Wave Times


The first wave will be the Champions of the Channel (solos only), leaving the beach at 5.45am.

If you’re entered as a soloist, you’ll get an email from the RSCA with your allocated wave, based on the fastest pace in your qualifying swims (10km+ qualifying events between 5 November – 5 February or Rottnest Channel crossings between 2020-2021). All solo waves are seeded.


Duos have two waves, with each wave number allocated by gender.


Team wave numbers are based on their category (the total age of the team). For your safety, the RCSA allocates the wave/cap colour that each team will leave in. Categories/wave numbers for teams are set from Friday, 18 December 2020 – keep in mind these can’t be changed. If you substitute a team member and the age total changes, your team is still required to leave in the same wave, however you’ll compete in the age category determined on race morning. The race caps for the waves are included in the race packs.

*Please note that there will be no category changes for teams once the race numbers have been set. When you collect your race pack, the swim cap colour is the wave you will be leaving the beach on.

2021 Wave Times (For reference ONLY)