What's New Swimmers Guide

What's New as of October 31, 2019

Date Posted: 11/1/2019 2:23:49 PM

October Site News:

Google Maps Fees:

October GoogleAds revenue fell short of Google's charges for using its mapping service by $59.96!

We have analyzed the GoogleAds revenue .v. Google's charges for its mapping service since they began charging us in February and found that, when the revenues and expenses are properly matched (they pay on a calendar month basis but bill on a schedule that ends the month on the weekend before the end of the calendar month), our net revenue has been decreasing every month or, to turn it around, our losses have been increasing. This is not a sustainable business model.

Fortunately, a very small number of Swimmers Guide users have heeded the call on our GoFundMe site and sent contributions that have covered the Google AdSense v. Google Mapping Service deficit. (That's the Google v. Google aspect of the site, not counting our website hosting, programming, ancillary apps costs, etc.)

Even more fortunately, an avid swimmer, who happens also to be an accomplished website and app developer, has volunteered to help move our mapping service from Google Maps to the free OpenStreetMap mapping service. He has also agreed to look into some of the site enhancements we have wanted to make for several years, and to do it without charge. Changes won't happen overnight, but we're hopeful that the easiest changes should become visible in reasonably short order. The most important and most difficult ones may take several months to bring online.

October Database News:

In October, we finished reviewing the listings in the U.S. state of Connecticut and in Lower Saxony, Germany. We were distracted briefly by a query from someone going to Curitiba, Brazil, where we ended up adding 16 listings (most, but not all, in Curitiba). We also got tied up in Zimbabwe, where we added seven. Overall, we added 85 new listings to the site during the month and deleted 17, for a net increase of 68 listings. We're at a round, 24,700 listings, now, only 300 shy of 25,000!

In November, we'll review the 17 listings in Mecklenburg-West Pomerania, that we had hoped to do in October, and then go back to Australia to review the 289 listings in the Northern Territories and Queensland.

We keep saying that we need to update the "About Us", "FAQ", and other "wrap-around" sections of the site. Given the other changes we're looking at, we'd better start pretty soon!

New Listings of Note:

A site user in Norway turned us onto the new Tromsøbadet in Tromsø, Norway. (See Tromsøbadet.) Its own website boasts that it is the northernmost 50 meter pool in Norway; as we point out in the listing, we're pretty sure it's the northernmost 50 meter pool in the world, 217 miles or 350 kilometers north of the Arctic Circle.

Database Statistics:

As of October 31, 2019, the database lists 24,700 swimming facilities in 204 countries and 13,558 cities. In total, those facilities have 26,889 full-size, year-round pools (as we define those terms in our FAQ).

There are now 7,642 listings in the United States, 2,315 in the United Kingdom, 1,590 in France, 1,499 in Germany, 1,441 in Spain, 1,121 in Italy, 1,012 in Canada, 902 in Australia, 885 in Japan, and 618 in Poland. Those ten countries have a total of 19,025 listings or 79% of the entire database!


What's New as of September 30, 2019

Date Posted: 10/5/2019 9:40:07 PM

September Site News:

Google Maps Fees:

September GoogleAds revenue fell short of Google's charges for using its mapping service by $26.83!

You can help to maintain free access to Swimmers Guide by making a contribution to our GoFundMe campaign.

September Database News:

In September, we took a week off to go to the beach and visit with family at the Jersey Shore, but still were able to complete our review of the listings in the states of Massachusetts and Rhode Island and began reviewing Connecticut. We added 31 new listings to the site during the month and deleted 26, for a net increase of only five listings.

In October, we expect to finish Connecticut and then move on to the 184 listings in the German states of Lower Saxony and Mecklenburg-West Pomerania. After that, it's back to Australia to review the 289 listings in the Northern Territories and Queensland.

Somewhere along the line, we're going to need to update the "About Us", "FAQ", and other "wrap-around" sections of the site, we're just not sure when...

Database Statistics:

As of September 30, 2019, the database lists 24,632 swimming facilities in 204 countries and 13,533 cities. In total, those facilities have 26,813 full-size, year-round pools (as we define those terms in our FAQ).

There are now 7,624 listings in the United States, 2,314 in the United Kingdom, 1,590 in France, 1,485 in Germany, 1,440 in Spain, 1,121 in Italy, 1,011 in Canada, 902 in Australia, 885 in Japan, and 618 in Poland.


What's New as of August 31, 2019

Date Posted: 9/1/2019 6:00:34 PM

August Site News:

Google Maps Fees:

August GoogleAds revenue exceeded Google's charges for using its mapping service by $50.04. That pays for about 20 minutes of programmer time.

You can help to maintain free access to Swimmers Guide by making a contribution to our GoFundMe campaign.

July Database News:

We completed our review of the listings in the state of New South Wales, Australia, moved on to the German state of Hesse (Hessen in German), knocked off the UK dependency of the Channel Islands, plus the counties of Bedfordshire and Berkshire in England, and finished off the month with the Canadian province of Alberta. We added 74 new listings to the site and deleted 21, for a net increase of 53 listings and 68 pools. It was a busy and productive month.

We're on to Massachusetts, Rhode Island, and Connecticut in September, then it's back to the German states of Lower Saxony and Mecklenburg-West Pomerania.

Somewhere along the line, we're going to need to update the "About Us", "FAQ", and other "wrap-around" sections of the site, we're just not sure when...

Database Statistics:

As of August 31, 2019, the database lists 24,627 swimming facilities in 204 countries and 13,525 cities. In total, those facilities have 26,802 full-size, year-round pools (as we define those terms in our FAQ).

There are now 7,618 listings in the United States, 2,314 in the United Kingdom, 1,590 in France, 1,488 in Germany, 1,439 in Spain, 1,121 in Italy, 1,011 in Canada, 903 in Australia, 885 in Japan, and 618 in Poland.


What's New as of July 31, 2019

Date Posted: 8/1/2019 4:40:13 PM

July Site News:

Google Maps Fees:

July GoogleAds revenue exceeded Google's charges for using its mapping service by $32.78. Changes made to the site to reduce our calls on Google Maps and, hopefully, reduce their charges do not appear to have been particularly successful. While our net was better in July than in previous months, that was probably due more to heat waves around the world than to the changes we made.

You can help to maintain free access to Swimmers Guide by making a contribution to our GoFundMe campaign.

July Database News:

In July, we added our first listings in Kyrgyzstan (11 of them) and in Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, expanding our coverage to a total of 204 countries!

