Checking Water Temperature OUTDOORS

  • Outdoor Pool: You can ask the Facility Manager on site what the pool temperature is. Usually 28-29 Celsius.
  • Take the air temperature. Use a measure supplied by Triathlon Alberta, your car thermometer or your cell phone.
  • Then check the tables:  Refer to the ITU Rules 2016:  Section 4., Swimming Conduct section, for the tables used to determine if it is safe to swim and if wetsuits are mandatory or not allowed.
  • You must make that determination and announce it to the athletes at least an hour before the first wave.
  • Evaluate the conditions: High winds, thunder, lightning, heavy rain, changing temperatures? 
  • Discuss with Medical and the Race Director: You can delay, adapt the distances or components of the race, or the use of wetsuits. You must also announce any changes to the athletes before the race begins: ask the Race Director how much time is needed to reposition buoys, move turnarounds or finish lines on the bike and run courses, move/alert volunteers and road marshals, etc.
  • Advise all Captains of your decision.
  • Safety of the athletes, volunteers and spectators is paramount.
  • Remember: In Alberta, if you don’t like the weather, just wait five minutes!
  • We have had snow cause a triathlon to turn into a duathlon, as well as, an aquathlon. We have delayed the start of a race due to choppy waves and we have had to pull athletes from a bike course due to lightning.
  • Refer all questions from athletes about refunds or rollovers to the Race Director.