The Rottnest Channel Swim Association (RCSA) is a not-for-profit organisation that promotes interest in swimming to Rottnest Island and conducts the annual Rottnest Channel Swim.
The following information is applicable to those swimmers who wish to conduct a solo swim to Rottnest Island (a Solo Crossing) outside the annual Rottnest Channel Swim AND have the RCSA ratify their Solo Crossing.
Swimmers can have their Solo Crossing ratified by the RCSA provided certain requirements have been met. These requirements are primarily related to the swimmers’ safety and welfare, as well as obtaining approvals from the Department of Transport and Fremantle Port Authority (being the relevant government bodies that have control over any activity conducted within the Rottnest channel). As an organisation with an obligation to swimmers’ safety and welfare, these requirements are the same as those in place during the annual Annual Rottnest Channel Swim.
Swimmers who wish to have the 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.
Swimmers who wish to have the RCSA ratify their Solo Crossing are not required to use Fastswim - they are welcome to submit and obtain all the necessary approvals by themselves – however, we believe Fastswim provides a much simpler and faster way to manage the process. We look forward to receiving feedback on Fastswim.
Swimmers who wish to swim to Rottnest Island without involving the RCSA are able to do so, although we highly encourage you to have a strong safety focus. If the RCSA is not involved, we will not be in a position to recognise your swim.