Boat start and finish procedures

2021 Event update:

From 2021 Channel Swim Base radio communications will be changing to  VHF 74

Starting procedure

As soon as your boat hits the water, make sure you turn on your marine radio and listen for announcements from the Boat Coordinator on marine radio VHF Channel 74.

45 minutes before your swimmer’s allocated wave start, you should be waiting outside of the Start Channel (north of the northern boundary or south of the southern boundary). Please refer to the Start Channel Map. The Boat Coordinator will let you know (via VHF Channel 77) when you can move towards the Start Channel. You must remain at least 1000m from the shore.

Please note

You aren’t allowed to anchor while waiting to be called into the Start Channel.

At the finish line

Rottnest Channel Swim day is one of the busiest and most demanding days of the boating year. To manage this event safely and effectively, a number of restrictions apply. These include beach and mooring closures, together with speed restrictions.

The main restrictions are:

  • boating exclusion channel leading swimmers from Phillip Rock to the finish line next to the Hotel Jetty, and
  • beach closures between the Hotel and Fuel jetties.

Nearly all restrictions and closures are lifted at 6.00pm on the day. For more information, please contact the Rottnest Island Authority (RIA).

The RIA has waived admission fees for Channel Swim competitors and support vessel crew displaying an authorised 2021 South32 Rottnest Channel Swim sticker, including the accompanying paddle craft. All other vessels entering the reserve need to pay admission fees – this can be done online. When you book, make sure you have your vessel registration and credit card handy.

Paying online allows our rangers to confirm your admission fees have been paid and will avoid any follow-up action. See more information on admission fees.

Rottnest Island Authority Marine Hire facilities are available to book three calendar months in advance. Information governing the restrictions is published by the Rottnest Island Authority here.

 It might also be useful to check out if there are any water closures.