Rottnest Channel Swim

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Rottnest Channel Swim is a nominee for the 2021 WOWSA Awards in the World Open Water Swimming Event of the Year category
Swimmers in the 2018 Rottnest Channel Swim in Western Australia
Swimmers in the 2018 Rottnest Channel Swim in Western Australia
Swimmers in the 2018 Rottnest Channel Swim in Western Australia
Solomon Wright at the 2018 Rottnest Channel Swim where he set a course record of 3 hours 59 minutes 28 seconds
Eli Ball completing a butterfly crossing in the 2018 Rottnest Channel Swim in Western Australia
Dieter Loeliger, preparing for the Rottnest Channel Swim

The Rottnest Channel Swim is one of the world's iconic ocean swims. The 19.7 km solo and relay marathon swim is held in Western Australia every February, starting at Cottesloe Beach on the Australian mainland and finishing at Thomson Bay on Rottnest Island. It is organized by the Rottnest Channel Swimming Association, the first organization honored by the Australian Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame.


The event categories for competitors are include (1) Solo, (2) Duo or teams of 2, (3) Team of 4, and (4) Lavan Legal Charity Challenge - teams of 4.


Ballot System - First-in first-served Registration

  • Solo swimmers will register within the first registration period which will run for one week only. Solo swimmers who successfully register within this period are guaranteed entry into the event. Solo swimmers will secure their spot during the registration by paying the registration fee as well as updating their qualifying swim information.
  • Teams and duos will register in the second registration window. Teams and duos are recommended to nominate a team captain so they can create a team or duo registration by making a full registration payment during the registration window in order for the team to be accepted. Once the duo or team has been created, swimmers from the team will be able to register themselves and join the team after all duo and team spots are sold out. This announcement is made on Facebook, Twitter and on the Rottnest Channel Swim website .
  • The Rottnest Channel Swim website has information on how to qualify to swim and when to register.

Minimum Age

The age requirement is a minimum of 14 years of age on the day of the swim in accordance with the FINA rules for open water swimming (OWS 1.2).

Duos and Teams

The entry fee for the 2019 Rottnest Channel Swim are Duo fee: $620.00 + booking fee for duos and 1,125.00 + booking fee for teams. These categories include Duo (28+, 50+, 75+, 100+) and Team (56+, 100+, 150+, 200+).


An intending solo swimmer must have either completed a Rottnest Channel Swim solo crossing with the previous two years (2017/2018) or completed a 10 km qualifying swim between 1 November 2018 and 1 February 2019. Swimmers must be mindful when selecting qualifying swims different rules may apply. Solo entry fee for the 2019 Rottnest Channel Swim is $375.00 + booking fee

Swimsuit Regulations

No swimmer shall use or be assisted by artificial aids of any manner. Swimmers are permitted to grease the body before a swim, use goggles, wear a maximum of two swim caps with the official cap on the outer that must be worn at all times while in the water, nose clip and earplugs. Swimmers must wear one bathing suit (for modesty) and wear two suits so long as one suit comprises only briefs (men and women) or a bikini (women) that does not contain neoprene, rubber or any other material that aids buoyancy and complies with FINA’s Rules for Open Water Swimming. In addition to one bathing suit that complies with this rule, swimmers may wear one rash vest or stinger suit made of porous textile material (such as nylon or lycra), which does not extend beyond the ankles, the neck or the wrist.

Escort Boats

Solo swimmers require a support boat that is a minimum of 5 meters in length. Duo and team swimmers require a support boat that is a minimum of 6 meters in length. It is highly recommended but not compulsory, that paddle craft be used to assist the swimmer/s and skipper on the day. Boats must be equipped with all the mandatory emergency marine equipment.

Lavan Legal Charity Challenge

The Lavan Legal Charity Challenge is an exclusive category for 30 teams of four who wish to fundraise for the charity of their choice by competing for the Lavan legal Charity Challenge Cup.

Champions of the Channel

Champions of the Channel is an elite wave of invited soloist that was started in 2016. All swimmers looking to enter should express their interest by emailing the Rottnest Channel Swim. Swimmers are expected to qualify for a 10 km qualifying time of 1 hour 58 minutes for males and 2 hours and 8 minutes for females. The Champions of the Channel is designed for elite swimmers including professionals and amateurs, age-group and masters swimmers.

Life Members of the Rottnest Channel Swim Association

Life membership is a special membership, confirmed at an annual general meeting of the Rottnest Channel Swim, for meritorious service made by members or committee members, that has been awarded to the following individuals:

John Whitehead
Peter Tanham
Kevin Holtom
Lesley Meaney
John Guilfoyle
David Craig
Richard Verboon
Shelley Hatton
Les Stewart
Barbara Pellick
David Corney

5+ Honour Board

Several swimmers have swum more than 5 solo Rottnest Channel swims including the following individuals are on the Rottnest Channel Swim Honour Board:

Solo Records

2021 World Open Water Swimming Event of the Year Nomination

The swim was nominated for the 2021 World Open Water Swimming Event of the Year Award. The winners and nominees included:

Winner: Maratona del Golfo Capri-Napoli (Italy)
First Runner-up: Irish Triple Crown of Open Water Swimming (Ireland)
Second Runner-up: Mediterranean Peace Route (Cyprus-Turkey)
4. Authentic Marathon Swim (Greece)
5. Asociación Mexicana de Aguas Abiertas (Mexico)
6. Tampa Bay Frogman Swim (USA)
7. Strait of Bonifacio (Italy-France)
8. Around-Coronado Swim (USA) tie
8. DC Marathon Swim (USA) tie
10. Olympic 10K Marathon Swim (Japan)
11. Rottnest Channel Swim (Australia)
12. Wörthersee Swim Austria (Austria)
13. Race For The Conch Eco-SeaSwim (Turks & Caicos)
14. Trans Tahoe Relay (USA)
15. Perhentian Island Marathon Swim (Malaysia)

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