Registration FAQs

Frequently asked questions about registration

Why was the ballot system removed?

When the annual Rottnest Channel Swim first started, we had a first-in first-served approach where participants would fill in a form and deliver it to the RCSA office. This created an unfair advantage for those that lived close by and thus a ballot system was introduced in 2006 – at the same time we moved to an online registration.

We recognised that unsuccessful applicants in the ballot wasted their time filling in an online application and depositing fees that had to be returned. Therefore, we decided to follow the widely accepted practice of accepting the first applicants that complete their race entry form, up to our race limit.

How does first-in first-served work?

Firstly, solos will register within the first registration period which will run for one week only (as per previous years). Solos who successfully register within this period are guaranteed entry into the event. Solos will secure their spot during registration by paying the fee as well as updating their qualifying swim information.

Teams and duos will then register in the second registration window. We’ve listened to your feedback and this year we are changing the duo and teams registration process to make it easier for everyone. We encourage all duos and teams to nominate a team captain for your crew. They will be able to create a duo or create a team during the registration window and the team captain must make the full registration payment for the duo or team’s registration to be successful. Once the duo or team has been created, swimmers from your crew will be able to register themselves and join your team after all duo and team spots are sold out (we will announce this on Facebook, Twitter and on our website).

All swimmers (solos, duos and teams) are responsible for registering themselves and agreeing to the waivers.

What times will the registration system open?

Registrations for Solos and Lavan Charity Challenge teams will open 8:30am, Monday 25 October 2021 and close 5:00pm, Sunday, 31 October 2021 (AWST). This includes tandem solos.

Registrations for duo and team captains will follow at 8:30am, Wednesday, 3 November 2021 (AWST) and will remain open until sold-out.

We have allowed for a gap between the two categories so that we can calculate how many spots are available for duos and teams based on the number of solo registrations we receive. To make the registration process faster, participants can set up their account prior to registrations opening.

I have locked in the dates but how can I register?

Registrations for the Rottnest Channel Swim must be completed online and within the allocated category registration times. When registrations open, please visit our website and click the big, yellow button on the Home page that says ‘Registrations’.

There’s also a step by step guide to registering.

*Please note that the RCSA does not accept any late applications once the registration period for your category has closed or is sold out. We wish you all the best with your registration.

What info will be required to register?

Captains and soloists will need to provide the following information as part of their initial registration:

  • Full name
  • Gender
  • Date of birth
  • Email address
  • Contact number
  • Address
  • Team name and password (duo and team only)
  • Participant complimentary t-shirt size
  • The person you will be sharing a boat with (tandem solos only)
  • If you are a completing a solo, you will also need to select your solo jacket size.

Once your captain has secured your duo or team spot, we’ll need following information for each participant:

  • Full name
  • Gender
  • Date of birth
  • Email address
  • Contact number
  • Address
  • Team name and password (duo and team only)
  • Participant complimentary t-shirt size
  • Emergency contact details
  • Medical history
  • Swim history and/or qualifying swim details
  • Additional merchandise.

All swimmers (solos, duos and teams) must manage their own registration details by logging into their account. They’ll then be able to see and update their swim history, qualifying swim details, purchase additional merchandise and change t-shirt sizes. Solos and team captains will also be required to update support crew details (boat and skipper information) for the team.

This year all skippers will be required to register themselves and their boat. It is the responsibility of the soloist or team captain to ensure the skipper has registered. All  skipper and support boat information must be entered prior to 8.30am (AWST) Saturday, 5 February 2022. Skippers can be changed up until 5.00pm (AWST) Wednesday, 23 February 2022. Please note that the RCSA will not record any changes after 5.00pm (AWST) Wednesday, 23 February 2022. If this information is not entered, your entry will be removed. For more support crew information on event day, please check out our support crew sections on the website.

I’m under 18 years old, how can I register?

Participants must be a minimum age of 14 years old on the day of the swim (Saturday, 26 February 2022). See the Event Rules.

All swimmers under the age of 18 can register for the 2022 South32 Rottnest Channel Swim but must be registered by a parent or legal guardian. If a duo or team is made up entirely of under 18 swimmers, you must get a parent or legal guardian to create a duo or team (this includes payment). If all participants are under the age of 18, a parent or legal guardian can select from the following categories:

  • Junior duo team (non-participating adult) to create an underage duo
  • Junior team captain (non-participating adult) to create an underage team of four.

We also have a step by step guide for underage entries.

Non-participating adults are also able to create an account prior to registration, to make the registration process faster.

Tandem solos

The option of tandem solos was introduced in the 2016 Rottnest Channel Swim. Tandem solos are a great way to complete a solo if it will be your first crossing (two swimmers and one boat), and it’s designed for soloists who regularly train together. When you register, you must register under the category of ‘tandem solo’ and include the full name of the person you will be sharing a boat and swimming with. Please see “What info will be required to register?” for the information needed for registration. To ensure that both swimmers have a successful solo crossing, we have strict procedures in place. See the Event Rules on completing a tandem solo (rule 8).

