Solo Qualifying Swim

Intending Solo Swimmers

Under the Event Rules, an intending solo swimmer must have either completed a Rottnest Channel Swim solo crossing within the previous two years (2016/2017) or completed a 10km qualifying swim between 1 November 2017 and 1 February 2018.

PERTH SOLO SWIMMERS

Rotto Rehearsal Qualifying Swim

Local swimmers are encouraged to qualify by partaking in the official Rotto Rehearsal 10km ocean swim from Sorrento Beach (WA) on Friday, 26 January 2018.

Swimmers must complete the Rotto Rehearsal in under 4 hours and 15 minutes to qualify for the 2018 Rottnest Channel Swim.

This Rotto Rehearsal will allow all swimmers the full 4 hours and 15 minutes to qualify.

The results of all solo swimmers who partake in the Rotto Rehearsal to qualify will be automatically forwarded to the Rottnest Channel Swim Association.

Alternative Qualifying Swims

Local swimmers can alternatively choose to qualify by partaking in any other 10km open water swim between 1 November 2016 and 1 February 2017.

Swimmers must be mindful when selecting alternative qualifying swims as different rules may apply. For example, some swims allocate different cut-off times which may not allow swimmers the full 4 hours and 15 minutes to qualify.

On completion of an alternative qualifying swim, swimmers must log into their registration and fill in their results on the swimmer details page. You will be asked to provide a web link to the website that contains your qualifying swim results, as well as a screen shot of your results that will need to be uploaded.  These details must be updated no later than 1 February 2017.

Alternative qualifying swims available in Western Australia include the Open Water Swim Series which can be found here. For the 2017 Karma Resorts Rottnest Channel Swim, Swimming WA are hosting the following events:

• Swimming WA – Open Water Series – State Championships – Sunday, 20 November 2016 – Champion Lakes, Western Australia. This qualifying swim will not allow the full 4 hours and 15 minutes to qualify. This swim will only allow 4 hours.

• Swimming WA – Open Water Series – Tuesday, 27 December 2016 – Mullaloo, Western Australia. This qualifying swim will allow all swimmers the full 4 hours and 15 minutes to qualify.

• Swimming WA – Open Water Series – Friday, 26 January 2018 – Sorrento, Western Australia. This qualifying swim will allow all swimmers the full 4 hours and 15 minutes to qualify.

For more information on the full terms and conditions of each of these alternative qualifying swims and details on how to register, please visit the:
Swimming WA – Open Water Series website.

If you have found another suitable qualifying swim and would like clarification on your chosen alternative qualifying swim, please don’t hesitate to contact us by emailing admin@rottnestchannelswim.com.au with relevant details of the swim you believe should qualify.

INTERSTATE AND INTERNATIONAL SOLO SWIMMERS

Alternative Qualifying Swims

Interstate and International swimmers can qualify by successfully completing any 10km open water swim between 1 November 2017 and 1 February 2018.

In exceptional circumstances, International and Interstate swims outside these dates may be considered on a case-by-case basis. Swims outside these dates that have been confirmed as qualification swims are provided in the list below.

Swimmers must be mindful when selecting alternative qualifying swims as different rules may apply. For example, some swims allocate different cut-off times which may not allow swimmers the full 4 hours and 15 minutes to qualify.

On completion of an alternative qualifying swim,  swimmers must log into their registration and fill in their results on the swimmer details page. You will be asked to provide a web link to the website that contains your qualifying swim results, as well as a screen shot of your results that will need to be uploaded.  These details must be updated no later than 1 February 2017.

