Swim Bike Run

It's in everyone

When checking into the transition area pre-race, parents are more than welcome to help set it up with the kids. Once the race begins, parents are not allowed in the transition area. Every race has officials and volunteers to help with the transition process. We suggest introducing your child to these officials and volunteers pre-race so they know who to turn to if they need help. 

Remember, there is no need to bring the kitchen sink into transition, less is more!

Essentials include:

  • Bike
  • Helmet
  • Runners
  • Shirt (if torso not covered by bathers)

There are 21 affiliated clubs across WA, so there is sure to be one near you.

Please visit the find a club page on the Triathlon WA website.

Add your location, include the distance you are willing to travel and press search. Clubs in your vicinity will be displayed below the map. You can contact the clubs directly using the email and website information provided (click on the icon).

When you have found the club you like, you can go ahead and join as a new member. If you are a new member, you may be eligible for a 35% discount on your 2021 membership fees.

If you want to test the waters at the club before joining as a member, you can take advantage of a Tri Before You Buy membership.  Please contact the club directly before taking up this offer.

There are also programs run by clubs for people who are new to triathlon. Keep an eye on the New to Tri page if you are interested.

Training with a Triathlon Australia Accredited Coach can help you train smarter, get faster, enjoy the sport even more and remain injury-free.

Please visit the Triathlon Australia website and use the coach search function at the bottom of the page.

You can filter available coaches by:

  • Location, or proximity to location
  • Coaching level
  • Coaching services offered
  • Discipline
  • Athlete level

If you have a coach in mind but need to verify their coaching status, please send their details to Triathlon WA via email at coaching@triathlon.org.au.

The cost of participating in a triathlon can vary. 

Race entries can range from $5 per race for a club run event up to $35+ for a race being delivered by an external provider. These costs vary depending on whether the race is being delivered by volunteers or professional events companies, whether roads are being closed for the event, the scale and size of the event etc. Race entries are less for members as they don't have to pay for a one day race license for insurance purposes.  

To participate in triathlon you don't need a great deal of equipment. As long as you have a bike that is safe (i.e. brakes work), a helmet and some running shoes you can participate! 

Not every triathlete is a great swimmer. In all races there are pool and/or surf lifesaving officials who are positioned in the water to ensure participant safety. Children are only encouraged to swim out to a depth where they feel confident and comfortable as most kids races are swum along the shoreline. Your child is welcome to do whatever stroke they feel comfortable doing. 

Triathlon: Swim/Bike/Run

A triathlon has three legs and usually follows the format of swim first, bike second and run last. 

Duathlon: Bike/Run

A duathlon encompasses two legs, ride and run. Usually set as run (longer distance), ride and run(shorter distance)

Aquathlon (Splash and Dash): Swim/Run 

An aquathlon usually runs the format of run, swim and run again with the runs set at the same distance.

A Splash and Dash is usually swim then run.

Aquabike: Swim/Ride

An aquabike runs the format of a swim, then a ride and a (very) short run into the finish line.

Cross Tri (Off-Road Tri): Swim/Bike/Run

Same format as a triathlon (Swim/Bike/Run) but the bike is usually a mountain bike course and the run a cross country/off road course.

Superleague: 3 rounds, Swim/Bike/Run (1); Run/Bike/Swim (2); Bike/Swim/Run (3)

The superleague format is very new and currently still only available to select races. It consists of three short rounds which mix up the order in which they are competed.

Teams/Family Wave: Swim/Bike/Run

Teams - run as a traditional triathlon format but teams made up of two or three participants partake in a leg of the event each. 

Family Wave - for kids races only where child may want a family member to complete the course with them for safety purposes. 

Mixed Teams Relay - Swim/Bike/Run

A new format still only available for select races. Teams are made up of four participants (2 Boys, 2 Girls) with each participants doing a complete triathlon (Swim/Bike/Run) and then tagging their teammate. Participants race Girl-Boy-Girl-Boy.

Children between the ages of 7-11 participate non-competitively. This is to maximise participation and the achievement of getting over the finish line rather than worrying about times and places. 

Distances for children can be any of the following and below:


We understand that your child may be an excellent swimmer, rider, runner or triathlete! However these distances have been set and deemed appropriate for their age category by Triathlon Australia

Most triathlons are completed in the early morning to avoid the hottest part of the day and the allow enough time for everyone to complete. 

