of the element: Tagging of the building, and if present also the outside premises with pools.

Széchenyi Baths 2010 01.JPG
+ bath:type=onsen/hot_spring/hammam/thermal
+ name=*
+ fee=*
+ access=yes/private
+ toilets=yes (implied)   
+ shower=yes (implied)   
+ supervised=yes/no (proposal)  For life guard

Things inside the facility


Specialized in warm places for sweating, could be steam baths.

+ name=*
+ fee=*
+ access=yes/private


Area building=yes
+ description=toilets/shower/...

Lawn for sunbathing:

Area landuse=grass


Area leisure=playground


Area leisure=pitch

By the Sea/Lake

Organized (public) outdoor bathing area in natural waters

Skavlöten badplats 2011.jpg

This is a area consisting of both water and land. A designated bathing area at any kind of water that is not a swimming pool or similar. There is some kind of open area connected to the water, often a beach.

To find the bath on a map it can be enough to label one element, so that an icon can be generated. Add the general properties of the bathing area to the same element, i.e. if there are toilets, access for disabled, etc.

Proposed solution from IRC:

+ access=*
+ name=*
+ supervised=yes/interval
+ shower=yes/no
+ pets=yes/no

Alternative tagging:

amenity=public_bath (proposal)
+ bath:open_air=yes (in the public_bath proposal)
+ name=*
+ toilet=yes/no
+ shower=yes/no
+ pets=yes/no

Fully served (public) outdoor bathing area

See leisure=beach_resort
Beach resort.jpg

The beach resorts is distinguished from a bathing beach by the full-fledged service that can include: rental services for sunshades, cabins, lockers and even small cottages. Area can include bars, restaurant, parking lots and small shops. They can be served by lifeguards.

That is, beaches can be "upgraded" to beach resorts.

Tagging of the element:

+ name=*
+ fee=*
+ toilet=yes (implied)   amenity=toilet
+ shower=yes (implied)   amenity=shower
+ pets=yes/no
+ amenity=bar/amenity=restaurant/amenity=cafe/amenity=kiosk
+ amenity=shop, with shop=*
+ supervised=yes/interval (proposal)  For life guard


For the most basic needs of getting yourself clean you might find amenity=shower in some places.