We began our review of the listings in the state of New South Wales, Australia, at the end of June and have made it about two-thirds through the 280-some listings there.

As we mentioned some years ago, we relaxed the listing requirements for pools in Australia because their summer swimming season is longer than most places in the Northern Hemisphere and there are a lot of pools that were not being listed that we thought you'd like to know about.

One of our concerns about relaxing listing requirements is that in the old site format, it was difficult to "flag" a listing that was included on an exception basis. When we changed the site in August, 2018, however, we were able to add a field into the map dot text and the list of listings beneath the maps, in color, to highlight pools that may be outside the norm for Swimmers Guide listings. So, as we go through the listings now, we're making sure to include text such as "Open from October through March" to let you know that the pool is not open for eight months of the year - the standard for the rest of the world.

And, as we've been going through the listings, we also brought that treatment to the pools that are "Ocean Enclosures", as those unheated facilities may be open year-round, but call for stiffer mettle than most of us can call on in the colder, winter months. While we were at it, we also did a bit of research on sea water temperatures in the vicinities of our listed ocean enclosures and added that information to their listings. Depending on the depth of the pool and the prevailing weather conditions, the water in an ocean enclosure may be a couple of degrees warmer or cooler than the sea from which its water is drawn but now we can give you some idea of what you might be facing if you want to try one out.

When we finish reviewing our New South Wales listings, we'll head over to the UK to check out the Channel Islands and a few counties in England, to bring them up-to-date. Then it's back to Massachusetts (and maybe Rhode Island), before returning to Germany, where we'll tackle Hessen, Lower Saxony, and Mecklenburg-West Pomerania.

Database Statistics:

As of July 31, 2019, the database lists 24,574 swimming facilities in 204 countries and 13,495 cities. In total, those facilities have 26,734 full-size, year-round pools (as we define those terms in our FAQ).

There are now 7,609 listings in the United States, 2,315 in the United Kingdom, 1,590 in France, 1,470 in Germany, 1,439 in Spain, 1,121 in Italy, 1,006 in Canada, 885 in Japan, 890 in Australia, and 618 in Poland.


A July Mid-month Update

Date Posted: 7/16/2019 4:08:28 PM

Regular user will have noted a significant change to the Swimmers Guide website. Last night, July 15, we eliminated the maps on the Home Page and at the top of each of the facility listing pages. The reason for the change was entirely economic. At the beginning of the year, Google started charging websites that use its maps a fee for every hit on its mapping application. While they allow a generous $200 per month credit against the fees to be charged, our site has been calling on Google so often that our monthly charges have been approaching our monthly Google Ads revenue.

We are still using Google Maps but, in a cost saving measure, we have eliminated unnecessary, automatic calls to the mapping application. Now, on the Home Page, "Find a pool near me" will not appear unless you have your browser set to allow its location service to determine where you are in real time. If the location services feature is not enabled, only the "Enter a location to search here" search box will appear. Irrespective of your browser's settings, however, no map will appear until you decide whether you want to find a pool near you, in by clicking on the "Find a pool near me" bar or you enter another location in the text space "Enter a location to search here". As soon as you make your choice, the page will come back with a map that has the pools pinpointed, as before.

We have also eliminated the small, large-scale maps at the top of each pool's listing details page. This eliminates an unnecessary, automatic call to Google Maps that was a nice touch but, because the map was so small, it was useful only to people familiar with the immediate area of the facility. The clickable, small-scale "Targeted Google Map Link" in the Location section of each listing still works, costs the site nothing if you click on it, and was built in a way to put the location in the context of the entire community where the pool is located. If you're a traveler, you probably know roughly where you are on a map of the city or town, the Targeted Google Map Lind will take you to a map that shows the facility's location pinpointed on a map that shows the entire town or city.

We hope that the changes will save us A LOT of money without inconveniencing our users. If it does, we have a few more changes we're discussing with our programmer. If it doesn't, the future of the site is in serious jeopardy. Stay tuned...


What's New as of June 30, 2019

Date Posted: 7/1/2019 2:40:04 PM

Sad News:

I don't think Swimmers Guide had been online for more than a month or two, back in 1996, when I first heard from Charlie van der Horst. One of the types of people for whom the site was designed, Charlie traveled a lot and swam a lot. He was also extraordinarily generous: When he found a pool that wasn't on the site, he was always willing to take the time to let us know about it, so we could add it. When he swam somewhere already on the site, he sent updates, contacts for Masters swim teams, and succinct and helpful reviews. His contributions to the site, one way or another, covered hundreds of pools in the United States, Europe, Israel, and Africa.

When I moved to Raleigh, NC, in 1997, I found out from the local newspaper that Charlie was a medical doctor, UNC Chapel Hill Medical School professor, and a prominent AIDS/HIV researcher. His work wasn't limited to the classroom or the laboratory, he also worked with patients in South Africa and Malawi.

After 2010, when North Carolina took a political turn to return to the social and economic policies that would have made George III proud, Charlie joined the Moral Monday Demonstrations and got himself arrested protesting our General Assembly's wrong-headed approach to just about everything, but especially the ignorant, purely political decision to not take advantage of the Medicaid expansion available under The Affordable Care Act, i.e., Obamacare.

Charlie died from what is believed to have been a cardiac event on June 14, while participating in a marathon swimming event in the Hudson River, in New York/New Jersey.

Although we spent 20 years or more living within 25 miles of each other, I never met Charlie. And I regret that. What I regret even more, tho', is that his life was cut off before its time. For more about this amazing individual, see his Raleigh News & Observer Obituary.

June Site News:

Google Maps Fees:

June GoogleAds revenue exceeded Google's charges for using its mapping service by $23.04.

You can help to maintain free access to Swimmers Guide by making a contribution to our GoFundMe campaign.

June Database News:

In June, we added our first listings in Tajikistan and Turkmenistan, expanding our coverage to a total of 202 countries! Looking at the map in that general area of the world, we see that there are a number of "stans", Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan, etc. that we haven't found a pool in, yet. We'll try to make some time in the next few weeks to correct the oversight.

We finished going through the list of swimming pools in Poland that we had received in May, adding another 118 listings in that country. Including May's additions, we added 224 listings there bringing the total to 614.

We then went back to British Columbia to complete the review and update that had been interrupted by the Polish diversion. Then we did the states of New Hampshire and Vermont, in the United States, and Brandenburg, Bremen & Bremerhaven, and Hamburg in Germany.

We're going to take a look at New South Wales in Australia, next, followed by the Channel Islands and a few counties in England, to bring them up-to-date.

