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Swimming in the Deep End

I am very new to triathalons, and have only done tri-swims that were in pools. For open water swims in lakes, bays, rivers, oceans, are the swims in water that is too deep to reach bottom if fatiqued, (or along shoreline where you can bailout if you get into trouble)? Or are they typically go out to deep water where you would be in trouble if you gassed out? Thank you.

Gm from Alabama

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Hi Gm,

Thank you for contacting TriathaNewbie.com!

Yes, open water triathlons do take place in the “deep end”. All races have lifeguards on surfboards or kayaks and you can hold onto to them to rest, but it’s so much better to prepare for the distance of the swim and complete it on your own.

Here is a funny story of a first-time triathlete experiencing open water after only have trained in a pool.

Be well.
~Megan
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