Derby Triathlon Club

Safe Training

Recommendations for Safe Training Pool Swimming

  • Observe and respect the pace and workout routines of other swimmers in their lane, avoiding actions that are likely to interfere with those routines, and maintaining good lane discipline.
  • Be aware of other pool users who may be in distress, or whose actions may cause risk to the member, and attract the attention of a Club coach or pool life guard in such circumstances.
  • Ensure adequate hydration during swim sessions by bringing a drinks bottle to the poolside;
  • If possible, bring a pull buoy to all pool sessions.
  • Be aware that surfaces in the facilities are likely to be wet and slippery and therefore take care.
  • Only dive in those areas that are designated safe to dive in.

Open water swimming

  • Wear a wetsuit and brightly coloured swim cap.
  • Use a buddy system and swim in pairs based upon speed and ability. Never swim alone !
  • Swim parallel to the bank/shore unless adequate safety cover exists for areas beyond that.
  • Roll on to their back and raise their arm to attract the attention of the safety cover if experiencing any difficulty.
  • Sign in and out of the water in designated swimming locations.
  • Provide the session leader with their emergency contact details and information on any medical issues.
  • Not enter water space used by other water sports users unless prior communication for the sole use of a designated space over an allocated time period has been arranged.
  • Shower after swimming, washing open wounds and ears, etc to reduce the risk of infection.


  • Wear a correctly fitted and fastened cycling helmet.
  • Ensure that their bike is in good roadworthy condition.
  • Carry some cash, mobile phone, spare inner tubes and a mini-pump on all Club rides.
  • Ensure adequate hydration and nourishment on long rides by carrying drinks bottles and energy bars.
  • Dress appropriately for the weather conditions.
  • Wear reflective clothing and carry bike lights during evening and night sessions.
  • Respect the rules of the public highways.
  • Slow down, give way or stop in the interests of courtesy, safety or obligation.
  • Avoid confrontation with other road users and pedestrians.
  • Act responsibly to promote the good image of cyclists.

On group rides

  • Keep to the left wherever possible;
  • Ride two abreast where the conditions allow, and go single file on busy roads.
  • Maintain an orderly riding pattern at all times.
  • Learn to warn other riders in the group of pot-holes, glass, parked cars and other hazards which may require the following riders to alter course.
  • Not use tri-bars within the pack.
  • Where possible, appoint a group leader and sweeper from the Club coaches or more experienced riders to ensure the group stays together and slower riders are not dropped.
  • Take the phone number of the group leader or sweeper so that the member can alert them in case they get dropped, run into difficulties, or do not wish to continue on the ride.
  • Pay attention to the route taken on group rides, so that they can retrace their steps should they drop out of the ride for any reason.


  • Wear reflective clothing during evening and night sessions.
  • Carry extra warm/dry clothing to put on following a session, when appropriate.
  • Respect the rules of the public highways.

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