Triathlon for kids

Triathlons for Kids

All the information you need if your kids want to get into Triathlon and live in Devon!

You don’t need to be a member of a club & you just need basic kit: a swimming costume, probably some goggles, a bike, a helmet & some trainers (see separate article on Choosing a Kids Bike).  We have also created Guide to Junior Triathlons with lots of advice on kit & equipment in one place.

We now have novice kids races at our events for children aged 5-14 in addition to the Tristar categories. See separate FAQ on  age groups

If your child enjoys their first Triathlon experience then it’s time to think about joining a group or club. There are some great local clubs for learning & mastering the disciplines individually & a couple of triathlon clubs with junior sections too.


All leisure centres offer swimming lessons for children. For example these ones at Torbay Leisure Centre or these ones at the Riviera Centre in Torquay

Once they’ve learnt to swim kids can join a local swimming club eg Paignton Swimming Club based at the Leisure Centre in Clennon Valley

If your child is less keen on pool swimming there are some excellent Surf Life Saving clubs in the area such as the Torbay Surf Life Saving Club and the Teignmouth Beach Surf LIfe Saving Club. Both cater for children and also look after the swim safety for the triathlons we organise that have open water swims..


The Mid Devon Cycling Club has a very active Junior section for children aged 8 and above. It also organises regular sessions at the Velopark. See


Torbay Athletics Club has an active junior section for young athletes aged 8-18. Click here to find out more


Put all the disciplines together and compete in a triathlon. All our events are listed on THIS PAGE & most have junior races too.  Keen youngsters may also join one of the local Junior Triathlon Clubs although it may involve some travelling depending on where you live.

Exeter Tri Club has a thriving junior section.
As does Plymouth Triathlon Club
In the Torbay area the Torbay Triathlon Club doesn’t currently have a junior section.

There is more information in our  Guide to Junior Triathlon. There is also lots of information about Junior Triathlon on the British Triathlon website. See