Database Statistics:

As of June 30, 2019, the database lists 24,510 swimming facilities in 202 countries and 13,461 cities. In total, those facilities have 26,644 full-size, year-round pools (as we define those terms in our FAQ).

There are now 7,606 listings in the United States, 2,316 in the United Kingdom, 1,589 in France, 1,472 in Germany, 1,432 in Spain, 1,121 in Italy, 1,006 in Canada, 885 in Japan, 867 in Australia, and 614 in Poland.


What's New as of May 31, 2019

Date Posted: 6/1/2019 2:15:29 PM

May Site News:

Google Maps Fees:

May GoogleAds revenue exceeded Google's charges for using its mapping service by $20.64.

You can help to maintain free access to Swimmers Guide by making a contribution to our GoFundMe campaign.

May Database News:

Well, we finished reviewing the listings in the German states of Bavaria and Berlin, then knocked off Canada's Yukon and Northwest Territories. We had a good start going with British Columbia, when a fellow from Poland sent us a PDF copy of a report titled "Plywalnie Kryte W Polsce Inwentaryzacja Bazy Sportowej" or, in English "Swimming Pools in Poland: An Inventory of the Sport's Base". The report, which was prepared by the Polish Ministry of Sports and Tourism in April, 2015, actually has a complete list of every swimming pool in the country, including street addresses and reasonably good guidance as to the size of each pool.

So we began plugging the addresses into the Google Maps search box to see what we could find. And we found a LOT! We've been through 32 pages of the 69 page pool list (covering 6 of Poland's 16 provinces), so far, and we've picked up 116 new listings. We don't know how many more we'll get from that list, but we're going to finish checking out every one, before we go back to finishing-up British Columbia or starting New Hampshire, Vermont, and Massachusetts. Our guess it it'll take about 15 or 20 days...

Database Statistics:

As of May 31, 2019, the database lists 24,375 swimming facilities in 200 countries and 13,371 cities. In total, those facilities have 26,503 full-size, year-round pools (as we define those terms in our FAQ).

There are now 7,608 listings in the United States, 2,316 in the United Kingdom, 1,589 in France, 1,470 in Germany, 1,432 in Spain, 1,121 in Italy, 1,006 in Canada, 885 in Japan, 867 in Australia, and 506 in Poland, which pushed the Netherlands with 403 into the eleventh position in the Swimmers Guide "Top Ten".


What's New as of April 30, 2019

Date Posted: 5/1/2019 4:38:28 PM

April Site News:

Google Maps Fees:

We mentioned, last month, that Google had started charging us for the use of Google Maps on the Swimmers Guide website. Our agreements with Google preclude us from disclosing any information about what Google Ads pays us, but they don't preclude us from telling you that the difference between what Google pays us for the ads we run on our site and the amount that Google charges us to use Google Maps was $11.64 for the month of April. That's not a typo, folks, you read it right $11.64!

You can help to maintain free access to Swimmers Guide by making a contribution to our GoFundMe campaign.

April Database News:

We're currently working on our second-round review of the listings in Germany. So far, we've been able to review all of the listings in Baden-Württemberg and about half the listings in Bavaria. Although our monthly statistics, below, indicate no change in the number of listings in Germany, that's a bit misleading; we've been weeding-out listings of facilities that are unsuitable for lap swimming and probably shouldn't have been included, in the first place.

Recognizing that the bulk of our users are in English-speaking countries and being aware of the fact that it's taking a long time to go through all of the listings world-wide, we've begun a third-round review of the listings in the major English-speaking countries - even as we work through the second round of reviews of listings in non-English speaking countries. The objective is to minimize the amount of stale data in the sections of the database that are most frequently accessed.

Accordingly, in April, we completed our third-round review of the listings in Maine and the Australian Capital Territory. Our next stop, after completing the review of Bavaria will be to move on to Canada, taking on one or two provinces before heading to New Hampshire and Vermont.

Database Statistics:

As of April 30, 2019, the database lists 24,244 swimming facilities in 200 countries and 13,290 cities. In total, those facilities have 26,361 full-size, year-round pools (as we define those terms in our FAQ).

There are now 7,603 listings in the United States, 2,315 in the United Kingdom, 1,588 in France, 1,470 in Germany, 1,432 in Spain, 1,120 in Italy, 1,005 in Canada, 885 in Japan, 867 in Australia, and 403 in the Netherlands.


What's New as of March 31, 2019

Date Posted: 4/1/2019 3:23:06 PM

March Site News:

Another Year Gone By:

The first edition of the book that formed the basis of the Swimmers Guide website was published in March, 1993, and the website, itself, went online in March, 1996; so March marks the 26th anniversary of Swimmers Guide and the 23rd anniversary of its online presence.

Google Maps Fees:

Have you noticed that a lot of websites, other than our own, are showing partly-shaded Google Maps on their "How to Find Us" pages? Did you wonder what went wrong? Well, I'll tell you: Google has started charging websites that include Google Maps for the privilege. If a site has a Google Map on its website  and hasn't made arrangements for Google to collect its fees, that map is being shaded out and largely disabled. And it's not just the big, corporate sites that are subject to the charges, it's every site! They allow up to $200 of free use but, if a site uses more than $200 worth of maps data, the website operator is charged for the excess. We knew the charges were coming, but we didn't know how much it would cost us - if anything. January and February's charges were minimal, but they socked it to us  in March, eating up a substantial portion of our advertising revenue.

We'll be keeping an eye on the charges as time goes by, and we may be compelled to revise certain aspects of the site to reduce our costs, but users should be aware that these new charges are jeopardizing our ability to continue maintaining the site as a free resource for all users.

You can help to maintain free access to Swimmers Guide by making a contribution to our GoFundMe campaign.

Country Notes on Facebook:

We made our second "Country Notes" posting to our Facebook page in March. If you're going swimming in Spain (or France, the subject of our first note) click HERE. There will be more.

March Database News:

We finished reviewing all of our listings in the state of Virginia in March - Virginia was the last of the U.S. states to be re-examined in this second, full-database review, which began in November, 2014. Now we're working on the listings in Germany. We're managing to get through about ten or eleven listings per day, on average. Even though we don't speak the language, German websites are pretty easy to negotiate using the Google Translation service and German sites are incredibly complete in terms of the data we think is important for a listing; we have to send very few emails to collect missing data.

In March, we added only 18 new listings (net) to the site, but there were some good ones, including one in El Segundo, that will be of interest to our Southern California readership. Check out the El Segundo Wiseburn Aquatics Center listing for full information.

