Swim into Spring

The Swimmers' Seminar is next week!
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Swim into Spring!
Highly regarded worldwide and one of Western Australia's iconic events, the Rottnest Channel Swim is a 19.7km open water swim from Cottesloe Beach to Rottnest Island. Whether competing as a solo, duo or team, the Rottnest Channel Swim is a 'team' event with all swimmers surrounded by a support network of paddlers, boat skippers and crew. The event, managed by the Rottnest Channel Swim Association, is held in February of each year and is Rottnest Island's biggest day.

Swimmers' Seminarall the info you need to make it to Rotto!

The RCSA will be holding a free first time Swimmers' Seminar on Tuesday, 11 September 2018, from 6.00pm to 7.30pm at the Lecture Theatre at HBF Stadium. The Seminar will see swimmers and industry professionals discuss training, swimming tips, nutrition, preparation, the signs of hypothermia, as well as common mistakes.

While it is designed for solos, anyone who is interested in swimming in the 2019 Rottnest Channel Swim for the first time will find it helpful and is welcome to attend.

For more information, please visit the Rottnest Channel Swim website or you can stream the seminar free via the Facebook event page here.


Drum roll please... the 2019 t-shirt design is here

After an absolutely incredible field of designs a winner has emerged! Congratulations to Lana Stephens from Fremantle. She has taken the honours with a modern take on the channel swimmer. The design took the committee's eye as a simple yet elegant portrait that encapsulated the mix of excitement and trepidation swimmers feel as they stand on the start line.

Lana touts herself as a committed spectator of the event and plans to use the prize money to invest in her studies and design interests.

Congratulations Lana!



2019 Event and Registration dates



We are excited to announce that the 2019 Rottnest Channel Swim will be held on Saturday, 23 February 2019! Make sure you stay up to date with all the details by clicking attend on our Facebook event page found here.

Please also take note of the registration dates below:

Monday, 1 October to Sunday 14 October 2018

  • Teams and duos who were forced to withdraw from the 2018 event due to the shark sighting, will have two weeks for their team captain to register. Emails have already been sent to those affected and more details will be sent out later this year.

    A reminder that those teams and duos have until Friday, 14 September to lodge a change of team captain by sending an email to query@rottnestchannelswim.com.au. The assigned team captain will then receive an email outlining how to enter their team on Monday, 17 September 2018.

Monday, 22 October to Sunday, 28 October 2018

  • Solos (this includes tandem solos)
  • Lavan Charity Challenge teams (limited spaces available) 

Wednesday, 31 October until sold out

  • Duos and Teams (first in first served)

Please note: soloists receive guaranteed entry and the category is open for one week only. For the 2018 Event, the duos and team spots sold out in less than an hour, so make sure your team captain is ready to go! You can find more information on how to prepare for registration week here.


Update on shark sighting and evacuation protocol



In its review of actions taken when a shark is sighted on course, the Rottnest Channel Swim Association (RCSA) has consulted with swimmers, Fremantle Volunteer Sea Rescue, WA police, St Johns Ambulance, Surf Life Saving WA, the Department of Transport, Department of Fisheries, Department of Fire and Emergency Services,  local Surf Life Saving Clubs and experienced skippers. This review is ongoing, and we will update the swimming community on outcomes at its conclusion

In the meantime,

The RCSA after ongoing expert consultation can confirm that swimmers will continue to be evacuated from the water should the Race Committee determine that there is a high risk to swimmers. The RCSA has also taken into account the comments made in the coronial inquest into the death of a young surf lifesaver at national championships in 2010.  The full report can be found here.

After reviewing the feedback from swimmers it is clear, regardless of the official recorded result swimmers would like to opportunity to cross the finish line. The RCSA has committed to investigating the option of allowing re-entry to evacuated swimmers under the proviso this can be done safely.

Another area under review is the Race Committee's ability to identify and monitor a shark following a reported sighting. The RCSA is investigating the most efficient way of providing a dedicated resource for this purpose for the 2019 Rottnest Channel Swim.

Finally, it became clear at the 2018 Rottnest Channel Swim that many swimmers and support crew were unaware of the event rules with regard to on-water evacuations. Over the coming months and within various Event collateral, we will outline exactly what is expected of swimmers and support crew on Event day to ensure the safety and cooperation of all participants.


We've moved

The Rottnest Channel Swim Association has moved offices (…again!) and has a brand new phone number. If you do need to contact us you can call 08 6555 3970 or send us mail to PO Box 2004, Claremont North, WA 6010


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