Adult River Swim

Starting in August [now suspended until 2023] we will run River Swims from the West Midlands Showground. Sessions will run through August and into September for as long as weather and water conditions allow. This gives competent swimmers who are SYTri full members, Swim Club members the chance to have an Open Water swim, and those who have entered the Shrewsbury Triathlon the chance to experience the swim course before race day.

You will find the swim start location at the back left hand corner of the showground.

To ensure the safety of swimmers the river water will be tested on the day of each session and therefore may be subject to late cancellation if water quality is not to required standards - so please keep an eye on your email for notifications.

If you are new to open water swimming there are always experienced open water swim coaches on hand to give you advice if your require it. But this is not a learn to swim session.

To take part in this session you need to be a SYTri club member, a member of our Swim Club, or to have entered the 2022 Shrewsbury Triathlon.


The following items are compulsory for this session.

  • Wetsuit - you must bring your own
  • Swim Cap (Brightly coloured) - you must bring your own
  • Goggles you must bring your own

There is a limit on numbers - 40 at the moment. You need to book and pay for your session in advance via the club website. Bookings open at 5.00pm on the Wednesday before and close at 23.55 on the day of the session.

You can check availability and book your place here (this link takes you to an external website). If you later find you cannot attend please try to cancel your place (using the link in your booking confirmation email) so that someone else can attend. You will receive a refund of 50% of the fee you pay to the club (there is no refund of the booking fee).

Covid-19 is still with us. If you feel unwell, don't attend any club sessions. Also please ensure that you follow all Government Guidelines in force at the time. The latest Government guidance can be seen here 

River Swim Disclaimer


You are required to sign in where you will be allocated safety number. Once signed in get changed into your wetsuit and be ready for the safety briefing.

The safety briefing for this session starts at 18.30pm prompt and is compulsory for all participants.


Please also ensure that you read the following documents before you attend the session.

Normal Operating Procedures for River Swim Session

SYTri 2022 River Swim Risk assessment

EAP River Swim 2022