We're half-way through the German state of Baden-Württemberg; when we're finished there, we'll go back to Maine to begin the cycle of U.S. states, then to Bavaria in Germany, then to Massachusetts, etc.

Database Statistics:

As of March 31, 2019, the database lists 24,224 swimming facilities in 200 countries and 13,289 cities. In total, those facilities have 26,335 full-size, year-round pools (as we define those terms in our FAQ).

There are now 7,602 listings in the United States, 2,314 in the United Kingdom, 1,588 in France, 1,470 in Germany, 1,426 in Spain, 1,120 in Italy, 1,005 in Canada, 881 in Japan, 868 in Australia, and 403 in the Netherlands.

 


What's New as of February 26, 2019

Date Posted: 2/27/2019 2:05:45 AM

February Site News:

Early Closing:

We're off on a quick trip to visit family beginning on February 27, so we're moving the month-end closing up a couple of days, to February 26.

Country Notes:

One of the enhancements we had hoped to bring to the site in our last update was a list of Notes for travelers that would show up under the "Facility Notes" section of the listing to give swimmers some 'helpful hints' about customs in the listing country that might surprise visitors from elsewhere. When we ran out of money for the programming, we had to ditch the idea. Then it occurred to us that we could use our Swimmers Guide Facebook page to do that. We made our first posting, about swimming in France, in February. To check it out, click HERE.

February Database News:

We're continuing on the second, complete review of every listing in the database that we began in 2014. We've completed the reviews of Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, the United Kingdom, Ireland, Canada, Belgium, the Netherlands, Luxembourg, France, Spain, and Portugal. We're now working on reviewing the listings in the US state of Virginia, then will return to do Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Italy...

In February, we added 49 new listings (net) to the site. We finished the last 70 (of 330) listings in Portugal then, as promised, we got into Virginia, the last of the 50 U.S. states to be reviewed in this go-round. We're more than half-way through the 216 listings in Virginia.

Because listings in the United States are the most numerous and because the vast majority of our site users are in the US, we'll go back to New England and re-start checking the US listings again, between the European countries. Germany has almost 1,500 listings, so we may do one or two federal states there, then jump to a US state, then do another German federal state or two... so the US listings don't get so stale.

Database Statistics:

As of February 26, 2019, the database lists 24,206 swimming facilities in 200 countries and 13,284 cities. In total, those facilities have 26,306 full-size, year-round pools (as we define those terms in our FAQ).

There are now 7,598 listings in the United States, 2,311 in the United Kingdom, 1,589 in France, 1,469 in Germany, 1,426 in Spain, 1,119 in Italy, 1,006 in Canada, 881 in Japan, 867 in Australia, and 403 in the Netherlands.


What's New as of January 31, 2019

Date Posted: 2/1/2019 2:08:00 AM

January Site News:

Site outages:

Regular users of the site may have noticed occasional "500 Internal server error" messages. We think we've tracked down the problem and we're hopeful that we've fixed it but, if it happens to you, please contact us as we are not always online and/or may not have experienced the problem. Use the "Messages" tool on our Facebook page at: https://www.facebook.com/SwimmersGuide/ to reach us.

Advertising:

Regular users will also have noticed that we made some changes to the advertisements on the site in January. We dropped the Amazon Ads, because Amazon pays only when users actually purchase products using the links - and you all didn't purchase much (mild understatement) over the several months we hosted the Amazon Ads. We replaced them with Google Ads, which pay us "per click"; and we added another (3rd) Google Ad at the top of the listing pages, but not the home page. We're sorry we felt it necessary to do that, but a model where a website brings in a dollar or so a day yet requires the full-time commitment of its webmaster plus tens of thousands of dollars in programming and infrastructure costs is not sustainable. As much as we hate having to subject you to so many ads, we are not a charitable operation - someone has to pay the bills to keep the site going and growing...

January Database News:

We added 57  new listings (net) to the site in January, continuing to concentrate on reviewing all of the listings in Portugal, where we have 70 listings (out of 320) to go. Then, as promised, we'll get into Virginia (the last of the 50 U.S. states to be reviewed in this go-round), then on to Germany, Austria, Switzerland, ...

Database Statistics:

As of January 31, 2019, the database lists 24,157 swimming facilities in 200 countries and 13,259 cities. In total, those facilities have 26,250 full-size, year-round pools (as we define those terms in our FAQ).

There are now 7,590 listings in the United States, 2,310 in the United Kingdom, 1,590 in France, 1,457 in Germany, 1,424 in Spain, 1,119 in Italy, 1,006 in Canada, 881 in Japan, 867 in Australia, and 402 in the Netherlands.


What's New as of December 31, 2018

Date Posted: 1/1/2019 6:21:18 PM

December Site News:

In December, we added ten new countries to the site: Bhutan, Burundi, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Mali, Mauritania, Rwanda, Sierra Leone, Somalia, and South Sudan. We now have coverage in 200 countries around the world!

We added 76  new listings (net) to the site in December, but somewhere among them was our 24,000th and we found another 100 after that, bringing the total number of listings to 24,100!

During the month we concentrated on updating the listings in Portugal, where we now have 315 listings.

After Portugal, we'll get into Virginia (the last of the 50 U.S. states to be reviewed in this go-round), then on to Germany, Austria, Switzerland, ...

Database Statistics:

As of December 31, 2018, the database lists 24,100 swimming facilities in 200 countries and 13,240 cities. In total, those facilities have 26,186 full-size, year-round pools (as we define those terms in our FAQ).

There are now 7,585 listings in the United States, 2,305 in the United Kingdom, 1,591 in France, 1,454 in Germany, 1,423 in Spain, 1,118 in Italy, 1,006 in Canada, 881 in Japan, 863 in Australia, and, 402 in the Netherlands.

2018 Overview:

In 2018, we reviewed 3,675 of the now 24,100 listings on the site. We added about 1,300 facilities, but had to delete 200 that had closed or no longer met the site's listing criteria. We added listings in 21 new countries and 539 new cities.

In September, after approximately five months of work, we debuted a completely new version of the site, which combined the best features of the previous version's menu and map-based interfaces. There were a number of additional enhancements we would like to have incorporated, but we ran out of money.


What's New as of November 30, 2018

Date Posted: 12/1/2018 1:16:47 AM

The Site Update

The site is now stable and operating as it should.

There are some enhancements we'd like to add, but we've already spent far more than we've received in GoFundMe contributions (see link above), so we're pausing our upgrade program until we (or you) have caught up.

