Having collected and attached your timing chip and racked your bike you should arrive at Swim Assembly a minimum of 20 minutes before your wave start time. At Swim Assembly, you will be given a swim cap, which identifies your wave start. You will also be given some important last minute tips and advice. 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 SWIM COURSE
The swim course will be marked by buoys and canoe lifeguards will be on hand to guide the wave. You should identify tall landmarks that can keep you on course, to avoid weaving and swimming further than you need to! In open water swims there is no push off the wall every 25 meters, so practice swimming the race distance with no push offs prior to race day.
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. Once you have exited the water you will need to remove your wetsuit, place it in a bag provided, and cover a short distance on foot to Transition. Please make sure you are wearing something underneath!
*Be careful going up the steps to transition, as they can get wet.*
THE ROYAL VICTORIA DOCK
The water is tested against EU bathing standards; however, we would still advise you to be in good health and to avoid swallowing the water, as swimmers may be more susceptible to infection through immune suppression.
If this is your first triathlon, or swimming is not your strongest discipline, we recommend you position yourself towards the back or the side 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; a canoe lifeguard 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 permitted because it can be confused with someone indicating they are in difficulty.
*Goggles are compulsory*
TRANSITION SWIM TO BIKE
Make sure you know your route through Transition when switching between disciplines. Getting lost in Transition will add seconds or minutes to your finish time.