Triathlon Ireland Return to Training Protocol for Clubs

*Updated 16th May 2020

The Government and the Irish Coast Guard have released guidance in relation to exercising in open water, which you can read here. Following this, Triathlon Ireland has updated our previous guidance on Open Water Swimming and updated the Triathlon Ireland Return to Training Protocol for Clubs

Club open water sessions are not permitted in Phase One. From Monday the 18th of May, individuals can swim in groups of four or less, within five kilometres of home, if they comply with the Triathlon Ireland Covid-19 Guidance for Open Water Swimming ​here​. Social distancing of two metres must be maintained.

The communication below has been updated to reflect this change.

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15th May 2020

Triathlon Ireland Return to Training Protocol for Clubs

Triathlon Ireland is pleased to announce that Triathlon Ireland affiliated clubs can begin some activities, starting on Monday, 18th May. Ahead of Phase One of the Government Roadmap for Reopening Society and Business beginning, Triathlon Ireland in conjunction with the Government and Sport 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.

The protocol contains strict guidelines that all clubs should adhere to, we recommend that club committees establish their own policies and guidelines based on the Triathlon Ireland Return to Training Protocols. This is a live document that will be updated regularly, as this fast-evolving situation continues to change and it should be referred to frequently to remain aware of changes and developments.  There will be more clarity and detail added to each phase as more information becomes available. We will endeavour to ensure clubs have a detailed plan for safe training prior to each phase commencing.

Central to club training recommencing is that Government Guidelines are adhered to at all times. Core concepts for us all are:

  • Maintain handwashing and respiratory hygiene. 
  • Keep 2 metres distance from other people.
  • Be hyper-alert to, and isolate if you have symptoms-including flu like symptoms. 
  • Reduce close contacts and duration of contact with people outside our house holds (have a micro community).
  • Access advice and supports for mental wellbeing and resilience.

Training

As we return to training together, the concept of having a micro community is important. In Phase One it is possible to train in a group of four, keeping social distancing. An example of forming a micro community for training would be to form a Training Pod consisting of people who regularly train together. This Training Pod should contain a maximum of four people and these four people should not change. Athletes should only be members of one Pod. If a member(s) of the Pod cannot train on a particular day, the other Training Pod members would train with reduced numbers and not invite a temporary replacement.

As a triathlon community we must;

  • Follow public health advice.
  • Keep informed about disease in Ireland.
  • Support vulnerable people and maintain solidarity in your community.
  • Support healthcare workers and the HSE.
  • Accept that measures can only be lifted in a slow manner and may need to be reintroduced if infection rate increases.

The contents of the guide are currently only applicable to triathlon clubs in the Republic of Ireland (ROI) and not does not apply to Northern Ireland (NI). Triathlon Ireland is seeking assistance from Sport NI and the Northern Ireland Executive in order to create guidelines for our clubs in NI. This is in anticipation of return to sport for clubs in Step One of the easing of restrictions set out in the NI Executive document ‘Coronavirus Our Approach to Decision- Making.’  At the time of publication the position in NI is that exercise is permitted outdoors alone or with members of your household.

Club open water sessions are not permitted in Phase One. From Monday the 18th of May, individuals can swim in groups of four or less, within five kilometres of home, if they comply with the Triathlon Ireland Covid-19 Guidance for Open Water Swimming ​here​. Social distancing of two metres must be maintained.

There will be some significant changes to how our clubs host sessions, including a risk assessment for each session and pre-filled participant questionnaires. We ask that our members support the clubs with these changes and adhere to your club’s procedures.

Our sport is amongst the first to be able to return to some limited activity. The triathlon community has done a great job of ‘staying home’ over the last number of months, now that we are able to begin to train together again we ask you to remain vigilant. Look out for one another and keep social distancing at all times.

READ THE 'TRIATHLON IRELAND RETURN TO TRAINING PROTOCOL FOR CLUBS'

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For the latest information on Covid-19 please visit the HSE and Government websites. 

There is also advice from the Department of Health in Northern Ireland on its website.