One example of what we'd like to do is to add to the listings are "Geographic Notes" - something along the lines of the "Facility Notes", but geared to letting foreign travelers know about swimming customs that may differ from what they're used to at home. For example, most pools in France won't let a gentleman swim in boxer-style swim trunks. Japanese swimming pools won't let you swim if you have a tattoo that isn't covered by a bandage. Greek swimming pools usually require multiple medical certifications (general health, dermatologist, and sometimes even gynecological certifications) before allowing you to swim.

It would be nice to be able to tell summer visitors where they may be able to find out about seasonal pools in cities they may be visiting.

It is not practical or efficient to enter that sort of information into every listing individually, but an upgrade to the database and the addition of some code to the listing template could be easily (but not inexpensively) arranged.

Please $end money through the GoFundMe campaign, so we can give you the best site possible.

November Site News:

In November we added six new countries to the site: Angola, the Central African Republic, the Republic of Congo, Djibouti, Liberia, and Sudan. We now have coverage in 190 countries around the world!

We added only 52 new listings (net) to the site in November, but somewhere among them was our 24,000th!

During the month we completed a review of all the listings in the US states of Tennessee and North Carolina and we're now working on updating the listings in Portugal.

After Portugal, which has only 304 listings, we'll get into Virginia (the last of the 50 U.S. states to be reviewed in this go-round), then on to Germany, Austria, Switzerland, ...

Database Statistics:

As of November 30, 2018, the database lists 24,024 swimming facilities in 190 countries and 13,201 cities. In total, those facilities have 26,105 full-size, year-round pools (as we define those terms in our FAQ).

There are now 7,573 listings in the United States, 2,304 in the United Kingdom, 1,591 in France, 1,454 in Germany, 1,422 in Spain, 1,118 in Italy, 1,006 in Canada, 881 in Japan, 854 in Australia, and, 402 in the Netherlands.


What's New as of October 31, 2018

Date Posted: 11/30/2018 5:08:57 PM

The Site Update

Well, it looks like we've gotten all the bugs out of the new website, but If you come across a glitch or something that doesn't work quite right, please let us know.

October Site News:

In October we added two new countries to the site: Albania and Kosovo. We had gone a couple of years without adding a new country to the site, then had three in September and two in October. Nice!

We added 112 new listings (net) in twenty-one other countries in October. In addition to the new listings in Albania and Kosovo, there were also adds in: Australia, Bulgaria, Canada, Chile, China (Republic of), Czechia, France, Germany, Greece, Italy, Japan, Korea, Laos, Norway, Philippines, Portugal, Romania, Spain, Thailand, the United Kingdom, and the United States. The country with the largest number of additions this month was Romania, with 34 new listings, bringing their total to 58.

In the database, we changed the name of the country formally known as the Czech Republic, to Czechia. The government of the Czech Republic recommended use of the shorter version of the name in April, 2016, but we didn't pick up on it until recently.

During the month we finished up our review of all the listings in Spain and completed a review of the listings in the US state of South Carolina.

We're just started reviewing the listings in Tennessee and North Carolina, and then will move on to Portugal, Virginia, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, ...

Database Statistics:

As of October 31, 2018, the database lists 23,972 swimming facilities in 184 countries and 13,174 cities. In total, those facilities have 26,044 full-size, year-round pools (as we define those terms in our FAQ).

There are now 7,557 listings in the United States, 2,304 in the United Kingdom, 1,591 in France, 1,454 in Germany, 1,421 in Spain, 1,117 in Italy, 1,006 in Canada, 880 in Japan, 854 in Australia, and, 402 in the Netherlands.


What's New as of September 30, 2018

Date Posted: 10/1/2018 12:41:45 AM

The Site Update

On August 31, we finally got the new Swimmers Guide website online. Nine months worth of work and $33,000 of cash ($630 of which was generously contributed by users of the site) had given us an updated to current-standards site that we hope will serve for another five or six years.

The update didn't go entirely without a hitch. After a few days online, we realized that the list of pools that was supposed to be sorted by distance from your location was sorted as text, not as numbers. What does that mean? Well, if you have a series of numbers like this: 0, 1, 2, 3, 10, 20, 25, 30, 100, 200, 300, 1,000; that's a numerical sort in ascending order. But, if you sort those same numbers as text, it comes out like this: 0, 1, 10, 100, 1000, 2, 25, 200, 3, 30, 300. And that's how the lists were sorted. Not good! It was a week before we noticed the problem, but we finally did and got it straightened out.

We also received a couple of Add-A-Pool user recommendations for pools that were already on the site and clearly showing up on the maps. We couldn't understand how they missed the listings, but a follow-up with one of the users let us know that we had an unexpected compatibility issue with the Internet Explorer browser that needed to be fixed - and was.

Most surprising, however, was what has happened to the little bit of click-revenue that we make from the site: it fell off a cliff! Admittedly, people are more likely to be looking for pools in August than in September, but the decrease was precipitous - roughly 50%.

So we added some Amazon ads. We should have gotten a four-panel, single-row advertisement, but we got an eight-panel, double row ad, which takes up way too much space; and the ads were placed poorly on the page - right after the "Facility Overview" section and before the "Adult Admission Price & Policy" section. The placement problem has been resolved, but the double-row problem persists. We're still working on that.

All of the foregoing notwithstanding, overall, the site is much more useful and more stable than it had been in the past. If we can generate some more revenue, we'll consider digging into the next level of site enhancements.

September Site News:

In September we added three new countries to the 179 countries we've had on the site for years and years; the new countries are all in Africa: Chad, Eritrea, and Niger.

And we added more 170 new listings in twenty other countries, as well: Argentina, Australia, Canada, the People's Republic of China, Costa Rica, the Czech Republic (Czechia), Greece, Hungary, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, Lithuania, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Portugal, Romania, Serbia, Spain, Switzerland, Tanzania, the United Kingdom, and the United States.

Just under half of the new swimming pools we found this month were in the United States, where we zoomed past the 7,500 listings mark. We had a few in the UK, too, bringing us to more than 2,300 listings there. And Canada also had some new listings, bringing the number there to over 1,000, for the first time.

We also completed our review of the listings in the US state of Georgia.

We'll be headed back to Spain, now, to review the listings in the provinces whose names begin with "T". There are only 150 pools left to review in Spain - out of 1,411, so the end of the reviews in that country is within sight. From there it's on to Portugal, then on to Germany, Switzerland, Austria, Italy...

