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 5 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 2023, starting in April and once a month until June. The dates can be found on the Timetable below.

– 29th April 2023. 

– 20th May 2023.

– 24th June 2023. 

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.

  •  (Herons Leisure Centre)
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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:

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 3 sea sessions from Tankerton Lifeguard hut. £75 (£60 for Active Life members)

Intermediate Weekend courses:

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

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

The Active Life Pier to Pier Swim

Forthcoming events

29th April 2023, Herons Leisure Centre

20th May 2023, Herons Leisure Centre

24th June 2023, Herons Leisure Centre

Beginners Whitstable Swimming Pool/Tankerton Slopes.
April – May
June – July
 Intermediates Tankerton Slopes – Whitstable
20th/21st May
1st/2nd July
12th/13th August

9th Jul 2023, Tankerton Slopes – Whitstable

Active Life Pier-to-Pier Swim

30th Jul 2023, Hampton Pier – Herne Bay

Swim. Cycle. Run.

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