Virtual Rottnest Channel Swim

The Rottnest Channel Swim Association conducts the annual Virtual South32 Rottnest Channel Swim (VRCS) in various swimming pools across Australia and internationally. The VRCS will be held on the same day as the South32 Rottnest Channel Swim.

The VRCS is ideal for swimmers who:

  • Can’t attend the actual day
  • Don’t wish to compete in the ocean, but enjoy distance swimming
  • Couldn’t get a boat, or
  • Missed out on registering.

Registrations for the 2021 Virtual Rottnest Channel Swim close on Sunday, 31st of January at 5pm.

Swimmer sign up

Race Details

There are two separate events and an accrued distance:

  1. The 20km Individual/Team Event for the serious swimmers –  Individuals, duos or teams of four can compete in this event. An individual swim is open to all swimmers over the age of 14 years, and the team event is open to all swimmers over the age of 10 years as at the day of the Saturday, 20 February 2021.
  2. The 20km Novelty Event for the more social swimmers – Maximum team size is 10 with the swim open to all over the age of 10 years as at the day of Saturday, 20 February 2021.

The swim will be conducted in your local pool and a distance of 20km will be swum. The 2021 VRCS will commence between 6.45am and 8.00am and finish no later than 6.00pm. The pool manager/event organiser will conduct the race briefing 15 minutes prior to the start.

  1. Accrued 20km distance between 10 January, 2021 and 20 February, 2021 – Individuals over the age of 14 years may accrue the 20km distance over a six-week period between Sunday, 10 January 2021 to Saturday, 20 February 2021. You can only choose this option if your local pool has agreed to manage this.

The VRCS requires a lead contract for each individual pool or local clubs. If you are interested in organising a VRCS at your local pool, in conjunction with the South32 Rottnest Channel Swim, complete the below EOI prior to 27 November to join in the fun!

Pool leader

Following individual pools joining the VRCS entries will open on Monday 16 November 2020 for individual swimmers and teams.

If you have any questions, please email or call (08) 8119 0919.