Do I need to be able to swim?

3.0 
  • YES, for obvious safety reasons you must be able to swim as you will be entering an open water environment.
  • Our safety crews will be there to assist you if you need help.
  • However, as a guideline, we suggest you have a minimum competency of:
  • There are time limits for the swims and if you exceed them, you could be removed from the water. The time limits are:

Note: TriAthy swim race distances are TryAthy 250m, Sprint 750m, Olympic 1,500m and Double Olympic 3,000m. Click on the links to review. 

SwimAthy: To aid your race preparations we strongly recommend that you to take part in SwimAthy to test the water ahead of race day. SwimAthy takes place on Sunday 26th May 2019. The River course for all TriAthy swim legs will be in place for SwimAthy.

Can I use my surfing or shortie wetsuit?

3.0 
  • Yes. Any neoprene full body wetsuit is suitable.
  • Non-triathlon wetsuits may not be as flexible around the arms and shoulders.
  • We recommend that you precise in your wetsuit in the weeks prior to the race.

SwimAthy takes place on Sunday 26th May 2019 and is an ideal opportunity for entrants to test the water ahead of race day.

  • It is a fully marshalled event, covering the exact course but without the stress of a race environment.
  • For details see www.swimathy.com.
  • SwimAthy is open to everyone and is a favourite among athletes preparing for long distance Ironman or Challenge events who want open water experience. It is also perfectly suited to first time triathletes who want to eliminate race nerves and acclimatise themselves.

Can I use any stroke during the swim?

5.0 
  • Yes although we recommend that you swim front crawl unless you are tired or in difficulty.
  • If you need assistance, roll into a backstroke position and signal for assistance and one of our water rescue team will come to your aid immediately.
  • SwimAthy takes place on 26 May 2019 and is an ideal opportunity for entrants to test the water ahead of race day. It is a fully marshalled event, covering the exact course but without the stress of a race environment. For details see www.swimathy.com.
  • SwimAthy is open to everyone and is a favourite among athletes preparing for long distance Iron or Challenge events who want open water experience. It is also perfectly suited to first time triathletes who want to eliminate race nerves and acclimatise themselves before the big day on 1st June.

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