FAQ's Triathlon & Covid-19

We have compiled the following to answer some of the questions that our community may have surrounding triathlon and Covid-19. If your query is not answered below, please get in touch with us at reception@triathlonireland.com.

Refer to the below documents which outline the phased return to training and give Open Water Swimming Guidance.



What's Triathlon Ireland's advice for training during the Covid-19 period?

Always adhere to current Government and HSE guidelines. The government has been very clear with their current advice - for detailed guidance on training during the Government Roadmap Phase, see the Return to Training Protocol for Clubs.

To see what you can expect at your next event, read the Covid-19 Event Guidelines for Athletes.

IS club training going ahead?

Triathlon Ireland in conjunction with the Government, Sport Ireland and Sport Northern Ireland, and with significant input from our clubs and coaches, has developed a guide for Triathlon Ireland affiliated clubs to return to training on a phased basis. Triathlon Ireland affiliated clubs are able to hold training sessions, while adhering to the Return to Training Protocol for Clubs. Each Triathlon club is returning to sport in its own way - contact your club for more details on the sessions that they are currently running.

Is it ok to go cycling outside on my own?

As per Government guidelines, it is possible to go cycling. However, please consider your impact on the health service if you have an accident on the road - please cycle with caution at all times. See the Return to Training Protocol for Clubs.

Can I go sea swimming in a small group if everyone stays two metres apart?

Club swim sessions can resume once the TI Return to Training Protocols are in place. Groups of TI members can also swim together once the protocols are observed.

If you are new to open water swimming, we don’t advise that you go open water swimming alone.


Refer to the below documents which outline the Covid-19 Guidelines for Events:

Triathlon Ireland Covid-19 Event Guidelines for Organisers

Triathlon Ireland Covid-19 Event Guidelines for Athletes

Will there be a triathlon season in 2020?

Triathlon made its return on 25 July 2020. Multisport events that are open for entry can be viewed on our website here.

I have entered a race in the summer - how and when will I know if it's going ahead?

Triathlon Ireland are keeping all parties up to date with developments as they happen. If you keep an eye on triathlonireland.com and your event’s social media, we will let you know as soon as possible.

I have entered a race that has been cancelled/postponed - can I get a refund?

Each race has an individual refund policy. You can view this policy by selecting the '+' button to the right of the race listing on the Triathlon Ireland Race Calendar.

If your event has been postponed to a new date, and you entered your event on triathlonireland.com, please view the refund policy to see if a refund request will fall within this policy. If your refund request for a postponed event is covered by the refund policy, please email refund@triathlonireland.com. If you entered your event on the Triathlon Ireland website and your race has been cancelled, we will be processing refunds (if this is part of your event's refund policy), and notifying athletes once this process has been completed. We would appreciate your patience as they will take some time to process but we are working on this as quickly as we can. 

If you entered your race on an external site, please contact the race director for the event you have entered, they will be able to handle your query.


If your event has been postponed to a later date and you have purchased a One Day Membership, you do not need to purchase another. This ODM will be carried over to the postponed event.


Can a qualified Triathlon Ireland coach run club sessions over zoom/skype?

Yes, Triathlon Ireland insurance will cover qualified coaches to coach over Zoom/Skype. Coaches should observe the following and record sessions as usual.

  1. Attendance:  Zoom can take attendance  automatically once set up

  2. Screening: If the coach does not have access to relevant medical/injury information as usual ask anyone attending to submit in advance (to be stored confidentially with permission from the athlete or deleted post session).

  3. Indoor sessions
    Include the following advice for set up: 

  • Have a set space to workout in - clutter free
  • Appropriate clothing to be worn
  • Appropriate floor surface to be used etc.
  • Ask the group to check their own equipment.
  • For outdoor sessions: Ensure you advise your members to always comply with current Government Guidelines and refer to Return to Training Protocol for Clubs.

Last Updated: 6 August 2020