Five weeks to go till #RottoSwim2018

What you need to know to make sure your ready
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Get ready for the Briefing!
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.
The 2018 Metro Safety Briefing 

The Metro Safety Briefing for the 2018 Rottnest Channel Swim is only two weeks away! This is a reminder that the briefing will be held on Saturday, 3 February in the Main Arena at HBF Stadium, (100 Stephenson Avenue, Mount Claremont) commencing at 2.30pm.

Here are the details you need to know:

  • Start time: The briefing will commence at 2.30pm sharp. Late-comers will be allowed into the venue at non-disruptive intervals via the upper doors. As per previous years, we shut the doors once the briefing starts so make sure to come down early. 
  • Pre-briefing activities: from 1.30pm there will be entertainment from our sponsors and event helpers on the grassed area out the front of HBF Stadium. We will have music and icy poles from hit92.9, a sausage sizzle from Surf Life Saving WA and the Department of Transport (Marine) will also be there to for any skipper questions. We encourage you to come down early for the ultimate #rottoswim afternoon!
  • Skipper attendance: We recommend strongly that your skipper attends the briefing as they are ultimately responsible for your wellbeing during your crossing. The 2018 briefing video will also be available online after the briefing for those who cannot attend the afternoon. 
  • Race pack collection: Race packs contain your race caps, stickers, protocols and t-shirts. These are available for collection after the briefing. Please note that race packs cannot be collected without a representative from the team attending a briefing. Race packs WILL NOT be able to be collected from the RCSA office.
  • T-shirts and hats: If you missed out on ordering additional t-shirts or hats this year or would like more (great gifts for your support crew!), these will also be available for purchase before and after the Safety Briefing.
  • Wave categories: Once your race number has been allocated to your team you are free to pass on your boat and paddler stickers to your support crew ready for the big day. Similar to last year, your race number is now fixed even if you change categories.
  • Parking and Transportation: Parking is limited at HBF Stadium and it can become congested. It is important to allow extra time to find a parking spot and for traffic delays (which are inevitable with everyone arriving for the same event). It is recommended that you ride your bike, or carpool. If you need to drive, please consider using the alternative entrance into the stadium, via McGillivray Road.
  • It is compulsory for your team to be represented at a briefing, if you are unable to make the briefing you will need to contact us at


REMINDER: Support Crew Info Session for first timers

The Support Crew Info Session is a panel discussion with the 2018 Race Director, 2018 Event Manager, an experienced skipper and paddler as well as representatives from the Rottnest Island Authority and the Department of Transport (Marine Safety).

The Session will start with an overview of what to expect as support crew then move into a question and answer session. Please note that it is not compulsory to attend this session.

It will be held from 4.45pm on Saturday, 3 February 2018 at HBF Stadium directly following the Metro Safety Briefing and race pack collection.

Reserve your place here



REMINDER: Cotto Swim for supporters



The Rottnest Channel Swim Association is excited to introduce the inaugural Cotto Swim. The new event will see swimmers take off from the Cottesloe Beach start enclosure, swimming 1.5km around the iconic STS Leeuwin II then returning back to Cottesloe Beach again, a 3km round trip!

For those just starting out or returning to open water, a 1km novice option will also be available.

The Cotto Swim provides everyone with the opportunity to get involved in the excitement and challenge of race morning. Starting directly after the last wave of the main event, Cotto is ideal for family or friends to get amongst the action before heading over to Rottnest to cheer on their swimmers.  Head to for more info.


REMINDER: Attention new paddlers



Did you know we also have a Rotto Swim Paddler Course available?

Thanks to our friends at Paddle WA, the course is specifically designed for new or inexperienced paddlers to help with your Rottnest Channel Swim crossing. The course runs from 8am – 12pm on Sunday, 4 February 2018 at the Ascot Kayak Club in Garvey Park and will go over the basics of paddler strokes, essential support crew tips, and what to expect on Event day. Click here to register.

Please note that participants in the course are required to bring their own equipment and a minimum of 10 registrations is required to run the course.


Additional merchandise available 

Looking for t-shirts or a hat for your support crew? Additional merchandise will be available for purchase before and after the Metro Safety Briefing on Saturday, 3 February.

T-shirts and hats will be available on the grassed area in front of the stadium from 1.30pm to 2.15pm prior to the briefing and again from 3.30pm – 4.30pm in the race pack collection area. T-shirts are $40.00 each and we have eftpos available on the day.

Please note that t-shirt exchanges can only be made at the briefings.  

Skippers' questionnaire

All skippers for the 2018 Rottnest Channel Swim must complete an online questionnaire to be able to participate in the Event.

This year, skippers have from Monday, 5 February until 5.00pm on Wednesday, 22 February to complete the questionnaire. The questionnaire will feature a series of safety based questions that are designed to ensure the rules and regulations of the event are understood.

While we will be sending your skipper this information as well, please give your skipper a gentle reminder to complete this questionnaire (and pass on your race number too please!).

Additionally, the data we collect as part of your registration includes contact numbers that will be used on the day (in case of emergencies and GO/NO GO text messages), as well as the Recreational Skipper's Ticket number. It is important to make sure all your details are entered correctly. If you want to check this, solos, duo and team captains can view and edit their registration in their account. 



Understand the risks of hypothermia



Did you know that up to 40% of solo swimmers who swim to Rottnest are at risk of developing a level of hypothermia? Hypothermia is a significant medical risk of mass participation long-distance open water swimming and a research document of the same name was written by Professor Ian Rogers following an observational study he conducted of solo swimmers in the 2006 Rottnest Channel Swim.

Thanks to Professor Ian Rogers, we have a video that outlines mild and severe symptoms that can be recognised by support crew as well as preventative actions that you can undertake for your 2018 Rottnest Channel Swim. Additionally, you can hear from successful soloist, John Muir, who shares his personal experience of having hypothermia and other medical complications. 

The RCSA strongly urges all swimmers, but particularly solos, to watch the videos to understand the risks associated with hypothermia as becoming hypothermic can be life threatening.



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Australia Day 2018

With Australia Day approaching, spend your morning celebrating our beautiful coast at the OWS Series. After nearly 1000 swimmers took part last year in the official Rotto Rehearsal at Sorrento, we're looking to go above and beyond and make this another amazing swim in a record breaking season.

With a run of perfect weather and amazing conditions, Sorrento is the place to be on Australia Day.

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