When do we know if our team registration is successful?

The best part about moving to a first-in first-served system is that you will know straight away whether your team is successful – no more waiting for the results from the ballot. Solos will receive a confirmation email once they have completed their registration (this includes payment) within the first registration period.

For duos and teams, once a captain has registered and made payment on behalf of the team, the captain will receive a confirmation email. They’ll then need to pass on their team name and password to their duo buddy or team members so they can join their team (this includes non-participating captains if you have an under 18 team). Remember, duo buddies and team members can’t add themselves to your team until the category has sold out. Once all the spots have been allocated, the option to ‘join a duo/team’ will appear and replace ‘create a duo/team’.

My captain is ready to swim, how do I join their team?

Once your captain has secured a place in the swim, they’ll be able to invite team members to join. The captain will need to pass on the team name and password to team members, so they can log in, register and join their team by selecting it from a list on the registration system.

The category of ‘join a team’ will become available once all spots have sold out. As usual, all team names must be unique so be creative. Please make sure you are selecting the right team to join and not a team with a similar name – this will cause confusion when it comes to entering your password.

We’ve created a step by step visual guide to help you.

If you are ready to ‘join a duo/team’ please follow the simple steps below.

  1. Team captains must pass on your team name and password.
  2. Set up an account.
  3. Visit our website and click the ‘Register’ button.
  4. Select the category you are joining (join a duo or join a team).
  5. Complete the registration form.
  6. Search for your team name and enter the team password.
  7. Make sure you have ticked and signed all waivers and click ‘Confirm’ on the checkout page to complete your entry (no payment is required). Once this is all completed, you’ll receive a confirmation email.

How do I update my registration?

We understand that things can change in the lead up to the event. As per previous years, you will have until 5.00pm (AWST) Wednesday, 23 February 2022 (3 days before the event) to update your information. Please note that the RCSA will not accept any changes after this period. Changes can only be made online through your account and include:

  • Participant’s full name
  • Date of birth
  • Email address
  • Contact number
  • Address
  • Emergency contact details
  • Medical history
  • All support crew and skipper changes.

See a step by step guide.

It’s your responsibility to make sure all team member details are correct before the cut-off date in order to participate – these must be completed online. Please see “What info will be required to register?” for information required.

How can I change a swimmer?

Swimmer substitutes can be done when a participant in your duo or team needs to be swapped in/out. Duos are permitted to have one substitute swimmer and teams are permitted to have two (see points 23 and 24 on the Terms & Conditions for the Event). Please refer to “What info will be required to register?” for cut-off dates.

Are solo entries refundable or transferable?

As per previous years, solo entries in the Rottnest Channel Swim are not transferable and no other person is permitted to participate in your place. If you’ve registered as a solo swimmer and apply in writing for a withdrawal from the event before the withdrawal date (early December 2021), you’ll receive a 50% refund of the entry fee. If you need to withdraw after this date, you’ll still need to inform the RCSA in writing.

How do I change merchandise and sizes?

If you’re a solo swimmer, you must include the sizing for your embroidered t-shirt and finisher jacket when you register, as we need to start working on your unique solo crossing prize packs ASAP and have them ready for you at the finish line.

Additional and complimentary (duos and teams) merchandise can be updated in the system – keep in mind cut off dates are yet to be confirmed for the 2022 Event. Additional merchandise can be a great thank you gifts for support crews and cheer squads and it’s common for us to sell out of sizes, so make sure to get in quick! All merchandise must be purchase through your account.

See size guide for t-shirts.

How do I update my qualifying swim?

Congratulations on completing your qualifying swim! To update your registration to include this, you’ll need to log in to your account. Please have the following information ready to update:

  • Solo qualifying event (i.e.: OWS Round 10: Sorrento)
  • Solo qualifying time (hours and minutes)
  • Solo qualifying distance (i.e.: 10km)
  • Information supporting your qualifying swim (i.e.: link to results).

For more information on qualifying swims, visit our Qualifying Swim page, or if you have any questions, please contact us on or (08) 8119 0919.

How do I get my name in the yearbook?

If you want to see your name and your team’s name in the yearbook, all you need to do is have your skipper and all the correct swimmer names in the registration system by Monday, 6 December 2021.

How will the RCSA prevent multiple entries?

With the ballot being removed there is no longer an incentive to enter multiple times as you will know immediately whether or not you have been successful in registering for the event. When participants set up an Active Passport there are unique identifiers to stop people entering multiple times. As always, the RCSA team will be on the look-out for duplicate entries and if they are found the team will be banned from the event for two years.

Will the registration system crash?

As the event has grown in popularity, there will be multiple captains logging on at the same time to ensure their spot in the event. We have eliminated some of the congestion by moving solos to a separate period, but like similar major sporting events, there is expected to be a peak in people accessing the system as soon as they can. We have a highly experienced vendor running and hosting the registration system. The system selected is used widely across Australia for a number of events that have a greater number of competitors so we are confident, and have been assured, it will not crash.