The 2017 Karma Resorts Rottnest Channel Swim!

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Event Day is here!
Highly regarded worldwide and one of Western Australia's iconic events, the Karma Resorts 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 Karma Resorts 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 2017 Karma Resorts Rottnest Channel Swim

This Saturday morning, over 2,500 swimmers will take part in the world's largest open water swimming event, and will cross 19.7km of the Indian Ocean to make their way to Rottnest Island. Regardless of whether you are an experienced Rottnest Channel skipper or will be skippering for the very first time, it is important you take the time to reflect on the safety information provided to you from the 2017 Karma Resorts Rottnest Channel Swim Event Briefing.

Preparation is the key to a successful crossing and, in this edition of e-news, we've included final important event updates and reminders.

IMPORTANT: If a representative from your team has not yet attended a Safety Briefing, they must attend the International, Interstate and Regional Briefing held on Friday, 24 February 2017 at 10am at Fremantle Sailing Club.

Updating Swimmer and Support Boat details

The online registration system closes today (Wednesday, 22 February) at 5.00pm. In the Event that a team member is no longer able to participate, the team must submit the below forms to the Help Desk at the start line. It is extremely important that the details we have on record for you are correct in case of an emergency,

Download the Swimmer and Skipper Details Form here.

Race ready reminders

As the 2017 Karma Resorts Rottnest Channel Swim is just around the corner, we have the following reminders for you:

1. Race Number Tattoos. Please ensure each member of your team has their race number Sportstiks tattoo on their arm prior to arriving at Cottesloe Beach. Please ensure you place the tattoo the correct way around with the logo at the top. If you do misplace your race number tattoos volunteers at the registration tents will be available on the morning of the swim to write your race number on your arm with a black marker.

2. Swim Caps. Make sure you all wear your official swim cap as provided in your race pack. If you want to be photographed, it is recommended you write your race number on the front of your swim cap so you can be identified.

3. Wave Time. Please ensure you arrive at Cottesloe Beach at least one hour prior to your start wave time. Confirm this time with your support crew and skipper to ensure no last minute stress on the morning of the event. Soloists have been allocated wave times, please check your email for your correct wave.

4. Parking. It is preferable that swimmers are dropped off to the start line as Marine Parade becomes quickly congested on the morning of the event.

5. Reminder from Police. Remember to "look, lock and leave” when parking your vehicles. Take these simple steps to reduce the chance of becoming a victim of theft. Before you leave your car, look inside and make sure you have not left any valuables behind or on display and check that all doors and windows are locked.

6. The Skipper is Responsible. Make sure your Support Boat and Skipper are both ready to complete the day and that they have the Support Boat Stickers clearly visible above the water line on both sides of the boat and that your skipper has their Safety Protocol on hand for entire day.

The RCSA would like to wish all our swimmers a safe and successful crossing to Rottnest Island and we look forward to seeing you all at the new finish line!


We will be regularly posting weather updates on the event website as soon as they come to hand. Regardless of the weather forecast in the lead up to the event, the decision for the event to proceed is not made until approximately 4.00am on the morning of the event. All solo swimmers, team captains of duos and teams, and all skippers will receive a GO or NO GO confirmation text message between approximately 4.00am and 4.30am on the morning of the Event.

Stay updated on event day

Do you have family or friends that want to be part of the event but can't be on the boat? If so, then tell them we have a range of options so they can stay updated on event day!

  1. Listen to hit92.9 for the latest news from the finish line
  2. Watch Network TEN for the highlights on Event day
  3. Check out PerthNow for the results and read The Sunday Times for the best parts of your favourite day.
2017 Merchandise

Looking for t-shirts for your support crew? Additional t-shirts can be purchased on the island at the Help Desk right near the photo queuing and massage area. T-shirts are $40.00 each and we have eftpos available on the day and will be the sizes we have left. Our friends Aussie Gold will be next to us for the Rotto Swim singles, short sleeved t-shirts and the limited edition solo print so make sure to pop by for a visit.


As the proud sponsor of the Karma Resorts Rottnest Channel Swim, Karma Resorts invites you to enjoy a little extra good Karma in your life with their compliments.

Enjoy a complimentary Karma Club membership (valued at $499 USD) and a ONE-OFF 40% DISCOUNT for use at any of their global resorts plus 25% off food, beverages and spa packages. Complete your membership by visiting or find the Karma Resorts Team this Saturday and sign up with them!

If you're already a valued member please contact the Karma Club concierge team, quote the event special promo code 'SWIM17' when booking your next luxury holiday experience.

Don't forget you can also celebrate the big day in style at Karma Rottnest with our Karma Seafood & Bubbles dining experience. Places selling out quick, pre-book now!

For more information:

2017 MapSwim App

Solo swimmer Andrew Hunt from app developer MapImagery has set up the MapSwim real time Swimmer Tracking app again for this year's event.

The MapSwim app allows your family and friends who don't get a spot on your support boat to keep track of how you are going. Your support crew can also use MapSwim to see how other swimmers and teams are getting on during the swim.

For more information on MapSwim and detailed setup instructions see:

Note: Remember to Test MapSwim with your swimmer details before Event day and organise an external 12V power source on the boat so you have enough charge on your phone when you arrive on the island.

Perth Integrated Health (PIH) - Recovery Massage & Treatment @ Finish Line

We are excited to have PIH practitioners at the finish line providing Recovery Massage and Treatment for the third year running from 1030am-5pm. The PIH team are passionate about treating swimmers and have been involved at the elite and recreational level of swimming for the past thirty years. For more information email Lucy Liongue via

I'm A Celebrity…Get me Out Of Here! Is back on TEN

The highly anticipated third series of the hit family entertainment sensation I'm A Celebrity…Get Me Out Of Here! is back on TEN. Join Julia Morris and Chris Brown in the magnificent South African jungle to host the show which boast heartfelt moments, spectacular challenges and stomach-churning trials. Our celebrities have been dropped into the South African jungle and things are about the get wild. Tune in Sunday to Thursday for amazing must-see television moments, challenges and Tucker Trials.

Post swim entertainment

The RCSA has been working hard to make the 2017 Karma Resorts Rottnest Channel Swim better every year! For 2017, we have local artist Reuben De Melo lined up who will be performing at the finish line enclosure after the solo photo and presentations. The gig will be family friendly and has been designed to provide an alternative location to help you celebrate your 2017 Rotto Swim!


You might be familiar with the great, refreshing taste of Masters Choc, but did you know that it also makes a great drink for post-exercise recovery?

With 19g of protein to repair, energy to refuel and electrolytes to rehydrate, Masters Choc Milk is ideal for recovery after a big training session or at the end of the big race!

Don't just take it from us - watch AFL star, Josh Kennedy, talk about the about the importance of recovery here.

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