Event Categories


The event categories for competitors in the 2018 Rottnest Channel Swim are:

Solo – 1 x swimmer, 1 x boat
Tandem Solo – 2 x solo swimmers share 1 x boat
Duo – teams of 2
Team – teams of 4
Lavan Charity Challenge – teams of 4
Champions of the Channel – elite solo, duo or team

Duos and Teams

Duos and teams are automatically categorised by adding together the ages of the participants in each duo/team. The categories are as follows for male, female and mixed (Please note: mixed teams must have a minimum of two x female members):

Duo Team
28+ 56+
50+ 100+
75+ 150+
100+ 200+


Lavan Charity Challenge

The 2018  Rottnest Channel Swim includes 50 places for the exclusive category – the Lavan Charity Challenge. This category not only gives you the best opportunity for your corporate group or team of passionate swimmers to fundraise for charity, but also provides the ultimate benefit – guaranteed entry into the Rottnest Channel Swim!

Teams who enter the Lavan Charity Challenge receive the following benefits:
• A separate morning briefing (for two team representatives) including complimentary light breakfast at Lavan;
• An official Rottnest Channel Swim Merchandise Pack for each swimmer;
• A donation made on your behalf to the charity of your choice;
• Compete for the Lavan Charity Challenge Cup.

Please note that the 2018 Rottnest Channel Swim Lavan Charity Challenge dates and number of places are yet to be confirmed.

For the 2017 Event, we had two registration dates for the Lavan Charity Challenge. Please see the 2017 dates below as a guide for how the registration and auction worked.  

30 places will be available during solo week, which is open from 8.00am (AWST) Monday, 24 October – 5.30pm (AWST) Sunday, 30 October 2016.

The remaining 20 Lavan Charity Challenge places will then be auctioned off after the registration period for duos and teams have closed (or all categories are sold out). The date for duo and team registrations will be from  8.00am (AWST) Wednesday, 2 November – 5.30pm (AWST) Sunday, 6 November 2016 or until sold out. Please visit here for more information on the announcement of the registration dates for the Lavan Charity Challenge or click here to subscribe to our Swimmers’ E-newsletter for the latest news on everything Rotto Swim.

Please note: teams in this category are exclusively competing for the Lavan Charity Challenge Cup only and teams in this category are not eligible for prizes allocated to the regular team category, including overall cash prizes and age group category merchandise prizes, regardless of the overall finishing position or age group finishing position.

Champions of the Channel

Champions of the Channel is an elite event for solos, duos and teams. Key information:

• Significant prize money
• Limited numbers
• Leave in the first wave at 5.45am
• Strict qualification times apply

Visit the Champions of the Channel website for more information.