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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.
2019 Metro Safety Briefing


The Metro Safety Briefing for the 2019 Rottnest Channel Swim is only two weeks away! This is a reminder that the briefing will be held on Saturday, 2 February in the Main Arena at HBF Stadium, (Stephenson Avenue, Mount Claremont) commencing at 2.30pm. But first, 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 hit92.9 and merchandise sales on the grassed area out the front of HBF Stadium. Department of Transport (Marine) will also be there for any skipper enquiries.
  • Skipper attendance: We strongly recommend that your skipper attends the briefing as they are ultimately responsible for your wellbeing during your crossing. The 2019 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. 
  • Electronic check in: In order to collect your pack this year, you will be sent an email prior to the briefing which contains your unique QR code which will be scanned by volunteers at the registration desks. Please ensure you have this QR code on your phone or have it printed off for the briefing.
  • T-shirts and hats: If you missed out on ordering additional t-shirts or hats via the rego system or would like more (great gifts for your support crew!), these will also be available for purchase before and after the Safety Briefing. T-shirts are $40.00 each and we have eftpos available on the day. 
  • Wave categories: Once your race number has been allocated to your team, you should pass on your boat and paddler stickers to your support crew, ready for the big day (your race number is 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.
  • Compulsory attendance: 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


The Support Crew Info Session is a panel discussion with the 2019 Race Director, 2019 Event Manager, an experienced skipper and paddler as well as representatives from Fremantle Sea Rescue, the Rottnest Island Authority and the Department of Transport.

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 4.15pm on Saturday, 2 February 2019 at HBF Stadium directly following the Metro Safety Briefing and race pack collection.



Skippers Questionnaire


All skippers for the 2019 Rottnest Channel Swim must complete an online questionnaire to be able to participate in the event.

This year, skippers have from Wednesday, 6 February until 5.00pm on Wednesday, 20 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 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 2019 Rottnest Channel Swim. Additionally, you can hear from successful soloist, John Muir, who shares his personal experience of having hypothermia and other medical implications. 

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.



Discover the magic of Rottnest Island this summer


Whether you want to peddle or paddle, sightsee or swim this summer, Rottnest Express can take you there. Take the family and spend time discovering the magic of a summer day spent on Rotto.

Just a short 25-minute ferry ride from Fremantle, Rottnest Island is the perfect getaway and offers a range of tours – grab a bike, take a bus tour or hire some snorkelling gear and spend the day exploring. Rottnest Express has return ferry fares starting from just $49.



Upcoming events at HBF Stadium


We've got an exciting calendar of events this Summer!

Including an award winning underwater Fringe World show and iconic hip hop and pop acts!

  • Brittany Raymond & Victoria Baldessara Dance Class | 21 January
  • Wet Sounds (Fringe World) | 24 – 29 January
  • Ms. Lauryn Hill with very special guest Nas | 5 February
  • Boyzone | 30 March

See our website for tickets and event info.

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