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Registrations open Monday!

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.

REMINDER: Registration Dates

With registrations just days away, make sure you have the right dates locked into your calendar:

Solos / Tandem Solos:

  • 8.00am (AWST) Monday, 23 October to 5.30pm (AWST) Sunday, 29 October. As per previous years, all Solos will receive guaranteed entry into the Event.

Lavan Charity Challenge Teams

  • 30 places will be available for the Lavan Charity Challenge with registration on a first-in first-served basis during solo week, from 8.00am (AWST) Monday, 23 October to 5.30pm (AWST) Sunday, 29 October.
  • Click here for more information on raising money for charity and the Lavan Charity Challenge.

Duos and Teams:

  • Registrations for Duos and Teams open at 8.00am (AWST) Wednesday, 1 November. Last year registrations sold out in two hours so make sure you are ready at 8am to secure your spot.
  • Team members will then have until 5.30pm (AWST) Sunday, 5 November to join the team. Teams and duos that do not have all there members entered by this time, risk losing their spot.
  • Please note, no spots will be held for international, interstate and regional participants.

Tip: be prepared and set up your ACTIVE.com account (also known as an Active Passport), prior to registrations. For more information on how to do this and the registration process, visit our Registration FAQ page.

For all other info, including entry fees, event categories and the first-in first-served process, go to the 'Event Info' tab on our website.

Struggling to get a boat? How about the Tandem Solo option?

The Tandem Solo option is for two solo swimmers who would like to share a boat, who regularly train together and swim at the same pace.

When you register to swim as a Tandem Solo, you must register under the 'Tandem Solo' category and include the full name of the person you will be swimming with.

To ensure both swimmers have a safe and successful solo crossing we have the following event rules in place:

  • Swimmers must stay within close proximity of each other (10-20 meters). This means swimmers will need to swim at the same pace.
  • Each swimmer must have their own paddler.
  • If a partner Solo swimmer is slower, the other swimmer must slow to meet their pace. Alternatively either solo swimmer may choose to withdraw.
  • If a partner Solo swimmer becomes unwell and requires medical assistance causing the boat to have to stop, the other swimmer will either tread water until the boat is able to proceed or also withdraw from the event.

2018 Champions of the Channel 

Champions of the Channel (COTC) will be back again in 2018 as part of the Rottnest Channel Swim.

After receiving stakeholder and swimmer feedback, there have been a number of changes to ensure CotC is a high quality competition for elite swimmers:

  • CotC will be a solo category only
  • CotC will be an elite wave consisting of the top seeded soloists (based on your uploaded 10km qualifying time)
  • ALL solos are eligible for cash prizes. This means that whether you're in the CotC or other solo waves, you are still in the running to win the cash prizes.
  • And the best part of all is, solo category cash prizes will be awarded for soloists from 1st place through to 5th place for males and females.

All swimmers looking to enter the Champions of the Channel, should enter the regular solo category of the Rottnest Channel Swim and will be advised in the first week of February if they have qualified.

If you would like more information, please visit our website or email the RCSA office at query@rottnestchannelswim.com.au.

2018 Cotto Swim 

The Rottnest Channel Swim Association is excited to introduce the inaugural Cotto Swim in 2018. 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, completing 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. Whether you're working your way up to the main event, missed out on an entry or just fancy a swim at the iconic Cottesloe Beach – Cotto is a swim for everyone.

Registrations open Thursday, 30 November 2017.

For more info, visit our website.

REMINDER: We're looking for Volunteers!

With the 2018 Rottnest Channel Swim less than five months away, we've begun our search for volunteers! Volunteers are a vital part of the Rotto Swim culture and without their amazing dedication we would not be able to deliver the Event.

As a volunteer you'll receive a 2018 t-shirt and hat, a front row seat to all the action and you get to help swimmers cross the finish line!

We require volunteers for a variety of roles, both at the Event Briefing on Saturday, 3 February 2018 and on Event Day - Saturday, 24 February 2018 at the start and finish line.

If you want to join our amazing volunteer crew, you can register here. Hurry, places are limited!

Please note, volunteers must attend the compulsory Volunteer Briefing at 12noon on Saturday, 3 February 2018 at HBF Stadium.

Spring on Rottnest Island

Dreaming of a mid-week getaway?
Celebrate this beautiful spring weather with a last minute getaway to Rottnest! Available from Sunday to Thursday, with discounted return ferry fares included.

  • $399 for a 3 night midweek stay in a 2 bedroom Standard Unit
  • $569 for a 5 night midweek stay in a 2 bedroom Standard Unit

 Book now at www.rottnestisland.com/springiton
 *Conditions apply

2018 Virtual Rottnest Swim Expression of Interest

The Virtual Rottnest Channel Swim (VRCS) is back again and designed for those who cannot make the Rottnest Channel Swim or simply want a bit of fun and friendly competition at their local pool!

We are excited to be partnering again with Swimming WA for this year's VRCS.  The VRCS encourages swimmers not only to get involved in their local community but also to raise funds for their local swim club. Participants must be at least 10 years old to enter, and we welcome expressions of interest from all areas!

If you and your local pool are interested, please register your interest by completing the form and sending it to sharon.shepherd@wa.swimming.org.au. 


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