Swim. Cycle. Run.

Give it a Tri. If you are looking for a new challenge, something to train for or simply wish to try a multidiscipline event or sea swimming then you have come to the right place. From April to August, we will be running 3 Go Tri beginners Triathlon sessions and 10 sea swimming courses. Or if you wish to jump straight in, we have our flagship event the Oysterman Triathlon and the Pier to Pier swim along with all year round training inside the centres. There is also the Active Life Triathlon club which has an open membership and a great place to share training tips and join others at events.

Go Tri

GO TRI is an initiative launched by Triathlon England to provide people with the opportunity to take part in multisport event regularly and at a minimal cost. The events are short (200m pool swim, 6km cycle and 2km run), easy to access and repeated so that individuals can see progress if they wish to do it again.


We are running 3 events in 2022, starting in April and once a month until June. The dates can be found on the Timetable below.

How much?

The entry fee for each event is £10.00, or £6.00 if you are an Active Life member. The events are low key, therefore no finish gantry, goody bags etc. Participants will be timed and results will be sent out within a couple of days, all included in the price.


The events will start at Herons Leisure Centre. All swimming is pool based and supported by Triathlon coaches and lifeguards.

Who are the events for?

GO TRI events are for people to discover the sport and try it out. It will give you the achievement of completing a multisport event in a safe and reassuring environment. They are open to anyone over the age of 14 and who are new or have never done anything to do with Triathlons or Aquathlons before. If you have competed in a Triathlon before, these events are not suited to racing, with the bike routes only really suited to beginners.

Course Maps:

Herne Bay:

Bike Route Run Route


The Active Life Oysterman Triathlon
Weekly Tri - Specific Training

If you are looking to gear up for one of the GO TRI events or you are training for a bigger event, there is something on offer for you. There are regular weekly Triathlon specific swimming training sessions at the pools at Herons Leisure Centre and Whitstable Swimming Pool run in house by qualified coaches.

  • Saturday 11.00am-12.00pm (Herons Leisure Centre)
  • Sunday 9.15am-10.15am (Herons Leisure Centre)
  • Sunday 10.30am – 11.30am (Herons Leisure Centre)

In addition, Active Life Leisure Centres have group cycle classes, plenty of lane swimming, swimfit for extra instruction and a running club at Herons starting at 6pm every Monday.

If you are not yet a confident swimmer or need to work on your stamina or technique, there are various adult swim lessons available from all 3 centres. Please visit the Active Life Swim Academy page for more information.

For more information see the Active Life Triathlon Training Facebook page.

Open Water Confidence/Sea Swimming Lessons

Active Life are offering beginners and intermediate sea swimming courses:

26th April – 21st June (Beginners)

21st June – 16th August (Beginners)

9th August -13th September (Beginners)

The Beginners course is a 6 week Pool to Sea swim course for swimmers looking to start their sea swim journey. 2 sessions at Whitstable Swimming Pool and 4 sea sessions from Tankerton Lifeguard hut. £75 (£60 for Active Life members)

Intermediate Weekend courses:

11th/12th June

18th/19th June

23rd/24th July

30th/31st July

The Intermediate course is a 6hr weekend Sea swim course for swimmers who have already had some experience of sea swimming and looking to develop their technique and open water stamina. The course will include some theory at Whitstable Swimming Pool and sea sessions from Tankerton Lifeguard hut. £75 (£60 for Active Life members)

If you wish to take part in any of these courses please use the links above or in the list of forthcoming events below. For more information please contact giles.seaford@activelifeltd.co.uk.

Active Life Tri Club Training

The Active Life Triathlon Club Training is located at Herons Leisure Centre in Herne Bay. The club is now more of a virtual training group these days with people training independently and together across the Canterbury District. Many members compete under the Active Life Triathlon club banner in Kent and Regional competitions but it’s mainly having others within to train with that motivates most of the members.

To see what’s current with the club, why not take a look at the Active Life Triathlon Training Facebook group which includes a calendar of training that members do in and outside of the centres.

For more information on joining the Active Life Triathlon Training contact giles.seaford@activelifeltd.co.uk

The Active Life Pier to Pier Swim
Event dates
To book any of the activities click on an event below to go to the booking page.

Forthcoming events

Apr 30th 2022, Herons Leisure Centre

May 22nd 2022, Herons Leisure Centre

Jun 25th 2022, Herons Leisure Centre

Beginners Apr – Jun, Jun – Aug, Aug – Sep 2022. Whitstable Swimming Pool/Tankerton Slopes.
Intermediates 11th/12th Jun, 18th/19th Jun, 23/24 Jul, 30/31 Jul 2022. Tankerton Slopes – Whitstable

Aug 7th 2022, Tankerton Slopes – Whitstable

Active Life Pier to Pier Swim

Jul 17th 2022, Hampton Pier – Herne Bay

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