Database Statistics:

As of September 30, 2018, the database listed 23,860 swimming facilities in 182 countries and 13,121 cities. In total, those facilities have 25,920 full-size, year-round pools (as we define those terms in our FAQ).

There are now 7,538 listings in the United States, 2,303 in the United Kingdom, 1,590 in France, 1,453 in Germany, 1,412 in Spain, 1,116 in Italy, 1,003 in Canada, 878 in Japan, 852 in Australia, and, 402 in the Netherlands.


New Site Announcement!

Date Posted: 8/31/2018 5:37:14 PM

At Last!

After almost nine months of work and two sets of programmers, one successful and one not, we're pleased to present the most recent revision of the Swimmers Guide website. How does this version differ from earlier versions and how does it work? 

First of all, the new site is much more smart phone friendly than the old one. Pages, text, and maps resize and reposition themselves more legibly and sensibly than they did on the old site. The text stays within its borders and the borders extend to the edges of the pages. We also moved the Google Ads (you know, those annoying little things that have made keeping this site online for 22 years possible) from the side panels to the top and bottom of the page and changed them from a vertical to a horizontal orientation, making them somewhat less annoying. 

Here's a screenshot of the new home page, centered on my location, when I captured it:

Swimmers Guide Home Page Mobile Screen shot

 

The old, text-driven, drop-down, geographic selection menu is gone. For users who have enabled location services in their browsers, instead of going through a multi-step, drill-down exercise to find the listings, the home page will automatically display a map centered on your location, surrounded by pins marking the locations of the fifty listings closest to you (some zooming/resizing may be required). Those pins will be the same as the ones on the map-based interface on the old site (access color-coded, pool size indicated, and clickable for a "snapshot view" of the listing).

Users who have not enabled location services in their browsers will be taken to a map of the United States, centered in the middle, with no locations displayed. They'll have to either change their settings or type their addresses in the type-text field next to the words "Find a pool near me"

I have location services enabled on my PC and here's what <i>my</i> Swimmers Guide home page map with one of the listings selected looks like:

North Raleigh Map

If I click on "Read More", it will open the A.E. Finely YMCA's Swimmers Guide listing in a new tab on my browser. If you have used the map-based interface on the old site, you'll recognize this. Using the + and - signs in the lower right corner of the map, you can zoom in or zoom out. Placing your cursor on the map and holding down the button on your cursor, you can move the map to see what's around the current viewing area. Note, however, that zooming and moving the map will not cause the map to show any more than the fifty listings closest to the center point.

 A new feature of the site can be seen in the area beneath the map. There, you'll see a table very similar to the one you used to see after you had drilled-down to a city or town with more than one pool.

North Raleigh Pool List

Initially, the table will display information for only the first ten listings. but you can use the "Show __ entries" drop-down located directly above the table to make it display 10, 25, or all 50 listings on that same map. Or you can use the "Previous 1 2 3 4 5 Next" to see the next 10 listings (#11 - #20), the ten listings after that [#21 - #30], etc.

 This table differs from the "Listings in [City or Town] in several ways. First of all, it shows the distance to the pool from the Center Point of the map in the left column, then it shows the name of the each facility (including its Neighborhood or District, if we have that data in the listing), followed by the City and State where each facility is located. After that, the columns in the new table are the same as the old: Primary Pool (length); Public Access (yes, no, ?); Hotel Access; and Team (types). The list is initially set to sort by the distance from where you are to the pools in ascending order (closest, first)

 Click on the name of a facility you'd like to know more about and the Swimmers Guide facility listing detail page will open in a new browser tab.

 Note that, instead of showing the postal or ZIP Code, we're now showing the city and state where the facility is located, because the list isn't based on the listings in one city, it's based on the listings within whatever radius takes in the fifty listings closest to the center point. Although the ten listings closest to me are all in Raleigh, NC, within the next forty, there are listings in Rolesville, Cary, Morissville, Garner, Durham, Chapel Hill, Hillsborough, Smithfield... you get the point.

 As with the old site, the displayed list can be sorted and resorted by clicking on the heading of the columns in the table. There's also a search tool on the right side of the page between the map and the table.

 Check the page footer and you can see the number of facilities, the number of pools (some facilities have more than one pool), the number of cities with listings, and the number of countries with listings in the entire Swimmers Guide in real time!

 The Facility listing pages that you reach by clicking on the "Read More" text in a map point or the facility name has had some minor, cosmetic changes and caption changes, but the only significant change has been the addition of a small, expandable map at the top of the listing, which you can see here:

 View of the top of the new listing detail page

 The biggest changes have been made behind the scenes, the coding and database have been updated and upgraded significantly to last at least a few more years - until some whiz-bang engineers come up with something newer, better, more complex, and - of course - incompatible with everything that has gone before. Progress - Can't live with it, can't live without it...

 

Other News of Note

We've rewritten the About Us section and are working on the FAQ.

 

What's Next?

 There's a lot more we want to accomplish with the site - the Stats section needs a good cleaning-up and we'd like to make the site multilingual so we can collect more information from out non-English language speaking audience, but we haven't exactly been overwhelmed with contributions to pay for additional work, so we may sit back for a while and see how things sort out.


End of Month Report for August, 2018

Date Posted: 8/30/2018 4:56:18 PM

Site News as of August, 2018:

Update on the Site Update

We're doing this monthly site report a day early, so we can concentrate on the introduction of the new website tomorrow, August 31!

August Site Activity:

During August, we added 33 new listings and lost 7, for a net gain of 26. We also spent two weeks sailing from St. Petersburg to Moscow on a Viking Cruise, which explains why we got so little done.

When we weren't traveling or adding new listings, we were doing tests of the new website's administrative tools to be sure that the information you send us will continue to reach us properly and so we can get that information into the listing with the least delay.

Database Statistics:

As of August 30, 2018, the database listed 23,704 swimming facilities in 179 countries and 13,068 cities. In total, those facilities have 25,710 full-size, year-round pools (as we define those terms in our FAQ).

There are now 7,462 listings in the United States, 2,294 in the United Kingdom, 1,590 in France, 1,453 in Germany, 1,399 in Spain, 1,109 in Italy, 993 in Canada, 877 in Japan, 849 in Australia, and, 401 in the Netherlands.


End of Month Report for July, 2018

Date Posted: 8/1/2018 9:04:16 PM

Site News as of July, 2018:

Update on the Site Update

We continue working with our programmer to redesign and rebuild the site. We're working feverishly on the Add A Pool section of the site and the Add and Edit features within the listings - probably the most complex features of the site - and, when they're done, we'll bring the new site online.

