Blithfield open water swimming

Blithfield open water swimming

Stafford Triathlon Club have enviable, exclusive access to this great facility at Blithfield Reservoir with excellent changing facilities and warm showers. Any club members wishing to swim must have first been open water approved, this involves one of the club coaches seeing you swim 800m (32 Lengths) in a pool. This can be arranged at any one of the club swims, just tell the coach at poolside when you arrive.

There is a code of conduct onsite, can you all read and make sure you abide by this, as it is the minimum standard we expect everyone to adhere to, whilst at Blithfield.

OPEN WATER DECLARATION

All members and non members must print out a copy of the declaration form, available at the link above and HERE, sign it and bring it along with you the first time you swim, this can be downloaded by clinking on the link.

Everyone will be required to swim with at least one buddy whilst in the reservoir and carry a waterproof whistle, if you need one, these can be purchased from whomever is taking the registration at Blithfield for £3.00.

Each session costs £3.50 for current members of Stafford Triathlon Club. Non members are welcome, all of the above conditions apply and the cost is £5. We are very lucky to have use of this facility and we need to respect the environment, wildlife and other users

Each swimmer will receive a numbered band which corresponds to their name on the signing in sheet. The band MUST be handed in as soon as you exit the water so we know you are out of the water safely. This is a fundamental rule not to be broken.

The entry point into the water is across the grass to the right of the steps down from the clubhouse (approx. 15 mtrs) and turn left towards the Stafford Tri Flags. The ramp into the water can be VERYslippery, so care should be taken upon entry and exit.

The swim course is an ANTI-CLOCKWISE pattern, keeping the YELLOW buoys (with Staffie Emblem) to your left, which means nobody should ever be more than 30 metres from the shore. If for any reason we need to get people out of the water in an emergency, there will be three blasts on an air horn. You should exit the water at the nearest shore.
And don’t forget above all else, enjoy your swim!

1 Comment

  1. Paul Nash
    13/05/2019

    Dear Sir

    I am currently moving into the area, and am looking for an Open Water venue.

    I have competed in a number of Olympic & Ironman 70.3 events.

    How do I go about doing the 800m test ?

    Do you know what the water temperature was like last week ?

    Regards
    Paul Nash

    Reply

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