COVID 19 FAQs

As the world continues to manage the COVID 19 pandemic, we are fortunate that WA has been able to return to relative normality and the 2022 South32 Rottnest Channel Swim is scheduled to proceed. We have answered some of the most common questions we get below however if you have any others feel free to get in touch.

Under what circumstances will the Event go ahead?

The decision to proceed with the Event will be based on advice from the WA Government. At this stage (March 2021) the Department of Health has advised that the Event should be able to proceed under Phase 3 or lesser restrictions.

Will there be refunds if the Event is cancelled due to Government restrictions?

The number one priority for the Rottnest Channel Swim Association (RCSA) is to run a safe and enjoyable Event for all swimmers. Where advised that it is unsafe to hold the Event due to COVID the RCSA will shift its priority to ensuring the greatest possible refund for swimmers.

The RCSA will, where practical and reasonable to do so, use reasonable endeavours to limit or avoid incurring expenses in relation to the Event in an effort to refund a part of the entry fee to applicants (where possible). If the Event is cancelled during or just prior to the event there will be no refunds.

Should the 2022 Event be cancelled entrants will be offered guaranteed entry into the 2023 Event.

Will international participants be able to swim in 2022?

A decision on international entries into the 2022 Event will be made in October 2021 before registrations open. This decision will be guided by the Australian Governments international border stance at the time. Note that any country with a travel ‘bubble’ will be allowed to enter.

Will participants get a refund they can’t enter WA?

Swimmers are asked to consider current travel advice and border closures at the time of entry.  Participants will not receive a refund or deferral if they are unable to attend the Event due to any government restrictions or border closures.

What if some team members are from WA and others from interstate?

Teams or duos entering during the WA entry period will need to have a full team of WA swimmers. Should the borders reopen you will be able to substitute interstate swimmers as per the Event T&Cs.

How will the RCSA decide to cancel the Event in case of increased COVID restrictions?

The RCSA is committed to staging the 2022 South32 Rottnest Channel Swim. Any decision to modify or cancel the Event will be based on WA Government advice.

Normal participant safety cancellation decisions based on weather, sharks etc. remain in place.

What is the RCSA doing to make the Event COVID safe?

The RCSA continues to work with the Department of Health, Rottnest Island Authority, Island businesses and all our event partners to undertake a COVID safe Event. Due to the changing nature of restrictions, any specific changes or alterations will be communicated as far in advance as possible.  Final Event information will be communicated in early 2022 including COVID safe plans.

Will the RCSA restrict the number of entrants able to participate?

No, the number of total entrants into the 2022 Event will remain the same as previous years.

Does the 2m2 rule apply to boats?

No, under the current WA Government Phase 4 health advice, the 2m2 rule is not applicable to boats.

What is happening at the pub/ferry services?

All island business including the pub and ferries work hard to deliver a safe experience for Island visitors. All these operators will work within the guidelines set by the WA Government to ensure your safety.

If I get COVID or I am unable to attend due to government restrictions can I transfer my entry to another person?

Soloists will be unable to transfer their entries as per the Event Terms and Conditions.  Duos and Teams will be allowed to transfer their entries subject to the Event Terms and Conditions.

What will happen if I can’t qualify or my qualifying event is cancelled?

If you are a soloist unable to qualify because your qualifying Event has been cancelled you will need to enter the next available qualifying event. Should there be no other qualifying event prior to 5 February 2022, you should contact query@rottnestchannelswim.com.au to discuss your options.

Can I get a refund if my training facility is closed?

No, you will not be entitled to a refund or deferral. However, if you have been unable to undertake adequate training due to government restrictions you should email query@rottnestchannelswim.com.au to discuss your options.

Do I get a refund if I test positive and need to self-isolate?

No, you will not be entitled to a refund or deferral. However, if you are part of a team or duo, you may be able to transfer your entry subject to the Event Terms and Conditions.

If I came in contact with a positive COVID case do I get a refund?

No, you will not be entitled to a refund or deferral.  However, if you are part of a team or duo, you may be able to transfer your entry subject to the Event Terms and Conditions.