2017 Karma Resorts Rottnest Channel Swim

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Start the New Year with a splash! 
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.
2017 Metro Safety Briefing

The  Metro Safety Briefing for the 2017 Karma Resorts Rottnest Channel Swim will be held on Saturday, 4 February 2017 in the Main Arena at HBF Stadium, (Stephenson Avenue, Mount Claremont) commencing at 4pm.

Some important need-to-knows:

  • Start time: The briefing will commence at 4pm sharp. Late-comers will be allowed into the venue at non-disruptive intervals via the upper doors.
  • Skipper attendance: We strongly recommend that your skipper attends the briefing as they are ultimately responsible for your wellbeing during your crossing.
  • Race pack collection: Race packs contain your race caps, stickers, protocols and t-shirts. These are available for collection after the briefing. 
  • T-shirts: If you missed out on ordering additional t-shirts this year or would like more (great gifts for your support crew!), these will also be available for purchase on the afternoon, 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's and paddler's stickers to your support crew ready for the big day (unlike previous years, 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.

We look forward to seeing (most of) you there!

Just a reminder to regional, interstate and international swimmers that we have a separate briefing for you on Friday, 24 February 2017. As this briefing is strictly invitation only, the specifics will be sent directly to you after the Metro Safety Briefing. 

Support Crew Info Night

Next week the RCSA is holding a free Support Crew Info Night (Wednesday, 18 January 2017). The session will be held at the Fremantle Sailing Club, 151 Marine Terrace, South Fremantle and starts at 6pm.

This event has been designed for first time skippers and support crew who are looking for some insight into what to expect on swim day as well as tips and tricks to ensure a safe and successful crossing. Of course, if you are a swimmer or have supported the event before, you are welcome to attend!

There will be representatives from Fremantle Sailing Club, Fremantle Volunteers Sea Rescue Group and Department of Transport (Marine Safety), as well as stories from experienced Rotto Swim paddlers and skippers. While the session is free, registrations are essential so please click here.  

Additionally, there will be an opportunity for support boats to receive a free boat inspection in the Fremantle Sailing Club carpark. If you are interested, please email your full name and mobile number to enquiries@rottnestchannelswim.com.au to book your spot. 

Paddler Course

Would you love for a family member or friend to be your paddler, but you're not sure they have the skills? Problem solved…

Canoeing WA is holding a new course that is specifically designed for new or inexperienced paddlers who want to support you in the Karma Resorts Rottnest Channel Swim. It will be held on the morning of Sunday, 5 February 2017 and will run through the basics of paddle strokes, tips and what to expect on event day.

The session will cost $50 and will run from 8.00am to 12pm at the Ascot Kayak Club at Garvey Park. If you are interested, please email your full name and mobile number to: enquiries@rottnestchannelswim.com.au. Paddlers are required to bring their own equipment to the session.

Champs of the Bay

The Swimming WA Open Water Swimming (OWS) Series and the Rottnest Channel Swim Association are bringing open water swimming to kids this February!

On Sunday, 26 February (following the 2017 Karma Resorts Rottnest Channel Swim), kids from 7-13 years-old are invited to have a go in the annual Champs of the Bay swim. Featuring four distances – 150m, 300m, 450m and 600m, the event gives kids of all abilities the opportunity to have a go and test the waters of the OWS Series in a fun, friendly environment.

The event will kick off at 9:30am in Thomson Bay (just north of the Ferry Jetty) where the kids will feel like real Rottnest Channel swimmers as they get their swimming cap and race tattoo. Entry for Champs of the Bay is just $18 per child and includes their ferry ride there and back for the day! For more information visit openwaterswimming.com.au.


Registration for the 2017 Karma Resorts Rottnest Channel Swim is now officially closed, however Karma Resorts is giving YOU the exclusive opportunity to win a team of four and compete in the Lavan Charity Challenge! The 2017 event is shaping up to be one of the biggest yet, so you'll need a good team behind you... the good news is we're letting you choose your team mates! You'll also get a support crew, boat, skipper, mooring and accommodation. Runners up receive a $7K holiday at Karma Kandara, Bali Indonesia. 

Ready... set... go! 

For competition details and your chance to win enter here: www.karmagroup.com/swim17/ entries close TOMORROW! 

Support boat and swimmer changes

We understand that circumstances change and you may need to replace a swimmer or update your skipper or support boat details.

Changes to your entry can be made online via your Active.com account until 5pm on Wednesday, 22 February 2017. After this time, the RCSA will not accept any changes to your registration. All registration details must be true and correct by this time or you will not be permitted to enter the water on race day. We encourage team captains to ensure you have updated your skipper information via your Active.com account and that all team members have successfully added themselves to your team. For the seven easy steps on how team members can join your team, visit question 9 on our Registration FAQ page and question 11 for how to change a swimmer. 

2017 Rotto Rehearsal

What are you doing this Australia Day?

Make it one to remember by taking the opportunity to qualify for a solo Rottnest Channel crossing at the Official Rotto Rehearsal round of the Open Water Swimming Series at Sorrento. This is your last chance to qualify for this year's Karma Resorts Rottnest Channel swim!

If you're not ready for a 10km, choose from the 150m "come and try” swim, 500m, 1.25km, 2.5km or 5km events. It's going to be a great day with heaps of fun to be had both in and out of the water. Go to openwaterswimming.com.au to register now. 

KFC Big Bash League And Rebel Women's Big Bash League on TEN

Summer's Biggest Hit is back on Network Ten. The KFC Big Bash League is back for 2017, live and exclusive on TEN and ONE. The best commentary team in the business is back for 2016-17, led by multi-award nominated presenter Roz Kelly with cricket royalty Adam Gilchrist, Ricky Ponting, Mark Waugh and Damien Fleming. Also this Summer, the Rebel Women's Big Bash League will see Australian greats Mel Jones and Lisa Sthalekar return to the commentary box, live and exclusive on TEN and ONE.



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