Talk:Tag:leisure=swimming pool

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It is a sport, not a pool

The key 'sport' is about completion. The water is physically mapped in OSM using other tags. This tag specifies that the particular feature is equipped and used for competitive swimming... eg races. Most private swimming pools do not have the marked lanes and lane separators for this sport so they should not be tagged sport=swimming, but as a leisure=swimming_pool. Warin61 (talk) 23:47, 14 January 2019 (UTC)

How to map. Area of the pool

We should maybe have a "how to map" section on this page. One question for that is... do we draw the way way around the edge of the watery area of a swimming pool, or around the wider building (when mapping a swimming pool facility) ? I'm sure that's been discussed somewhere before -- Harry Wood (talk) 12:49, 10 January 2016 (UTC)

Personally, I am marking with a single node. I am thinking very roughly of the density of swimming pools in a residential area as a co-variate with affluence; to this end, I'm tagging with a node every swimming pool I find while editing (I don't focus on finding these, but if I see one, I tag it). At some point in the future, one might do a density-vs.-demographics study ... something which only OSM could be used for (no other mapping resource in widespread use support consistent tagging of private swimming pools that I know of). --Ceyockey (talk) 00:13, 18 February 2016 (UTC)
Yeah clearly it's fine to start with node, and someone might refine it to an area later. but...
The question is where should the area be drawn, during such a refinement?
User:SelfishSeahorse has recently answered the question with this edit creating a "how to map" section. Thanks!
-- Harry Wood (talk) 13:21, 4 October 2017 (UTC)

What if kids only swimming pool ?

How should we label swimming pools dedicated for small children ?

--User:Kupsztal 21:22, 5 July 2017‎

They can also be tagged leisure=swimming_pool, but without sport=swimming, because they are not suitable for swimming. In addition, you could add a description like description=paddling pool. --SelfishSeahorse (talk) 17:35, 4 October 2017 (UTC)
You can use max_age like for playgrounds. I encourage you to also tag max_depth= 0.5m or similar. --Lulu-Ann (talk) 19:16, 28 October 2018 (UTC)

Unconsistent Mapping

I feel the mapping rules are inconsistent:

  • If I have a facility with pools intended for sports only, I mark the area as sports=swimming, and the water area as leisure=swimming_pool.
  • If I have a facility with slides and pools, I mark the area as leisure=water_park, and the water as leisure=swimming_pool.
  • But if I have a outdoors facility with pools intended for recreation, I mark the actual water areas only, despite of the entire area being limited to customers only. (Marking the pools as access=customers would be false, since the access is restricted to the whole facility, not only the actual pools).

How do I mark that the pools are in a "customer access only" garden??? --Josemoya (talk) 15:19, 4 August 2017 (UTC)


access=yes is not very meaningful. It should be the opposite of access=private. Then you could use access=public. As a rule, however, it is assumed that the public has access and you should not add anything like this.--geozeisig (talk) 06:36, 3 October 2017 (UTC)

Hi! access=yes means public access (see Key:access), access=public is just an undocumented duplicate that isn't understood by the standard layer (and likely by other applications using OSM data). I would also prefer not using access=yes, however, there are many private swimming pools not tagged access=private, therefore if a swimming pool has no access tag, you can't tell if it is public or not. Recently, there was a similar discussion about private car parks not tagged access=private and apparently I was the only one assuming that no access tag implies public access (see discussion). --SelfishSeahorse (talk) 07:22, 3 October 2017 (UTC)