Congratulations to our 2018 Rottnest Channel Swimmers!

'Tis the sea-son to get your entry in order                                                                                                      
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'Tis the sea-son to get your entry in order

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.
Key dates

Now that you're entered in the 2018 Rottnest Channel Swim, make sure you and your team mates take note of all the upcoming key dates including the Metro Safety Briefing, Support Crew Info Night and the Solo qualifying swim period!

Make special note that all boat and skipper details must be entered before Thursday, 1 February 2018 otherwise you risk losing your entry.

Did you hear about the Cotto Swim?

The Rottnest Channel Swim Association is excited to introduce the inaugural Cotto Swim. This new event will see swimmers take off from the Cottesloe Beach start enclosure, swim 1.5km around the iconic STS Leeuwin II then returning to Cottesloe Beach, completing a 3km round trip!

For those just starting out, or returning to open water swimming, a 1km enticer is also available.

The Cotto Swim provides everyone with the opportunity to get involved in the excitement and challenge of race morning. Starting directly after the last wave of the main event, Cotto is ideal for family or friends to get amongst the action before heading over to Rottnest to cheer on their swimmers. Whether you're working your way up to the main event, missed out on an entry or just fancy a swim at the iconic Cottesloe Beach – Cotto is a swim for everyone.

Head to our website to sign up today.

Support crew info night

The Support Crew Info Night has proven to be a hugely successful event and we are excited to announce we will be holding another free session directly after the Metro Safety Briefing on Saturday, 3 February 2018 in the main arena at HBF Stadium from 4.45pm.

The Support Crew Info Night is designed for first time skippers and support crew who are looking for some insight into what to expect on swim day, as well as tips and tricks to ensure a safe and successful crossing. Of course, if you're a swimmer you are also welcome to attend!

For more information, visit our website or email query@rottnestchannelswim.com.au

Qualifying swims for Soloists

All Solo swimmers must provide evidence they are fit and able to undertake the 19.7km crossing to Rottnest. There are two ways swimmers are able to qualify:

By having completed a successful Solo crossing of the Rottnest Channel in the past two years.

Completing a formal 10km open water swim in under 4 hours and 15 minutes between 1 November 2017 and 1 February 2018.

In WA there are three remaining 10km qualifying events

There are a number of alternative interstate qualifying opportunities which can be found at rottnestchannelswim.com.au.

After you have successfully completed your swim you will need to go back into the registration system and update your qualification details. This needs to be done before 1 February 2018 or you may lose your spot in the 2018 Rotto Swim.

A message from the Department of Transport

Please be aware that the Department of Transport (Marine) defines a domestic commercial vessel (DCV) as one that is for use in connection with a commercial, governmental or research activity.

Recreational vessels that are hired or hired out (then defined as a DCV) are in direct violation of the Marine Safety (Domestic Commercial Vessel) National Law Act 2012 and there are significant financial penalties, with a minimum fine in excess of $2,000 for any contravention of the Act.

If you are looking to hire a vessel, please make sure it complies with the DoT's definition of a Domestic Commercial Vessel otherwise it may result in the vessel being prohibited from operation immediately (withdrawn from the swim), along with a breach report forwarded to the Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA).

If you would like more information on the definition of a recreational vessel or tips on finding a support boat, please visit our Support Crew page on our website.

Additional merchandise

T-shirts are still available for purchase through the online registration system. These are an awesome memento for the 2018 Rottnest Channel Swim and are ideal for support crew 'thank you' presents. 

T-shirts are $40.00 each and, if purchased online before Tuesday, 2 January 2018, they will be included in your registration packs for pick up at the Event Briefing.

To purchase additional t-shirts simply sign in to your ACTIVE.com account and 'Edit' your registration to update the number of t-shirts you would like.

Interested in supporting an international or interstate team?

As the  Rottnest Channel Swim event grows every year, we are lucky to attract a number of international and interstate swimmers who wish to join you as you make the annual crossing to Rottnest. All entrants are required to have a support boat for the swim and solos who have registered to share a boat must have a paddler each for swimmer safety.

The RCSA is seeking expressions of interest for skippers and support crew who would like to assist with an international or interstate solo, duo or team.

 We understand how difficult it can be to find a support crew and even more so for our distant swimming community. If you are interested in helping an international or interstate swimmer, please contact query@rottnestchannelswim.com.au and we will connect you with those looking for a support boat and crew.

 If you are still looking for a skipper and support crew yourself, we encourage you to post on our RCSA forum or Facebook page

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Register now for the Open Water Swimming Series

There are still 9 Rounds to go in the Swimming WA Open Water Swimming Series. With regional swims in Harvey and Mandurah remaining and six metro swims, plus the brand new relay round at Scarborough, this is the perfect opportunity to get in some practice for your Rottnest crossing or complete your solo qualifier.

Go to openwaterswimming.com.au to register now.

      

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