Swimmers seminar

The RCSA holds a Swimmers’ Seminar each year which addresses common questions for first-time participants. While the session is aimed at first time soloists, the evening is ideal for everyone who wants to make their first Rottnest Channel crossing (solos, duos, teams and even parents of swimmers wishing to enter).

The session usually runs through the following:

  • What to expect on event day
  • Training guidelines and taper tips
  • Handy tricks on what to include on the boat
  • How to find your support crew on the water
  • Rotto Swim health and safety – spotting the early signs of hypothermia
  • That finish line feeling and looking after yourself on dry land.

The 2020 seminar will be held on Wednesday, 18 September 2019, from 6:00 pm-7:30 pm in the Lecture Theatre at HBF Stadium.

You can check out a live recording of the 2019 seminar, and the presenter’s slides below.

Natalie Beevis is the Executive Officer at the Rottnest Channel Swim Association (RCSA) and has been a part of the RCSA family since 2014. Her presentation outlines the new registration process, solo qualifications, finding a paddler and the event briefing.

Other useful tools

Professor Ian Rogers is an expert in hypothermia and pulmonary oedema who has done a presentation on the swim. His video outlines the signs and stages of managing hypothermia as well as the dangers of developing pulmonary oedema. He has also provided a document outlining the medical risks of the swim to Rottnest

Julian Mills has been crossing the Rottnest Channel since 2002 and has completed four solos, swum as a duo and has also been a skipper. Julian and his son Oliver did a presentation their experiences in the areas of training and mindset, how to prepare and what to expect on race day.

If you’d like to contact Julian for more event day advice please email jmills@gresham.com.au.

Daniel Rodgers has 10 years of coaching experience and has swam his whole life. He’s coached swimmers from junior to national/high-performance programs across various clubs, including coaching at UWA uniswim’s high-performance program. Assisting gold license coach Mel Tantrum, Daniel acquired the skills to maintain and develop high-performance athletes technically and physiologically. Check out his presentation.

Previous presenters

Paul Newsome is the head coach of swimsmooth.com – one of the world’s leading swim coaching programs for open water swimmers and triathletes. Paul has swum the Rottnest Channel Swim four times as a solo and three times as a duo, often finishing well inside the top ten for each. Paul ran through a number of training elements to ensure a successful Rotto crossing in his presentation.

John Muir is a successful soloist who experienced both hypothermia and a heart attack which also resulted in him developing pulmonary oedema during a channel crossing.

At the 2016 Swimmers’ Seminar, we had a presentation from the lovely Erin Shaw. Not only is Erin an experienced Rottnest Channel swimmer, but she is also a swim coach. Erin has included her recommendations for nutrition, carbo-loading and training tips in her presentation.