Competitive Aquatic Programming Sees Increase in 2022

Most types of competitive aquatic programming were slightly more common in 2022 than in 2021, according to the latest Aquatic Trends Survey.graph

Nearly half of respondents in 2021 (48.2%) said they hosted swim meets and competitions at their facilities, compared with 54.8% in 2022. And while 54.8% of 2021 respondents said they offered youth swim teams in their programming lineup, in 2022, 57.5% offered youth swim teams.

More than a third of respondents offered school swim teams in 2021 (35.1%) and 2022 (38.8%). Adult swim teams jumped from 17.5% in 2021 to 23.8% in 2022.

Diving and diving teams as well as water polo were slightly less common, but also saw increases from 2021 to 2022. Some 16.9% of respondents in 2021 said they offered dive teams, while 18.1% did so in 2022. And while 16.5% hosted water polo in 2021, in 2022 17.3% included water polo in their programming lineup.  

The new Aquatic Trends Report data reported here will appear in the January 2023 issue of Recreation Management magazine.

Read last year’s report.