We refer to Mr Peter Khaw's letter (Why is 50m pool now only 25m?; May 29).
The Tampines Swimming Complex (TSC) at Our Tampines Hub is equipped as an international competition-class swimming facility.
One feature is the bulkhead at the competition pool, which allows the pool to host both long-course (50m) and short-course (25m) swim meets. This is similar to the OCBC Aquatic Centre, Singapore's other world-class swimming facility at the Singapore Sports Hub.
On non-competition days, the bulkhead is used to manage the 1,500 swimmers who use the TSC pools daily. To manage the numbers and ensure the safety of our swimmers, the lane management design, capitalising on the bulkhead, segregates different user profiles to optimise the overall experience.
We studied the pool usage at TSC and took in suggestions from users before implementing the current design. We take this approach at all our swimming pools, depending on the usage pattern.
The training pool continues to provide swimmers with the option of a 50m lap.
We assure Mr Khaw that we will continue to monitor feedback with the aim of optimising the layout for lane management.
TSC is shared by all members of the community. We seek everyone's understanding as we strive to find the right balance to cater to individual preferences.
Lai Chin Kwang