**Please note: As the coronavirus (COVID-19) threat continues to develop and the State of Western Australia announcing a state of emergency, no solo swim applications will be approved by Fremantle Port Authority until further notice. We apologise in advance and appreciate your patience and understanding at this time.**
Swimmers who wish to have the Rottnest Channel Swim Association (RCSA) ratify their solo crossing can take advantage of a streamlined process managed by the RCSA to assist with their solo crossing attempt – Fastswim. Fastswim has been developed by the RCSA, together with the Department of Transport, and includes all necessary approvals. In using Fastswim, the RCSA will assist the intending swimmer by obtaining all approvals, coordinating a safety briefing and providing all information relating to training and preparation.
Given the intensive period around the time of the annual Rottnest Channel Swim, unfortunately the resources of the RCSA will not be available to process and manage Fastswim applications for a three week period before and following the annual Rottnest Channel Swim. Importantly, this blackout period only extends to applications to use Fastswim – it does not prevent a solo crossing, with all necessary approvals already received, taking place during this period.
The following steps will guide you through the process and requirements to conduct a solo crossing in order to have it ratified by the RCSA, including using Fastswim.
- Complete and submit the application form.
- Within three working days, the RCSA will contact you to organise your solo crossing and work with you to ensure a safe and successful crossing.
- Attempt your Rottnest Channel Swim solo crossing.
- Within seven days, the RCSA will contact you regarding your solo attempt.
- If your swim was successful, the RCSA will table the ratification of your swim at its next committee meeting.
- Following the committee meeting at which the ratification of your solo crossing is tabled, we will advise you of the outcome.