From May, NTri is partnering with the council and Royal Life Saving Society to introduce open water swimming at Sywell Reservoir. This is really great news for the club and has been the result of a lot of hard work by members of the committee. We have been backed by British Triathlon and Northamptonshire Sport, who are helping make sure that all the legal requirements are in place.
Swimming will be open to the public on a Saturday morning to start with and then be extended to a Wednesday evening when demand picks up.
Although attitudes about open water swimming are changing for the better, the council are understandably quite nervous about this and are proceeding with caution. For this reason a minimum age limit of 12 has been imposed for regular public swims. I am hoping that this can be extended to include all ages of juniors if they are on a club run training session.
We are looking for volunteers to help with various tasks on the open water swimming. Roles include tasks like checking people into the reservoir, to life-guarding (training will be paid for). All volunteers will be able to swim for free.
Also, we hope you will be entering the Sywell Aquathlon which the club is helping to run with the RLSS on the 25th May. The Sywell Aquathlon will be one of the races in the NTri Shield club championships this year.