Request for Safety Kayakers for Local Triathlon Events

April 4, 2019

(Please note: This is not a BCC Activity / Event)


Over recent years Braintree Canoeing Club has been approached by a local Triathlon organisation for help to provide Safety Kayak support for these events, with this year being no different. Therefore, if you would like to get involved and offer your support then please read on....


Sunday 26th May

08.00 - 12.00 (Access road re-opens @ 13.00hrs)  

TriFarm, Boreham 

Request for 4 Safety Kayakers


Sunday 7th July

Times: tbc

Gosfield Lake, Gosfield

Request for 8 Safety Kayakers


A payment of £25.00 per person is offered. 


Please note: Volunteers must have passed their FSRT Training to qualify as a safety kayaker.


If you would like to get involved and offer your support then please contact;


Jacquie Hall (BCC Club Secretary) for further information.





Additonal Info:


The main purpose of the craft is the safety of the swimmers. There can be novice swimmers who can be nervous swimming in groups. Open water swimming can cause anxiety in even a competent swimmer. 


The British Triathlon swimmer safety requirement is for a safety craft to be no more than 50m from a swimmer.


The safety craft would be required to monitor the swimmers and assist any swimmer in difficulty. This would require a swimmer to hold onto the front of the craft for rest or rescue.


The swimmers are allowed to wear wet-suits in water temperature under 22 degrees. Above that temperature wetsuits are forbidden.




Event 1: Sunday 26th May 

The Relay event on Sunday 26th May, at TriFarm, require 4 craft to cover the whole course.


This Relay event would require craft to be available on course from the start, 8.30am, until the fourth team member has completed the swim section. Each team member undertakes the cycle and run disciplines before handing over to the next team member. This will mean that there will be periods where no swimmer is in the water. The first wave of swimmers will be crowded with the first team member from all the teams in the water. As the event continues we expect the number of swimmers in the water at any one time to reduce.

We can not give an accurate time for the swim section to be completed at this time, as the number of teams entering the event has not been finalised. Personnel will need to be on site by 8am, as there is a road closure being put in place that will prevent access to the venue after that time.  We are anticipating the swim to be completed by no later than midday. The road to exit the venue will be opened at the end of the cycle section of the event or 1pm which ever is sooner.


Note: TriFarm lake is deep, swimmers will not be able to touch the bottom.


Event 2: Sunday 7th July
The Gosfield event, on Sunday 7th July, will require more safety craft, as the swim course is 750m in length.

There are two events being held at the same time so some swimmers will be completing one lap and some two laps of the swim course. 8 safety craft would be perfect.

There is a motorboat available as back up at this event.


Note: Gosfield lake is shallow, swimmers will be able to touch the bottom in places.




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