The 2018 Rottnest Channel Swim is almost here!

Two more sleeps to go
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Two more sleeps!
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.
The 2018 Rottnest Channel Swim


This Saturday morning, over 2,500 swimmers will take part in the world's largest open water swimming event, and will cross 19.7km of the Indian Ocean to make their way to Rottnest Island. Regardless of whether you are an experienced Rottnest Channel skipper or will be skippering for the very first time, it is important you take the time to reflect on the safety information provided to you from the 2018 Rottnest Channel Swim Event Briefing.

Preparation is the key to a successful crossing and, in this edition of e-news, we've included final important event updates and reminders.

IMPORTANT: If a representative from your team has not yet attended a Safety Briefing, they must attend the International, Interstate and Regional Briefing held on Friday, 23 February 2017 at 10am at Cottesloe Surf Life Saving Club


Updating Swimmer and Support Boat details


The online registration system closed last night (Wednesday, 21 February) at 5.00pm. In the Event that a team member is no longer able to participate, the team must submit the forms, linked below, to the Help Desk at the start line. It is extremely important that the details we have on record for you are correct in case of an emergency,

Download the Swimmer and Skipper Details Forms here



Race ready reminders



To help you with your stress levels for Saturday's 2018 Rottnest Channel Swim, we have the following reminders for you:

1. Race Number Tattoos. Please ensure each member of your team has their race number Sportstiks tattoo on their arm prior to arriving at Cottesloe Beach. Please ensure you place the tattoo the correct way around with the logo at the top. If you do misplace your race number tattoos, volunteers at the registration tents will be available on the morning of the swim to write your race number on your arm with a black marker (that might take several weeks to wear off).

2. Swim Caps. Make sure you all wear your official swim cap as provided in your race pack. To help our photographers identify you, it is recommended you write your race number on the front of your swim cap so they can tag you in all your photos post event.

3. Wave Time. Please ensure you arrive at Cottesloe Beach at least one hour prior to your start wave time (if you sleep in and arrive late, that will cause some problems). Confirm this time with your support crew and skipper to ensure no last minute stress. Soloists have been allocated wave times, please check your email for your correct wave. 

4. Parking. It is preferable that swimmers are dropped off to the start line as Marine Parade becomes quickly congested on the morning of the event. Please note that the RCSA receives no commissions from parking fines.

5. Reminder from Police. Remember to "look, lock and leave” when parking your vehicles. Take these simple steps to reduce the chance of becoming a victim of theft. Before you leave your car, look inside and make sure you have not left any valuables behind or on display and check that all doors and windows are locked (also refer to note 4 above).

6. The Skipper is Responsible. Make sure your Support Boat and Skipper are both ready to complete the day and that they have the Support Boat Stickers clearly visible above the water line on both sides of the boat  and that your skipper has their Safety Protocol on hand for the entire day. Skippers need to stay alert and clear headed so remember, no alcohol until you are off the swim course.

7. Public Transport. Please note that the Perth Transport Authority is working on the Fremantle line, which means it will be closed this weekend. Replacement bus services will be operational, however you should allow extra time and note that no kayaks or bikes will be permitted on these services. Plan your journey here

8. Landing Fees. The Rottnest Island Authority has waived all landing fees for support vessels assisting swimmers on event day. Those that have paid will be receiving a refund. Please ensure that you have your race sticker displayed at all times to ensure that the rangers are aware you are part of the 2018 Rottnest Channel Swim. 

The RCSA would like to wish all our swimmers a safe and successful crossing to Rottnest Island and we look forward to seeing you all at the new finish line!





We will be regularly posting weather updates on the event website as soon as they come to hand. Regardless of the weather forecast in the lead up to the event, the decision for the event to proceed is not made until approximately 4.00am on Saturday morning. All solo swimmers, team captains of duos and teams, and all skippers will receive a GO or NO GO confirmation text message between approximately 4.00am and 4.30am. 


Plan your swim with a current forecast


Charitha Pattiaratchi, Professor of Coastal Oceanography at UWA, has kindly created an ocean current forecast for the Rottnest Channel Swim.  The forecast for Saturday is now available and can be found at: - click 'events'.

You can also use a tool to track your predicted finish point based on your start time, approximate swim time and swim direction.  This is also available and can be found here:


Stay updated on event day

Do you have family or friends that want to be part of the event but can't be on the boat? If so, then tell them we have a range of options so they can stay updated on event day!

  1. View all the action live from the start and finish line on our Facebook page
  2. Listen to hit92.9 for the latest news from the finish line
  3. Watch Network TEN for the highlights on Event day
  4. Check out PerthNow for the results and read The Sunday Times for the best parts of your favourite day. 


2018 merchandise



Looking for t-shirts or hats for your support crew? Additional t-shirts can be purchased on the island at the Event Hub right near the sponsors' tents. T-shirts are $40.00 each and we have EFTPOS available on the day.

Our friends at Aussie Gold will be next to us for the Rotto Swim singlets, short sleeved t-shirts and limited edition solo print, so make sure to pop by for a visit. 



2018 MapSwim App


Solo swimmer Andrew Hunt, from app developer MapImagery, has set up the MapSwim real time Swimmer Tracking app again for this year's event. 

The MapSwim app allows your family and friends who don't get a spot on your support boat to keep track of how you are going.  Your support crew can also use MapSwim to see how other swimmers and teams are getting on during the swim.

For more information on MapSwim and detailed setup instructions, go to:

Note: Remember to Test MapSwim with your swimmer details before Event day and organise an external 12V power source on the boat so you have enough charge on your phone when you arrive on the island



Stoke Physio - recovery massage & treatment 

We are excited to have Stoke Physio at the finish line this year providing free massage to all swimmers.

Stoke is a team of happy ocean-loving individuals, who are passionate about helping others reach their full potential and live life pain-free. They are determined to help you understand just how GOOD your body CAN feel.

Make sure you visit them!

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