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Training with CWTC

We hold a variety of training sessions which are designed to cater for all abilities and be fun, safe and inclusive.  Our main swim session on a Tuesday evening and some of our run sessions are led by qualified British Triathlon Federation coaches.   Other training sessions such as our cycle sessions and open water swimming sessions are not led by qualified coaches, therefore anyone participating does so entirely at their own risk.    To check the coaching status of any of our training sessions, please see the page below or for special / one-off sessions please refer to our Facebook Page and Club emails.

You must always undertake your own assessment of the training environment and conditions before commencing a session. The Chichester Westgate Triathlon Club takes no responsibility for the safety or belongings for any person participating in training sessions that are not led by an appropriately qualified British Triathlon Federation coach.

We would strongly advise all of our members to take out their own personal membership with the British Triathlon Federation as this will provide personal cover for training and racing.


Coached Sessions:Swim

Swim: Tuesdays 20:30 Where: Westgate Leisure Chichester

£4 members, £6 non-members

We have the use of all 6 lanes, this allows different abilities to occupy different lanes, meaning faster swimmers are not held up by the slower ones, and those learning or honing their stroke are not swum over by the hotshots.

Each lane is provided with a swim set which is broken down into drills to help improve technique such as the use of kick boards, pull buoys, paddles and fins and many others. In addition, individual tutoring is offered to help people perfect their technique and we follow our own periodised training plan to peak for specific upcoming events.

We encourage people to bring a drink with them and to wear a watch to time lengths etc.

Non-Coached Sessions:

Thursday – additional pool session.

In addition to the closed Tuesday pool club session, members meet on Thursdays at 8pm and swim in the publicly open lanes till 10pm. Cost, payable at reception, depending on membership.

Saturday – beach runs / sea swims

Beach runs often take place on Saturdays meeting at 8am. The normal meeting location is Bracklesham Bay car park, but the location can vary. There is no set distance – it’s at your own preference. Normal distance covered is approximately 16km. If this is too long/short, then plenty of options exist to customise your run. This is followed by breakfast at a local café. The run is a free session.

In the summer months beach runs tend to take place at low tides. During winter months, the frequency is determined by member participation.

From May to September, sea swim sessions take place at Bracklesham Bay at high tides. This tends to be fortnightly. Meet time is normally at 8am depending on tides. We swim around a set of 6 buoys. This is followed by breakfast at a local café. The sea swim is a free session. Please note, sea swimming is down to the individuals responsibility for their own health and safety.

Open Water Swimming - Thursday Evenings 7-8 & Sunday Evenings 5-6 (Spring/Summer)

Our members attend the OWS sessions hosted by Chichester Water Sports, the session costs £5, payable to CWS. The sessions are an hour in length and offer a 300-350m loop in the Westhampnett Lake. The sessions are supervised and Wetsuits are mandatory.

CWTC advise that if you are swim training in open water you always have another person with you acting as a safety spotter, ideally in a craft such as a canoe or paddle board (and they are competent to use this) or on the shore if you are swimming close to the shoreline.  We also recommend you carry a lifesaving buoyancy aid (the club have these which can be loaned – please contact our swim coaches) and you wear a brightly coloured hat.

We would also recommend you follow the safety guidance below from the Royal Life Saving Society UK:-

The conditions at open water sites change constantly:

  • Always look for warning and guidance signs
  • Where possible, swim parallel with the shore, not away from it
  • Avoid drifting in the currents
  • Do not enter fast flowing water
  • Be aware of underwater hazards
  • Get out of the water as soon as you start to feel cold
  • Never enter the water after consuming alcohol
  • Only enter the water in areas with adequate supervision and rescue cover
  • Always take someone with you when you go into or near water. If something goes wrong they will be able to get help
  • If someone is in difficulty in the water shout reassurance to them and shout for help and call the emergency services (call 999 or 112)

CWTCBikeMary Road Bike : Sunday 09:00 Where: at the bottom of Centurion Way, by Bishop Luffa School in Chichester 

The Sunday bike ride is on quiet country roads where possible and ranges from 50 - 70Km (30 - 45 Miles). We often visit the Rowlands Castle Café for a quick coffee and bite to eat before heading home for approx 12:30 - 13:00. We do not always stop at a Café make sure you have had a hearty breakfast and carry a full bottle..

When cycling with a CWTC group, we ask that you:-

Always wear appropriate clothing for the weather, wear a helmet, check that your bike is roadworthy, and carry a mini tool, spare tube and pump as a minimum.   It’s also important that you carry emergency contact details that can be easily retrieved (e.g. not on a locked mobile phone).

We also recommend following the advice from the government-run ‘Think’ campaign:-

THINK! Advice for when you're cycling

  1. If a lorry is indicating left, passing on the inside can be dangerous. Hang back at the junction to reduce the risk of a collision.
  2. Ride positively, decisively and well clear of the kerb – look and signal to show drivers what you plan to do and make eye contact where possible so you know drivers have seen you.
  3. Avoid riding up the inside of large vehicles, like lorries or buses, where you might not be seen.
  4. Always use lights after dark or when visibility is poor.
  5. Wearing light coloured or reflective clothing during the day and reflective clothing and/or accessories in the dark increases your visibility.
  6. Follow the Highway Code including observing ‘stop’ and ‘give way’ signs and traffic lights.
  7. Wear a correctly fitted cycle helmet, which is securely fastened and conforms to current regulations.


Mountain Bike: Monday 19:00/19:30  Where: Varies


This usually involves meeting at 7 to 7:30 in the Chichester area normally near the South Downs and riding for 1.5 to 2 hours. This is normally all year round, and may occur weekly or fortnightly depending on circumstances. These are free sessions.

Friday – Spinning

Held in the Chichester area, a spin class is held between 6:30pm and lasts 45 to 60 minutes. There are approximately 10 spin bikes available. Cost is £2 per session. Contact the club for further details or join our Facebook Members Group.

 Run: Wednesday 19:00  Where: Westgate Leisure Chichester


The Wednesday session is currently on hold but there are infrequent run sessions planned by the club and it's members.

All club run training events are confirmed via email and in our members only facebook group. If you have any questions or would like to come along and try any of our training sessions, please visit our Facebook Site, Twitter or drop an email to info@cwtc.org.uk.

For directions & further details about Westgate Leisure Centre click here.