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British Triathlon, Swim England and the Royal Life Saving Society UK (RLSS UK) recognise the growth of open water swimming and the need to develop its existing infrastructure to ensure a safe and enjoyable environment for new and existing swimmers.

SH2OUT is an exciting programme that has been developed to further promote and progress open water swimming and the safety within the sport. By contributing to the sport’s growth, the partnership will provide appropriate resources and support the development of standards that ensure safe and compelling experiences for participants.

The joint venture aims to help promote safety and enjoyment in open water swimming with five key strategic objectives:

Safe Venues  ̶   a publicly recognised quality standard for open water swimming venues

Quality Events  ̶  ensuring open water swimming events are delivered to approved standards

Vibrant Community  ̶  providing a compelling offer to all open water swimming participants

Inspiring Participation  ̶  developing a clear and supportive participation pathway, enabling more people to take part in open water swimming

Industry Guidance  ̶  proving market leading education, support and advice to the triathlon and lifesaving communities

British Triathlon, Swim England and the RLSS UK are committed to delivering SH2OUT and we shall do this by collaborating with partners, communicating progress and measuring performance against each objective, whilst planning opportunities to collect data and insight throughout the process.

If you have any questions about SH2OUT, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with us at