IMPORTANT MESSAGE FROM THE CHAIRMAN ON COVID19 Open Water Swimming Update

Hello Everyone,

Like me, I’m sure that many of you have been tracking the progress on COVID-19 restrictions and amendments to Government regulations.

The loosening on exercise rules will be widely welcomed and it will give a much needed additional outlet for those of us feeling a little cabin feverish.

Although you will have noted the tantalising mention of the return to open water swimming we need to be clear that as a British Triathlon Club we will not be able to provide any endorsed or supported swim activities until our governing body has made it clear that we can do so; this is not likely whilst social distancing measures remain in place.
During this period where BTF is not supporting open water activities we will also request that members refrain from posting details around organising and conducting swims – this will keep us on the right side of our governing body. Unfortunately, any posts that deviate from this will be removed from the club page. There is no objection to posting personally, or on other groups, but we can’t currently be seen to endorse it.

While our club activities can’t take place I’m sure many of you will be returning to the ocean deep, so a reminder. Even though all club swims are conducted “at your own risk” it is always as part of a community, with an element of overwatch. If you do choose to return to the open water please remember that you will need to make a full assessment of the conditions and consideration of your own ability, whilst maintaining social distancing; we know what a challenging place to swim the Solent can be and it would be easy to become complacent with it on our doorstop and a regular feature of our lives.

You can find some more useful information and perspective from BTF HERE and a Covid19 Guide for Open Water Swimmers  HERE

However you choose to enjoy the limited relaxations and enjoy your exercise, stay safe, stay alert, stay smiley.

Alex Higgins
Chairman