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 (2017/2018) or completed a 10km qualifying swim between 1 November 2018 and 1 February 2019.

PERTH SOLO SWIMMERS

Local swimmers can choose to qualify by partaking in any 10km open water swim between 1 November 2018 and 1 February 2019.

Swimmers must be mindful when selecting 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 a 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 2019.

Qualifying swims available in Western Australia include the Open Water Swim Series which can be found here and the new Christmas 10k swim, details here.  In 2018/19 the following events are being hosted in WA:

• Swimming WA – Open Water Series – Saturday, 24 November 2018 – Coogee, Western Australia. This qualifying swim will allow all swimmers the full 4 hours and 15 minutes to qualify.

• Christmas 10k swim –  Saturday, 15 December 2018 – Coogee Beach, Western Australia. This qualifying swim will allow all swimmers the full 4 hours and 15 minutes to qualify. This swim is a fully paddler accompanied swim.

• Swimming WA – Open Water Series – State Championships – Saturday, 22 December 2018 – 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 – Saturday, 29 December 2018 – Mullaloo, Western Australia. This qualifying swim will allow all swimmers the full 4 hours and 15 minutes to qualify.

• Swimming WA – Open Water Series – Saturday, 26 January 2019 – 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 or the Christmas 10k 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 query@rottnestchannelswim.com.au with relevant details of the swim you believe should qualify.

INTERSTATE AND INTERNATIONAL SOLO SWIMMERS

Interstate and International swimmers can qualify by successfully completing any 10km open water swim between 1 November 2018 and 1 February 2019.

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 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 a 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 2019.

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):

Masters Swimming Queensland – Big Barrine Bash (10km option) –  Sunday, 2 December 2018 – Lake Barrine, Atherton Tablelands, North Queensland(Please note that swimmers have the full 4 hours and 15 mins to complete the swim – min 14yrs)

Sri Chinmoy National Capital Swim for Solo Swimmers (9kms) – Sunday, 2 December 2018 – Lake Burley Griffin, Canberra (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 2018 and 1 February 2019

State Open Water Champs (10km) – Sunday, 16 December 2018 – Williamstown Beach, Melbourne, Victoria

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 query@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 query@rottnestchannelswim.com.au prior to 1 February 2019.

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)

20 Bridges Swim – Manhattan Island, New York (46km)

8 Bridges – Hudson River, New York (21km – 32km)

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 query@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 (not in a pool);

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 2019 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.