SWIM 2 KM

Tikitapu, The Blue Lake is without exception the premier swimming venue of any triathlon in Australasia.

There is no swimming course that has repeatedly delivered such calm conditions combined with the crystal clear purity that The Blue Lake consistently offers.

This is a photo that greeted the 2014 competitors on arrival to TIkitapu. Click on the image to enlarge. Photo courtesy of Scotty T

For the first seven years, we produced this event in Taupo and the water never once rose above 15°. The average water temperature in this lake is between 18° and 21° in December. In open water swimming, 3° to 5° warmer makes a huge difference.

The chosen course is held in the north-western passive area of the lake, this is the forest side as you look at the water. It is a two lap course, anticlockwise with the first turn after 475m; (refer to the map below).

At the completion of the first lap, you come within approximately 10 m of shore, turn and then complete the second lap. You do not exit the water after the first lap.

When we say the swim is like a millpond, we weren't exaggerating. Click on the image to enlarge. Photo courtesy of Scotty T


TRAINING ON THE SWIM COURSE.

After meeting with the harbour master and local council event support staff, we all thought it prudent to reinforce to all competitors training for the swim, to do all your swim training in the correct section of the lake.


The lake has different designations.  The main body of water, directly in front of the water ski club and boat ramp is designated completely for power boats.  This makes this section of water a 100% no go area for swim training.  At all times. I will say this again, do not swim, ever, in the main body of water directly in front of the water ski club and the boat ramp.


The lake has two designated "passive" areas for swimmers. Always check the maps on display at the lake to see where the passive areas are displayed.


NEVER, AT ANY STAGE SWIM AROUND THE BUOYS AND BEGIN SWIMMING INSIDE THE ZONE DESIGNATED TO MOTORISED BOATS.
 

Thanks in advance.


WETSUIT DIPPING

We take the physical health of the beautiful lake we swim in seriously. What follows is a really simple definition of exactly who needs to get their wetsuits dipped.

When you arrive into Rotorua - is your wetsuit wet or dry?

If it is completely dry, you do not need to get your wetsuit dipped.

If your wetsuit is wet from swimming in the ocean, do you need to get your wetsuit dipped?

No. A wet wetsuit from ocean swimming does not need to be dipped.

Is your wetsuit wet from swimming in Lake Taupo, Lake Karapiro, other lakes around lake Rotorua or any New Zealand River?

Yes - you must get your wetsuit dipped.

I last swam at Lake Taupo but my wetsuit is now dry, do I need to get it dipped?

No. If the suit is dry, it does not need to be dipped.

There will be a wetsuit dipping service available on race morning for those who have a wet wetsuit from swimming in the lakes mentioned above and rivers around New Zealand.

For more information, download our Race Bible.


COURSE