When you arrive at the venue, your first stop should always be the registration desk. Make sure you leave plenty of time so you aren't rushed and are able to understand where everything is and can settle any race day nerves. Even though you may have already registered online, you still need to mark off that you are here and competing and pick up your race pack. You may also be able to look at the course maps here also to understand where your going. 

Bike Check In
Next stop, Bike check in. Once transition is open you are able to rack your bike and set up your transition zone. Be sure the have your helmet on and clipped up prior to entering transition as officials will check it. Set transition up how your want it to be when you come out of the swim. Be careful, once transition is closed you wont be allowed back in until your racing so make sure you are prepared! 

Race Briefing
20 minutes before swim start there will be a briefing. This is usually done at the swim start 15 minutes before the race begins. Its important to pay attention here as the race organizer will tell you important things you need to know about how the event will run. 

Go Time!
Swim start - the start will either be a mass start (all participants in your age group go off together) or a wave start (small groups of participants in your age group will be sent off in intervals). Don't be nervous about the swim, only do what you feel comfortable doing and there are plenty of lifesavers willing to help you! 

Remember Mum's and Dad's once the race is on you aren't allowed in transition to help your child, if your child needs assistance, there are volunteers and officials available to them at all times. 

Finish Line 
Most races have a recovery area for anyone who needs medical assistance and for participants to be able to recover from their race. This is usually a great meeting point for mum's and dad's to find their triathletes!

Transition Open
You have to wait until the last athlete is off the bike course before transition is open and you can collect your things. This rules is strictly adhered to. Your child got to appreciate an interruption free race so its only fair that others get to have the same courtesy. While your waiting, cheer on your fellow competitors and new found friends as they cross the finish line!

Presentations are a great way to relax and reflect on your amazing achievement! There are also often some great spot prizes on offer!

Home Time!
Congratulations to you for completing a triathlon! There are plenty of other races available to you as well as club and school programs to meet new friends and learn new skills!

Doing your first triathlon is exciting and you could be ready to give it a go! You can use any bike and there are events for kids aged 7 years and over, right across Western Australia.

What you'll need:

Goggles and bathers (you can wear a rash shirt)

Bike and Helmet (Doesn't have to be a road bike)

Running shoes, singlet or t-shirt (if your torso isn't covered by your bathers), socks and hat

Water bottle

What you'll usually get in your race kit:
Swim cap
Race numbers
PRO TIP: Put your race tattoos on before your sunscreen! Also, it's handy to have some spare pins for your race number.

In order to keep all participants safe while competing, its important that each athlete follows the rules to make sure the event is enjoyable for everyone.

Swim Rules:

  • If a swim cap is provided by the race organiser, it is compulsory that each participant wears that swim cap.
  • Participants are not allowed to use any flotation devices e.g pool noodles, flippers or floaties unless provided by the event

Ride Rules:

  • Each participant must have a well fitting helmet which is to be worn at all times during the cycle course
  • All participants must have their torso covered (singlet, t-shirt, one piece bathing suit, rash vest, trisuit, cycling top) at all times while on the cycle course
  • All participants must be wearing closed toe shoes at all times while on the cycle course 
  • If a race number is provided, this must be worn at all times during the cycle course

Run Rules:

  • All participants must have their torso covered (singlet, t-shirt, one piece bathing suit, rash vest, trisuit, cycling top) at all times while on the run course
  • All participants must be wearing closed toe shoes at all times while on the run course
  • If a race number is provided, this must be worn at all times during the run course

Transition Rules:

  • All participants must mount and dismount their bike at the appropriate marked zones
  • No 'scooting' is allowed before the mount line

Fore a comprehensive view of all Triathlon Australia's Race Competition Rules, please click here

The most important rule is to have fun!

Triathlon is a sport mostly run from late October through to early May with busiest months for events being March and April.

These are the upcoming events for this season. Register now to give triathlon a go:

For a full list of upcoming events, click here.

Most junior races and programs within Western Australia are open for children aged 7 and above at the time of the event. Events are participation based for children aged 7-12, this means events aren't timed with focus on getting to the starting line and enjoying the event. From the age of 12+ participants can begin to race competitively in events