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Pool Swimming

We offer lots of pool based swim sessions, which generally last 1-1.5 hours. The sessions generally start with a gentle warm up, followed by swim drills to improve technique, then a main set to develop endurance/speed and ending with a warm down.


At peak times of the year, we implement a compulsory sign up for swim sessions via the website to ensure we don't exceed the pool capacity. Please use the links in the calendar to sign up for sessions.


Oxford Tri welcomes people of all abilities whether you are new to triathlon or an experienced athlete.  Unfortunately we cannot accommodate non-swimmers at the coached swim sessions. The club coaches can help develop and improve technique but will not be able to teach fundamentals during sessions.


We ask that members are able to swim a minimum of 400m (16 lengths).  As a guideline this distance would be covered in approximately 12 mins with at least 100m swum non stop.  Front crawl is the preferred triathlon stroke but breast stoke is acceptable.  Meeting this standard will ensure members benefit from the sessions and most importantly have fun and enjoy themselves. If you are not currently at this level we can recommend appropriate swimming classes from local ASA approved instructors. Occasional sessions will be run aimed at the more novice swimmers.

A basic understanding of simple swim drills is useful, but not essential. Please also familiarise yourselves with the lane etiquette policy (attached below for download).

If you have any questions please contact the lead coach at leadcoach [at] oxfordtri [dot] co [dot] uk (leadcoach [at] oxfordtri [dot] co [dot] uk).


The pools we currently swim at, along with some additional information, are:


Radley College Sports Centre, Radley College, Kennington Road, Radley, Abingdon OX14 2HR.

Swim hats are compulsory at Radley!


Barton Leisure Centre, Waynflete Road, Barton, Oxford, OX3 8GA.


Headington School, Oxford, OX3 0BL

PARKING AT HEADINGTON SCHOOL: There will be limited parking right by the swimming pool so it is best if you enter via Headley Way and park by the hockey pitch.

NO SHOES IN IN THE CHANGING ROOMS PLEASE! This is a school rule that we must abide by or we risk losing the use of this facility, please leave your shoes in the entrance corridor before entering the changing rooms.


Kidlington & Gosford Sports Centre - Oxford Rd, Kidlington OX5 2NU