Swimmers Seminar

2018 Rottnest Channel Swim Swimmers Seminar

The RCSA holds a Swimmers Seminar each year which addresses common questions for first time participants. While the session is aimed at first time soloists, the evening is ideal for everyone who wishes to make 2018 their first Rottnest Channel Crossing (solos, duos, teams and even parents of swimmers wishing to enter). The session usually runs through the following: 

  • What to expect on Event day
  • Training guidelines and taper tips
  • Handy tricks on what to include on the boat
  • How to find your support crew on the water
  • Rotto Swim health and safety – spotting the early signs of hypothermia 
  • That finish line feeling and looking after yourself on dry land

While the date for this year’s Seminar is yet to be confirmed, the 2017 Swimmers Seminar was held on Tuesday, 5 September at 7pm in the Lecture Theatre at HBF Stadium, Mount Claremont. Below we have some of the information from this year’s session. For more information on the 2018 Rottnest Channel Swim Swimmers Seminar, please subscribe to our newsletters here to stay in the loop. 

Natalie Beevis is the Executive Officer at the Rottnest Channel Swim Association (RCSA) and has been a part of the RCSA family since 2014. The presentation outlined the new registration dates for  process, solo qualifications, finding a paddler and the event briefing.
Natalie Beevis Presentation 2017

Professor Ian Rogers is an expert in Hypothermia and Pulmonary Edema. His video outlines the signs and stages of managing Hypothermia as well as the dangers of developing Pulmonary Edema. Professor Ian Rogers also has provided a document outlining the medical risks of the swim to Rottnest which can be found here.

Julian Mills has been crossing the Rottnest Channel since 2002 and has completed four solos, swum as a duo and has also been a skipper. Julian and his son Oliver outlined their experiences in the areas of training and mind set, how to prepare and what to expect on race day. Julian Mills Presentation 2017

If you would like to contact Julian for more event day advice please email jmills@gresham.com.au.

Ian Wee from Perth Integrated Health and Sports Medicine Australia covered the importance of training with your Heart Rate Zone, the proper mobilisation of joints and upper limb strengthening. Ian Wee Presentation 2017

If you would like to get in touch with Ian for more information you can contact Ian at ianwee@pihc.com.au or call the PIH clinic on (08) 9240 5266.

John Muir is a successful soloist who experienced both Hypothermia and a Heart Attack which also resulted in developing Pulmonary Edema during a channel crossing.

At the 2016 Swimmers’ Seminar we had a presentation from the lovely Erin Shaw. Not only is Erin an experienced Rottnest Channel swimmer but she is also a swim coach. Erin has included her recommendations for nutrition, carbo-loading and training tips. Erin Shaw Presentation 2016