You should arrive at the Zone 3 Swim Assembly area shown on the route map here a minimum of 20 minutes before your wave start time. It will take approximately 10 minutes to walk from Transition to the Zone 3 Swim Assembly.
*Please note wetsuits are compulsory*
You need to collect a swim cap at the Zone 3 Swim Assembly. You may be in the water for up to 5 minutes before your start. Use this time to assess the conditions, practice your swim technique and prepare mentally for the race. The route will be marked by buoys. Canoeists will be on hand to guide the wave. Once in the water, you should identify tall landmarks that can keep you on course and help avoid weaving and swimming further than you need to!
The swim exit pontoon dips into the water so you can swim onto it before standing up. Lifeguards will be on hand to help you out if required. Once you have exited the water, you will need to cover 400m on foot up the famous 'Church-hill' to the bike Transition.
The water is tested against EU bathing standards; however, we would still advise you to be in good health and try to avoid swallowing the lake water. Some swimmers may be more susceptible to infection through immune suppression. In open water, swims there are no walls to push off every 25m, so practice swimming the race distance accordingly prior to race day.
For many, the swim is the most daunting part of the race, but don’t worry! Our water safety team will be there to guide you and help if required. The team, provided by Swim Safety Ltd, consists of fully qualified lifeguards in kayaks and rescue boats as well as bank-based lifeguards on the pontoons. All lifeguards are members of either the BCU Lifeguards or Surf Lifesaving GB. If this is your first triathlon, or swimming is not your strongest discipline, we recommend that you position yourself towards the back of the wave. It may add a few seconds to your time, but it will enable you to get into your rhythm and enjoy the swim more. If you do get into difficulty, lie on your back and raise your arm in the air, a kayak will come to you and if necessary arrange a safety boat to take you to the water’s edge.
Most people use front crawl or breaststroke. Backstroke is not recommended because it can be confused with someone indicating they are in difficulty.