Where do you swim in OSM?

Posted by Alan Bragg on 17 April 2015 in English (English).

I want to identify where you can swim in a body of water. I’ve found two ways that are acceptable to the JOSM Validation routine.

  1. Create a beach polygon (natural=beach) and add (sport=swimming), I don’t think anyone swims in the sand.

  2. Create a polygon in the water (leisure=swimming_pool) and add (sport=swimming), I don’t think anyone builds a swimming_pool in the ocean. Of course you can swim in a pool of water.

How do you identify where you can swim?

Location: Early County, Georgia, United States

Comment from Warin61 on 17 April 2015 at 23:52


Nice thought … but here people have been building swimming pools that are in/on the ocean and use the ocean water for replenishment … In Sydney, Australia since 1932 at least e.g.

Comment from Alan Trick on 19 April 2015 at 02:32

Probably just a polygon with the tag sport=swimming where the actual swimming takes place (i.e. in the water).

Comment from Alan Bragg on 19 April 2015 at 11:15

The JOSM validator doesn’t like a polygon with only the tag sport=swimming. It returns the warning “sport without physical feature”

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