An update on all things Rotto Swim 2018

Everything you need to know and more
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Everything you need to know and more
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.

Update on review of the 2018 Event


The Rottnest Channel Swim Association would again like to congratulate all those who took part in the 2018 Rottnest Channel Swim. Regardless of if you completed the swim, were medically withdrawn or were withdrawn due to the shark sighting, the training and dedication of those who took part in the event is incredible.

Every year the Association conducts a review of the Event. That review, and feedback from swimmers and other stakeholders, results in changes being implemented for subsequent swims.  These changes range from rule changes to start and finish line setups. The Association is currently having debriefs with all stakeholders involved in the 2018 Rottnest Channel Swim and is collating feedback from the swimmers' survey. 

All suggestions and feedback is considered and, where able, changes will be implemented for the 2019 swim. Generally this process takes two months however we understand that there is a lot of interest this year and with this in mind the President of the Association, Chris Turner has provided an update on the shark sighting available here.



Post Event survey



There is one week left to provide your feedback and shape the 2019 Rottnest Channel Swim, click here if you are yet to complete it! The survey is also the only way to let us know if you were withdrawn due to the shark sighting and would like to claim the guaranteed entry next year. The 2018 feedback survey will close at 11.59pm on Wednesday, 14 March.


Guaranteed entry



Those affected by the shark sighting will be able to claim their guaranteed entry by completing the post event survey. These swimmers' responses will be reconciled after the survey closes on Wednesday, 14 March 2018. Confirmation of those receiving guaranteed entry and instructions on how to enter will be sent to the team or duo captain of affected teams, only, in April 2018. For clarification those wishing to claim their spot in the 2019 Rottnest Channel Swim will still be required to pay the entry fee.


Solo number allocation


The allocation of solo numbers and subsequent numberplates will experience a slight delay as we look to ensure the accuracy of this list. We are seeking solo swimmers who were pulled from the water but later re-entered the water to get in contact with us. Times were recorded for all swimmers crossing the timing mat with their ankle band.  Many swimmers let us know at the time they were a DNF.  If you are a DNF but haven't let us know, now is a good time to do so. The Rottnest Channel Swim Association is an association of solo swimmers and we need your assistance in maintaining the accuracy of the solo crossing list. Solo number allocation and subsequent licence plate application forms will be available for swimmers on Tuesday, 20 March. 


Update on prizes


Due to the large number of teams affected by the shark sighting we will be recalculating the prizes allocations for Teams and Duos. This will not affect those who picked up their prizes at Rottnest on race day however it may raise your position meaning you will be entitled to further prizes. This process is running in conjunction with the feedback survey and we expect to communicate directly to swimmers during the week commencing Monday, 19 March with a view to have a pack collection period later that week.

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