Registrations Open Monday!

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Everything you need to know for Registrations! 
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 around the corner, make sure you have the right dates locked into your calendar:

Solos / Tandem Solos:

  • 8.00am (AWST) Monday, 24 October to 5.30pm (AWST) Sunday, 30 October 2016. As per previous years, all solos will receive guaranteed entry into the Event.

Duos and Teams:

  • This year, the registration system for duos and teams is a first in first served process. These open at 8.00am (AWST) Wednesday, 2 November to 5.30pm (AWST) Sunday, 6 November 2016, or until sold out.
  • Please note, no spots will be held for international, interstate and regional participants.
Tip: be prepared and set up your 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.

Sharing is caring - Tandem Solos

The option of tandem solos was introduced as part of the 2016 Event and is a great way to complete a solo if it will be your first crossing (two swimmers and only one boat!). It is designed for solo's who regularly train together, so to ensure both swimmers have a successful crossing, we have strict procedures in place outlined in our 2017 Event Rules (see Rule 13).

If you would like to register to swim as a tandem solo in the 2017 Karma Resorts Rottnest Channel Swim, you must include the full name of the person you will be swimming with and register during solo week in the 'Tandem Solo' category.

Swim for a cause - Lavan Legal Charity Challenge 

Lavan Legal is very proud to support the Rottnest Channel Swim Association and to be the long term host of the Lavan Legal Charity Challenge, a cornerstone event in the annual Karma Resorts Rottnest Channel Swim.

Lavan Legal invites you to 'swim for a cause' by competing as a team of four in the Lavan Legal Charity Challenge and, at the same time, help to raise much needed funds for charities like the Starlight Children's Foundation.

The contest to secure one of the 50 team places in the Lavan Legal Charity Challenge is always competitive. This year, the first 30 places will be available for registration on a first-in first-served basis during solo week, from 8.00am (AWST) Monday, 24 October to 5.30pm (AWST) Sunday, 30 October 2016.  

The remaining 20 places will be auctioned after the close of registrations from 8.00am (AWST) Monday, 7 November to 12.00pm (AWST) Friday, 11 November 2016. Bidding forms will be available on our website and any amount you bid over the registration fee will be donated to charity.

For more information about the Lavan Legal Charity Challenge registration and auction process, visit the Karma Resorts Rottnest Channel Swim website.

2017 Champions of the Channel

Champions of the Channel (COTC) will be back again in 2017 as part of the Karma Resorts Rottnest Channel Swim.

If you are a gun swimmer and think you have what it takes to compete against the best, we want to hear from you. 2017 qualifying times are now available on the COTC website and you can register your Expression of Interest here, or by entering the Karma Resorts Rottnest Channel Swim.

We have listened to your feedback and have increased the categories for COTC this year. Confirmed 2017 categories are:

  • Solo (male and female)
  • Duo (male, female and mixed)
  • Teams of four (male, female and mixed)

If you would like more information, please email the RCSA office at

T-shirt Design Competition Winner!

The RCSA is proud to reveal the 2017 T-shirt Design Competition winner!

This year we added an extra challenge, asking designers to incorporate the new 'RCSA swimmer' into their design in the most creative and exciting way.

Zoe Wolski, a local graphic designer, did just that. She explains her design as, "…inspired by Aboriginal dot paintings, to create a visually stunning image that showed respect to their craft, culture and history.”

Later the design was submitted to Contemporary Aboriginal artist and designer, Jilalga Murray from Jilalga Designs who worked with Zoe to authenticate the artistry and pay respect to Rottnest's history. Jilalga also saw it as, "…a good example of reconciliation. The two designs would meet, for the wider benefit of the community and the event.”

We love Zoe and Jilalga's design and hope you do too!

The 2017 Karma Resorts Rottnest Channel Swim t-shirts will be available via the registration system.

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Karma Club is a members' club with a difference – no strings, no stuffiness, just a superb way to enjoy a little more Karma in your life. Karma Club is your opportunity to immerse yourself in the experiences we offer, while enjoying exclusive, members-only benefits.

Some of the benefits include:

  • 25% off all Karma Resorts around the world
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  • 25% off any treatments in our Spa rooms
  • Upgrade to our best available room or villa
  • Access to VIP Members-Only parties, lifestyle and networking events 

To register go to and use promotional code ROTTOSWIM

Don't forget that we own Karma Rottnest, along with 23 other resorts around the world!

Rottnest Is the simple pleasures in life 

Rottnest Island is just 25 minutes from Fremantle, but feels like a million miles from everything. Rediscover life's simple pleasures as you encounter intriguing wildlife along the Wadjemup Bidi; a series of picturesque walk trails. You may even meet our friendly resident quokka; the cute marsupial the Island is world-famous for. The Island hosts 63 breathtaking beaches and 20 secluded bays, each boasting a unique underwater wonderland just waiting to be explored. Keep an eye out for our latest deals by visiting

How are you planning on training?

Swimming WA are keen to know about how you train for the Karma Resorts Rottnest Channel Swim and what entices you into the ocean. Fill out the Survey to help us better understand what will help your training and you will go in the draw to win a free Open Water Swimming Series 4x4 Pass, the ultimate RCS training tool!

For more information on the 2016/17 Open Water Series, please visit or email

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