Wave Times


The first wave will be the Champions of the Channel (solos only), leaving the beach at 5.45am. Ten (10) male and ten (10) female Champions of the Channel are allocated based on their qualifying time/selection.

Soloists are allocated their wave based on their 10km qualifying time. 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 31 October 2022 – 27 January 2023 or Rottnest Channel crossings between 2021-2022). Your race number will be allocated based on your fastest qualifying time. 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. . 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.

2022 Wave Times

View the 2022 wave times for reference ONLY