Qualifying swims for solo swimmers

Under the Event Rules, an intending solo swimmer must have either completed either:

  • A Rottnest Channel Swim solo crossing within the previous two years (2018/2019), or
  • A 10km qualifying swim between 1 November 2019 and 1 February 2020.

If you’re a local swimmer or from interstate or overseas, you can choose to qualify by participating in any 10km open water swim between 1 November 2019 and 1 February 2020.

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 can be found below.

You should keep in mind when selecting qualifying swims that different rules may apply. For example, some swims allocate different cut-off times which may not allow you the full 4 hours and 15 minutes to qualify.

On completion of a qualifying swim, you need to log into your registration and fill in your results on the swimmer details page. You’ll be asked to provide a web link to the website that contains your qualifying swim results, as well as a screenshot of your results. You need to update these details by 1 February 2020.

WA qualifying swims

Qualifying swims available in Western Australia include the Open Water Swim Series and the new Christmas 10k swim (make sure you check out these websites for more information and full terms and conditions). You might also be interested in the following events in WA:

Location
Date
Distance
Rockingham OWS Series
24 November 2019
10kms
Coogee
21 December 2019
10kms
Mullaloo OWS Series
28 December 2019
10kms
Sorrento OWS Series
26 January 2020
10kms

Interstate and international qualifying swims

Please note: all swims must be completed with FINA complying swimsuits (refer to RCSA By-law-1 which can be found below).

Event
Location
Date
Distance
Masters Swimming Queensland – Big Barrine Bash
Lake Barrine, Atherton Tablelands, North Queensland
1 December 2019
10kms
Sri Chinmoy National Capital Swim
Lake Burley Griffin, Canberra
1 December 2019
9kms
Vladswim 10km
Chinamans Beach, Balmoral
14 December 2019
10kms
Robben Island to Three Anchor Bay Swim
Cape Town, South Africa
Must be completed between 1 November 2019 and 1 February 2020
10.2km
State Open Water Champs
Williamstown Beach, Melbourne, Victoria
15 December 2019
10kms
Epic Swim
Lake Taupo, New Zealand
11/12 January 2020
10kms

If you’ve found another swim that you think would be a suitable qualifying swim, please don’t hesitate to contact us by emailing query@rottnestchannelswim.com.au with relevant details.

Previous qualifying swims

If you’re an interstate or international swimmer, you can request the RCSA to allow a previous long-distance solo swim to be used instead of a Rottnest Channel Swim solo crossing. The RCSA Committee (through the Race Director) usually considers and allows an alternative swim if appropriate.

If you believe you’ve 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 years, please provide details and evidence of that swim by emailing query@rottnestchannelswim.com.au before 1 February 2020.

There are many long distance swims around the world – the solo completion of these swims will be regarded as qualifying swims:

If you’ve found another swim that you think would be a suitable qualifying swim, please don’t hesitate to contact us by emailing query@rottnestchannelswim.com.au with relevant details.

Qualifying swim rules

If you’re an intending solo swimmer, you must comply with the following Qualifying Swim Rules and By-laws of the Rottnest Channel Swim Association for your 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 2020 South32 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

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

It’s essential that you comply with these qualifying swim rules and by-laws when doing an alternative swim, otherwise you won’t be adequately prepared for the event.