It’s a simple, straightforward answer: there are only two swimming pools in the UK, one of which is in Wales.
But while that may be true for some of the most popular locations, it’s a far cry from the truth for many other places.
Read more In reality, swimming pools are an important part of everyday life for many people, including some who live in the capital, London.
“I love swimming in the pool but I can’t afford to buy a swimsuit, so it’s not as easy to spend my money on it as it would be in my home country,” says Sophie Smith, who lives in the south-east London suburb of Hackney.
It’s also a bit of a shame that many of the pools are so far from the nearest public transport, so we don’t get the opportunity to enjoy the sunsets and sunrises in our own backyard.
But it’s all part of a much bigger picture.
While swimming pools offer some simple pleasures, they’re not without their drawbacks.
In fact, some people, such as Sophie, would like to swim more often than other people do, because they enjoy the freedom and spontaneity of swimming in a large pool.
However, there are a few reasons why the UK’s swimming pools aren’t up to scratch.
The pool industry in the country has a long way to go, with the UK Government now requiring that swimming pools should be able to hold more than 150 people.
And even if they can, there’s no guarantee that they’ll be able or willing to provide adequate care for those that are sick or in need.
This can mean that some pools are too crowded and overcrowded for the sick or vulnerable, and that’s why some people opt for alternative methods of health care, such the private health insurance schemes.
Although there’s some debate over whether private health care should be included in pools, it is clear that the pools in Britain are a major contributor to the UK healthcare system, as they are one of the main sources of public healthcare in the nation.
Read more on the UK and health care in general: