This research reports on the findings from a survey of outdoor inland water swimmers. The survey explores swimming habits and views on designation.
This is the latest release in the series: Research to inform outdoor inland water designation
Most respondents to the survey had reported swimming in one or more of rivers, lakes, or reservoirs (outdoor inland waters).
Generally, the importance of water quality was a consistent finding throughout the survey. Respondents most commonly reported water quality as the most important factor when choosing where to swim. Additionally, concerns over water quality were most commonly viewed as a barrier to swimming in outdoor inland waters.
Most respondents were interested in seeing more outdoor inland water sites be designated as a bathing water.
There were a mixture of views related to what facilities should be available at sites, with almost half of respondents preferring no facilities.
Survey of outdoor inland water swimmers in Wales , file type: PDF, file size: 859 KB
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