Alternative Interstate and International qualifying swims available are as follows (all swims must be completed with FINA complying swimsuits (no wetsuits), refer to RCSA By-law 1):

Little Red Lighthouse Swim (16km) – Hudson River, New York

Penrith Swimming Club’s Open Water Events (10km option) – Penrith, Sydney – Sunday, 1 November 2015 (Please note that swimmers – min 14yrs – who wish can do a 10km swim-thru after they have completed the 5km event)

Sri Chinmoy National Capital Swim for Solo Swimmers (9kms) – Canberra – Tuesday, 4 December 2016 (Please note that the adjusted qualifying time for this swim is 4:00 hours)

Robben Island to Three Anchor Bay Swim (10.2km) – Cape Town, South Africa – If completed between 1 November 2016 and 1 February 2017

State Open Water Champs (10km) – Victoria – Friday, 16 December 2016.

If you have found another suitable qualifying swim and would like clarification on your chosen alternative qualifying swim, please don’t hesitate to contact us by emailing admin@rottnestchannelswim.com.au with relevant details of the swim you believe should qualify.

Previous Qualifying Swims

Interstate and International swimmers may request the RCSA to allow a previous long distance solo swim to be used in lieu of a Rottnest Channel Swim solo crossing. The RCSA Committee through the Race Director has generally considered and allowed an alternative swim if appropriate.

If you believe you have completed a solo non-wetsuit swim of similar or greater difficulty and distance as the Rottnest Channel Swim, and it was within the previous two (2) years, then please provide details and evidence of that swim by emailing admin@rottnestchannelswim.com.au prior to 1 February 2018.

There are many distance swims around the world.  The following list contains examples of swims, the solo completion of which will be regarded as qualifying swims:

The English Channel (34km)

Catalina Channel (32km)

The Manhattan Island Marathon (46km)

Traversee Internationale du lac St-Jean (32 km)

• Ederle Swim (28km)

Around Jersey Swim (65km)

If you have found another suitable qualifying swim and would like clarification on your chosen alternative qualifying swim, please don’t hesitate to contact us by emailing  admin@rottnestchannelswim.com.au with relevant details of the swim you believe should qualify.

Qualifying Swim Rules

At all times, intending solo swimmers must comply or have complied with the following Qualifying Swim Rules and By-laws of the Rottnest Channel Swim Association for their qualifying swim to be valid:

1. The swimmer must swim 10km in 4 hours 15 minutes or less;

2. The swim must be in open water;

3. The swim must be officially recorded by a timekeeper/organisation;

4. The swimmer must comply with By-law 1 (see further below).  This means that the swimmer must wear equipment that meets the Event’s requirements and, in particular, swimmers cannot wear wetsuits;

5. The swimmer must comply with By-law 2 (see further below).  This means that the swimmer must not receive support from any person or thing, such as by standing on the bottom, or holding onto paddle craft, lane ropes or anything else;

6. The swimmer may take nutrition and water however they wish, but in doing so cannot be supported by any person or thing.  Time taken for nutrition and water is included in the time limit of 4 hours 15 minutes.

By-law 1

1.        In any Rottnest Channel swim attempts, 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 caps, a nose clip, and earplugs. Swimmers must wear one swim suit that does not contain neoprene, rubber or any other material that aids buoyancy and complies with FINA’s Open Water Swimming Rules in that the swim suit shall be of a woven textile material, shall not contain a zipper, nor cover the neck, nor extend past the shoulder, nor shall extend below the ankle.  In addition to one swim suit that complies with this rule, for modesty purposes, swimmers may wear bathers under their outer swim suit. These bathers must be two piece (women) or briefs (men or women).  Swimmers may also wear one rash vest or stinger suit made of porous textile material (such as nylon or lycra), which does not cover the neck, nor extend past the wrist, nor extend below the ankle, but may contain a zipper.

*Therefore, for the 2018 Rottnest Channel Swim, the pointzero3 and nero swimsuits made by Blueseventy do not comply.

** The list of approved FINA swim suits can be viewed at FINA APPROVED SWIMWEAR

By-law 2

2.         During an attempt, no supporting contact whatsoever shall be permitted by any person or object with the swimmer.

It is essential that the swimmer complies with these Qualifying Swim Rules and By-laws when completing the alternative swim, otherwise the swimmer may falsely believe that they are adequately prepared for the Event.