We're hoping to get that done before August 7, when we're leaving on a two week vacation that will leave us pretty much out of reach.

July Site Activity:

During July, we added 55 new listings and lost 10, for a net gain of 45.

We continued working entirely in Spain in July, finishing up Murcia Province and getting through Navarre, Ourense, Palencia, Pontevedra, Salamanca, Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Saragossa, Segovia, Seville, and Soria Provinces - about 250 listings, in all.

We didn't get to South Carolina, Tennessee, or North Carolina, but will try to get through at least one or two of them before and after our vacation.

A lot of what we can get done depends on how much time we have to spend working with the programmers.

Database Statistics:

As of July 31, 2018, the database listed 23,678 swimming facilities in 179 countries and 13,040 cities. In total, those facilities have 25,710 full-size, year-round pools (as we define those terms in our FAQ).

There are now 7,465 listings in the United States, 2,295 in the United Kingdom, 1,590 in France, 1,453 in Germany, 1,399 in Spain, 1,109 in Italy, 993 in Canada, 877 in Japan, 849 in Australia, and, 401 in the Netherlands.


End of Month Report for June, 2018

Date Posted: 6/30/2018 9:07:13 PM

Site News as of June 30, 2018:

Update on the Site Update

We continue working with our programmer to redesign and rebuild the site. Last month we gave you a preview of the Home Page, with a screen shot of the map and table of the pools in the area surrounding Arlington, Texas. This month we'll show you a sample of what one of the new listings will look like. For this exercise, we've chosen one of our favorite listings, the HBF Stadium (formerly known as the Challenge Stadium) in Mount Claremont, Perth Metropolitan Area, in Western Australia Screen shot of HBF Stadium listing:

We're working on the Add A Pool section of the site and the Add and Edit features within the listings - probably the most complex features of the site - and, when they're done, we'll bring the new site online.

June Site Activity:

During June, we added 78 new listings and lost 29, for a net gain of 49.

We completed our review of the 429 listings in Florida, after which we returned to Spain, where we completed reviewing the listings in Murcia and are half-way through the listings in Navarre. We'll finish up Navarre and Ourense provinces, then return to the US to review South Carolina and North Carolina. After that, it's back to Spain for Palencia and Pontevedra Provinces.

Database Statistics:

As of June 30, 2018, the database listed 23,634 swimming facilities in 179 countries and 13,022 cities. In total, those facilities have 25,663 full-size, year-round pools (as we define those terms in our FAQ).

There are now 7,458 listings in the United States, 2,295 in the United Kingdom, 1,590 in France, 1,453 in Germany, 1,371 in Spain, 1,108 in Italy, 993 in Canada, 875 in Japan, 848 in Australia, and, 401 in the Netherlands.


End of Month Report for May, 2018

Date Posted: 6/1/2018 1:16:44 AM

Site News as of May 31, 2018:

Update on the Site Update

We had several conferences with the site's new programmer and we're well on the way to updating the code and improving the functionality of the site.

The "Home Page" has been completely redesigned and the menu and free-text search modes will be eliminated; the site will now open with a map centered on the user's current location with the green, yellow, and red pool markers for the closest 50 listed facilities will be automatically displayed.

If you're looking to find a pool in another city or country, you'll be able to enter the other location data into a search box and the map will refresh centered on the selected location, with a new list of the closest 50 listed facilities.

In addition to the map display, a table very similar to the table that now appears as "Pools in [City Name]" in the soon-to-be-discontinued "Map-Based Search" tool will appear on the same page, beneath the map. It will differ from the current table in that each listing's line will begin with its distance from the center point of the map and a column has been added to show the name of the city and state or province of the listing. It will have the "Primary Pool Length" column, "Yes" and "No" column for public access, the column to show whether the pool is in or has a preferred access arrangement with a hotel, and the column showing the types of swim teams and clubs included in the listing.

The pool's "Neighborhood" will appear underneath its name, instead of having its own column, and the "Postal Code" column, which had been included as a primary-sort tool has been eliminated and pools will initially be sorted by their distance from the map's center point.

As with the current version of the site, all columns in the table will be sortable, so you'll be able to sort the pools alphabetically by name, by pool length, by whether they're accessible to the public, etc.

Here's a screen shot of what the new Home Page looks like, with the search centered on Arlington, Texas:

We're almost finished with the Home Page, I've made what I hope are my last requests for changes there and the programmer is turning to the facility detail page. While I do not expect that page to look significantly different from what we have now, the fact that everything has to be rewritten in updated code and the fact that the "Add" and "Edit" tools are so involved, it will probably be a while before we're ready to go live with the new replacement site. Time will tell.

May Site Activity:

May was a relatively quiet month for the site. We added only 67 new listings and lost 20, for a net gain of 47.

We concentrated most of our efforts for the month to the existing listings in the Spanish provinces of Madrid, Malaga, and Melilla (which resulted in the addition of 28 listings in that country. We also reviewed all of our listings in the U.S. states of Mississippi and Alabama, and started working in Florida.

In June, we'll continue with Florida, then try to cover a couple of more Spanish provinces. We'll also be rewriting the "About Us" and "FAQ" sections of the site.

Database Statistics:

As of May 31, 2018, the database listed 23,585 swimming facilities in 179 countries and 13,006 cities. In total, those facilities have 25,605 full-size, year-round pools (as we define those terms in our FAQ).

There are now 7,446 listings in the United States, 2,294 in the United Kingdom, 1,589 in France, 1,453 in Germany, 1,344 in Spain, 1,107 in Italy, 993 in Canada, 875 in Japan, 848 in Australia, and, 401 in the Netherlands.


End of Month Report for April, 2018

Date Posted: 5/1/2018 9:12:23 PM

Site News as of April 30, 2018:

Update on the Site Update

As noted in the April 22 "Special Report", a new programmer has been engaged and the site has been moved from the Network Solutions server to a GoDaddy server. There were one or two small glitches that affected the "Admin." section of the site that I work with, but none impacted the "User" section, i.e., the part that you can see.

We also pointed out that we've set up a GoFundMe site at: https://www.gofundme.com/swimmersguidecom-upgradeupdate in the hope that you, dear user, will think the site sufficiently worthwhile to make a financial, non-tax deductable contribution to improve.

Since we're asking for contributions to upgrade and update the site, it's only fair that we give you some idea of what we have in mind:

The first step, stabilizing the site and reducing the number of Error messages returned by the has been accomplished, already.

