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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.
Registrations are less than a month away

With the 2018 Rottnest Channel Swim registrations now less than a month away from opening, make sure you are ready to secure your spot.

Registrations for Solos and Lavan Charity Challenge teams will be for one week only from 8.00am (AWST) Monday, 23 October to 5.30pm (AWST) Sunday, 29 October 2017.

Duos and Teams will follow from 8.00am (AWST) Wednesday, 1 November with all team members needed to be entered by 5.30pm (AWST) Sunday, 5 November 2017.

Last year both Duo and Team registrations sold out in a matter of hours so make sure you're ready and have your account set up prior to registrations. For more information on how to register, head to our website.

Interested in supporting an interstate or international team? 

With over 200 athletes flying in from interstate or abroad for the Rottnest Channel Swim each year, many swimmers need help finding a boat, skipper and/or paddler to help make their dream a reality.

If you are interested in helping an international or interstate solo, duo or team, please contact and we will connect you with those looking for a support boat and crew. Alternatively, you can put a post on our website Forum or Facebook page.

The Rottnest Channel Swim Association is also looking for a number of boats to assist international athletes competing in our elite solo wave, Champions of the Channel. If you are keen to support one of these elite solo swimmers and see some super quick swimming, please contact the RCSA on 9482 3530. 

We are 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 free return ticket to Rottnest Island, 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.

Qualifying Swims for 2018 Solos

As per our Event Rules, all intending solo swimmers are required to have completed either a previous solo crossing in the past two years or a 10km qualifying swim.

The 10km solo qualifying swim must be completed between Saturday, 1 November 2017 and Sunday, 1 February 2018. There are a number of 10km events available as part of Swimming WA's Open Water Swim Series, including the official Rotto Rehearsal being held on Friday, 26 January 2018 at Sorrento Beach (WA). Alternatively you can visit our website for a list of other qualifying swim options.

Please note, the 10km qualifying swim needs to be completed within 4 hours and 15 minutes to be eligible for entry.

Rottnest Island Carnivale

Are you looking for an Island-wide fiesta packed with free entertainment and activities?

On Saturday, 28 October 2017 from 10am until late, Rottnest will come alive with a huge array of activities for the whole family!

With devious pirates, majestic mermaids, live performances, a sustainable food theatre, Telethon Adventurers and much, much more – there is something for everyone to enjoy at the Rottnest Island Carnivale!

Special return ferries will be running on the day with tickets from $29 ex Fremantle, $39 ex Hillarys, and part proceeds going to Telethon!

Book now at:  

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

Join us on social media

Stay in the loop with the Rottnest Channel Swim by liking us on Facebook and joining the 2018 Rottnest Channel Swim event here to get all your FAQs answered.

For those who love a hashtag we are also on Instagram! We would love to see all your swim squad pics, training tips and everything else which makes the Rotto Swim your favourite day so make sure you share the love with #rottoswim and by tagging us at @rottoswim. 

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