This is an outline of the recent TAGS Access To Swimming Survey. Jane Chaplin who supports the Tags Birmingham space has very kindly put an outline together. It comes from all over England and part of Wales. It makes very interesting reading as it outlines the need there is for safe swimming spaces.
Please feel free to comment on the survey (email firstname.lastname@example.org).
Outline of the survey
Last swam up to 12 months 39.58% – 76 people
Last swam up to 5 years 36.98% – 71 people
Last swam up to 10 years 23.44 – 45 people
Clearly there is a reason why people are not swimming which is outlined in later questions, reasons given include Dysphoria and Transphobia in situations where public swimming is available.
Reasons to stop swimming
Fear of being outed 78
Transphobia or the fear 127
Reaction from pool staff 95
Not Safe to change 118
Other reasons 60
Dysphoria associated with being n public pool 34
Fear of transgender people 1
Distance to travel
Not prepared to travel 3.15% 6
Up to 10 miles 65.26% 124
Up to 20 miles 24.74% 47
Greater distance 6.84% 13
This presumes reasonable traveling by public or own transport with reasonable parking or taxi/bus access to baths
Frequency of event
Monthly 37.23% 70
Fortnightly 30.32% 57
Weekly 27.13% 51
A fairly even split between the people answering this question however the organisation and cost of more frequent events than once a month would have to be assessed. Certainly once a month appears to work at present.
Reasons to swim
Socialise 29.47% 57
Exercise 17.89% 34
Love of swimming 34.74% 66
All listed elements 103
General consensus from participants that a swimming event would be well received across many locations in the UK, especially in city and larger centres.
Answers give a wide range of places across UK, certainly if suitable central locations can be found and supported. There is clearly a demand for swimming but ease of travel and cost of events would be of paramount importance.
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TAGS Access to Swimming Survey: Results