The annual Virtual South32 Rottnest Channel Swim is held in various swimming pools across Australia and internationally. The Virtual Swim is commonly held on the same day as the South32 Rottnest Channel Swim.
The Virtual Swim 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.
To view the 2024 participating pools and swimming groups, click on the button below:
There are two separate events and an accrued distance:
- 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 start of the event.
- 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 start of the event.
The swim will be conducted in your local pool and a distance of 20km will be swum. The VRCS is recommended to 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.
- Accrued 20km distance between the event and six weeks prior – Individuals over the age of 14 years may accrue the 20km distance over a six-week period. You can only choose this option if your local pool/swimming group has agreed to manage this.
For Pools/Swimming Groups
The Virtual South32 Rottnest Channel Swim is a great fundraising opportunity for pools/swimming groups internationally and also a really fun event! The Rottnest Channel Swim Association will provide you with all of the resources and support you need to hold a high-quality, enjoyable event for your community whilst giving you the freedom to organise an event that works for you.
To become a Virtual South32 Rottnest Channel Swim pool/swimming club, simply purchase your desired Virtual Swim pack, by clicking the button below and the Rottnest Channel Swim Association will be in touch to help you organise your event! Virtual Swim pack purchases close on Monday 11th of December 2023 or until sold-out.