The second step will be to clean-up and modernize the now six-year old code we've been using to take advantage of newer, more efficient, and more secure code. We'll also update the SQL database to something later than a 2007 version. This part of the project is underway, now.

The most interesting part of the balance of the project is implementing the enhancements we envision for the site:

You may recall that we had a different Google Map search set-up on the Home Page - one that "auto-filled" the map search box with suggested locations, as you typed in the location you wanted to find pools in. We're planning to bring that capability back. In addition:

We're going to add a legend to the map to tell you what the different color pins mean. We thought that was intuitive, but we get questions, so we'll add an explanation that, if possible, will be collapsible so it doesn't get in the way on your smart phone.

Speaking of smart phones, we also hope to make the site a lot more smart phone-friendly. Specifically, we're aiming to not automatically call up a mini-keyboard that takes up half your screen, when you're on a smart phone.

We hope to have a map with all the pools near you load as soon as you go to the "Home" page. When you open SwimmersGuide.com, it'll just be there.

We hope to indicate the center point of the map with a marker, based on your location or the place that you've requested to be mapped, and then to include an indication in the individual pools' pop-up boxes showing how far that pool is from the center point. If you put in an exact address, the name of a hotel, or something that is very specific, you'll get a very precise indication of how far it is to each pool on the map.

We want to add a whole set of tables based on the location of the pools. "National Notes" would appear in the detail information of every listing in a particular country. "State/Province Notes" would appear only in the listings for a particular state or province, but would appear in every listing in that state or province. There would also be "County/Region Notes" and "City Notes" following similar rules. What's the purpose of that?

As an example, most French swimming pools frown severely (that is, positively prohibit) men's boxer-style swimsuits - it's briefs-only in France - a national preference that no American would expect. Or, since most Icelandic swimming pools are built for a natural water "flow-through", they are often not chemically treated. Therefore, pre-swim, nude showers are required - the shower rooms may be monitored to ensure compliance - and the monitor may be of the opposite sex! On a more local level, there may be a website that lists all the pools in a particular city or county, including seasonal pools that we won't list - we want to be able to point you to those websites without typing the URL into a separate note in every listing.

None of these ideas is beyond the capabilities of a good programmer, but good programmers don't come cheap! We don't and never have charged anyone to use the site, but the money has to come from somewhere. So head on over to https://www.gofundme.com/swimmersguidecom-upgradeupdate and make a contribution! No amount is too large!

April Site Activity:

April was a reasonably productive month. We added 121 new listings and lost only nine, for a net gain of 112.

We concentrated most of our efforts for the month to reviewing the existing listings in Spain - and found 78 new ones there, in the process. We also reviewed all of our listings in the U.S. state of Louisiana and added 11 new ones there.

In May, we'll continue with Spain for a while, then try to cover a couple of more U.S. states in the southeast part of the country.

Database Statistics:

As of April 30, 2018, the database listed 23,538 swimming facilities in 179 countries and 12,978 cities. In total, those facilities have 25,546 full-size, year-round pools (as we define those terms in our FAQ).

There are now 7,434 listings in the United States, 2,293 in the United Kingdom, 1,589 in France, 1,453 in Germany, 1,316 in Spain, 1,107 in Italy, 993 in Canada, 875 in Japan, 848 in Australia, and, 401 in the Netherlands.


Special Report - April 22, 2018:

Date Posted: 4/22/2018 8:50:43 PM

Our meetings and telephone calls with the tentative new programmers we had been dealing with since February didn't come to their ultimate conclusions until Thursday, April 19, where I thanked them for their service but told them I wasn't going to move forward with the program they had proposed. I did not see that I gotten great value for the eighty programming hours I had to prepay for, and the first item on my list - stabilizing the current website - simply hadn't happened. The additional four hundred hours of programming time they proposed did not seem to be a worthwhile investment to me.

In the weeks before that meeting, I had contacted a couple of other programming outfits to discuss what needed to be done. One of them struck me as more sensible than either of the other firms I had spoken with. They recommended sticking with the asp.net format but upgrading the code and database. That approach would allow them to preserve much the "back end" or administrative side of the site, which is the most complex section - you've never seen it, but it's where I spend most of my time handling your "Edits", updating the existing listings, and adding new ones. It will still be necessary to do a lot of work updating the front end of the site, but some of that work can also be devoted to updating the look, feel, and functionality of the site.

The first step they proposed was moving the site from the Network Solutions shared server to a dedicated server on the GoDaddy platform. The move was executed on Friday, April 20, and it went off without a hitch. What's even more interesting, since the site has been on the GoDaddy server, its operation has gotten a lot smoother. There is still a "hiccup" or two, but the site is mostly operating as it should.

Meanwhile, programmers don't come cheap and I've already invested significant sums of money (not to mention time), so I've put up a GoFundMe site to solicit your contributions to the project. You can visit it at SwimmersGuide.com Upgrade/Update. Please consider contributing. Thank you.


End of Month Report for March, 2018

Date Posted: 4/1/2018 4:48:04 PM

Site News as of March 31, 2018:

Update on the Site Update

Last month, we talked a bit about an update to the site by a new group of programmers. We've had several online meetings with them, since then, but we haven't seen much that we'd count as real progress. We have a meeting with the sales rep on April 2, at which time we'll make a decision about moving forward or pulling the plug. Unless he brings something to the meeting to justify the 80 hours of programmer time we've paid for, it's likely to be the latter. We'll do an update after that meeting.

March Site Activity:

March was a reasonably productive month. We added 163 new listings and lost only ten, for a net gain of 153.

We concentrated most of our efforts for the month to the existing listings in Spain - which resulted in the addition of 118 listings in that country in March, alone. It seems that every little town in Spain has its own public, indoor swimming pool and we've been using every tool we can find to figure out where they are. As usual, Google Maps has turned out to be really helpful in this regard. We also went through the list of leads we had in Vietnam and added another ten listings there, mostly in Hanoi.

In April, we'll continue with Spain for a while, then try to cover a couple of more U.S. states in the southeast part of the country.

Database Statistics:

As of March 31, 2018, the database listed 23,426 swimming facilities in 179 countries and 12,929 cities. In total, those facilities have 25,423 full-size, year-round pools (as we define those terms in our FAQ).

There are now 7,418 listings in the United States, 2,292 in the United Kingdom, 1,587 in France, 1,453 in Germany, 1,238 in Spain, 1,106 in Italy, 993 in Canada, 875 in Japan, 847 in Australia, and, 401 in the Netherlands.