- 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 ATA, 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 lightening.
- Refer all questions from athletes about refunds or rollovers to the Race Director.