Do I need a wetsuit?

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  • Yes.
  • Wetsuits are compulsory.
  • Your wetsuit will keep you warm and improve your swimming speed and buoyancy.
  • Put your name on the inside of your suit in case it is left behind on race day.

Do I need to be able to swim?

 

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:

  • TryAthy - 9 mins
  • Sprint - 27 mins
  • Olympic - 55 mins
  • Double Olympic - 110 mins

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: We strongly recommend that you to take part in SwimAthy to test the water ahead of race day. SwimAthy takes place on Sunday 28th May 2017.

Can I use my surfing or shortie wetsuit?

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  • 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 28th May 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.

Do I need goggles?

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  • Yes.
  • No goggles = No swim as per the race rules.
  • This is for your comfort and safety.

Do I need a swim cap?

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  • You will be issued a TriAthy swim cap at registration.
  • Your hat will be colour coded to identify your wave.
  • For warmth and comfort some triathletes choose to double up and wear their own swim hat under the official hat.

What do I wear beneath my wetsuit?

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  • You should wear whatever you will complete the rest of the race in.
  • This way, when you strip off your wetsuit after the swim your race kit is already on underneath.
  • Nudity in the transition area is not allowed, as it is against the rules! Wear what feels comfortable.
  • It is not advised to try new clothing on race day.
  • Train in your gear before race day.
  • Remember lycra will dry out quicker than cotton.

Can I use any stroke during the swim?

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  • 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 28 May 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.

What swim safety measures are in place?

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  • We are a very safety conscious event with a 100% safety record.
  • Our water rescue team are medics, rowers and canoeists who are based in the area all year round.
  • They are familiar with the behaviour and currents of the river.
  • Every person in the water will have a dedicated marshal watching them.
  • If you get into trouble, roll into the backstroke position and signal for help using your arm and one of our crew will come to your aid immediately.
  • Should you require further assistance, our ambulance crew will be on standby at the riverside.
  • Couple of additional facts about swimming at TriAthy:
    • The riverbank is never more than 20m away (the river is 40m wide at it's maximum point)
    • The river depth is generally chest high during June.
    • The river current is normally slow and steady during June.
    • Multiple canoeists and river-side marshals will be keeping close watch on our swimming triathletes.

 

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