Swimming pools, or baths, became popular during the 19th century in Britain, around the same time that swimming emerged as a competitive sport. The Scottish Amateur Swimming Association was founded in 1888 for governing swimming and diving competitively in Scotland.   However, for the poor, swimming baths were more than a place to exercise and have fun, as they became the cheapest place to bathe. Yet, with so many people using a swimming bath a day, and no efficient water filters until the 1920s, the water soon lost its sparkle!
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