British Triathlon and the Royal Life Saving Society UK launch first ever SH2OUT open water swim at ITU World Triathlon Series Leeds 2018

24 October 2017

Entries are now open for the first ever SH2OUT open water swim at the ITU World Triathlon Series Leeds 2018. The event will be part of a weekend of swim, bike and run events taking place on 9-10 June.

The SH2OUT open water swim will have either a 400m or 750m swim available on Saturday 9 June priced at £20. Entry is available at The SH2OUT campaign launched by British Triathlon and RLSS UK earlier this year aims to ensure that open water swimming is conducted within a safe environment.

RLSS UK is the leading provider of water safety education and qualifications and seeks to help reduce the figure of 400 accidental drownings in open water each year. The partnership is hosting an open water swim at an event like the ITU World Triathlon Series Leeds to help raise awareness of open water swimming and ensure participants swim safely with a positive introduction to the sport.

SH2OUT will be one of the many events taking part in Leeds in 2018. The event is aimed at participants beginning their triathlon journey and will see participants swimming 400m or 750m in Roundhay Park’s Waterloo Lake.

Adrian Lole, Technical Director at RLSS UK, the drowning prevention charity, said: “As part of our work in drowning prevention, RLSS UK has taken action to make safe open water swimming more accessible to those who want to take part. We aim to lead in hosting more open water swims for all ages and abilities around the UK as well as work to help secure more safe open water swimming sites to make the activity more accessible to all, including triathletes who want to train or gain more experience of open water swimming.

The ITU World Triathlon Leeds 2018 will see top athletes line up at Roundhay Park on Sunday 10 June. Age-Group triathletes will also be competing throughout the weekend in sprint and standard races. Alongside the main event, there will be a GO TRI event aimed at introducing newcomers to triathlon the opportunity to experience triathlon for the very first time in Roundhay Park.

Wayne Coyle, Event Director for the ITU World Triathlon Leeds added: “We are delighted to host a SH2OUT event this year at ITU World Triathlon Leeds. Open water swimming is a key element to the triathlon experience and the chance to encourage more people into open water swimming is a great opportunity to reduce one of the main barriers to entry for triathlon in the future.

The ITU World Triathlon Leeds 2018 is supported by National Lottery funding and is organised by British Triathlon, in partnership with Leeds City Council, UK Sport and the ITU.

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British Triathlon and RLSS UK’s joint open water strategy has five clear objectives for open water swimming enthusiasts, whatever their level; Safe Venues, Secure Events, Vibrant Community, Inspiring Participation and Industry Guidance.

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British Triathlon
is the Governing Body for the sport in Great Britain. It is responsible for raising the profile and delivering elite performance for Triathlon, Paratriathlon, Duathlon and Aquathlon in Great Britain. Triathlon is a fast growing, dynamic and modern Olympic and Paralympic sport with talented world class athletes, coaches and support staff, focused around delivering world-class success and inspiring participation.

The Royal Life Saving Society UK (RLSS UK) is the drowning prevention charity.  Around 400 people drown in the UK every year and the RLSS UK aims to prevent drowning through water safety education.

RLSS UK is the UK’s leading provider of training and education in lifesaving, lifeguarding, water safety and life support skills in the UK.  It is also the governing body for Lifesaving Sport.

Through its trading subsidiary, IQL UK, there are more than 90,000 RLSS UK Pool Lifeguards in the UK trained in the National Pool Lifeguard Qualification (NPLQ). Around 95 per cent of all pool lifeguards are trained by the RLSS UK.

RLSS UK awards and programmes teach a range of lifesaving skills ranging from life support (CPR) to water survival and rescue skills. Programmes include Rookie Lifeguard (for eight to12-year–olds), Survive and Save (for 12 years+) and Save a Baby’s Life (a free course aimed at parents and carers of young children).

The RLSS UK (then the Life Saving Society) was formed in 1891. In 1904, as there was great support for the organisation from the Royal Family, the society was granted permission to use the Royal title and became the Royal Life Saving Society.

For more information and interview/spokesperson opportunities contact Claire Huggins by emailing [email protected] or calling 0300 323 0096 opt 1.

Leeds City Council is the second-largest local authority in England with a population of around 776,000. Leeds has a very proud sporting heritage and we are committed to encouraging sport as a way of promoting the city and healthy lifestyles, as well as bringing world-class events, building towards our ambition to become European Capital of Culture 2023.

UK Sport is the nation’s high performance sports agency responsible for the strategic investment of National Lottery and Exchequer funding into Olympic and Paralympic sports and bringing major sporting events to the UK. Events already secured include the 2017 IAAF World Championships and ParaAthletics Championships, 2019 Netball World Cup and 2019 UCI Road World Championships.

The ITU is the world governing body for the Olympic sport of triathlon and all related MultiSport disciplines. ITU is proudly committed to supporting the development of the sport worldwide through strong relationships with continental and national federations, working with its partners to offer a balanced sport development programme from grassroots to a high performance level.