South32 Rottnest Channel Swim

South32 Rottnest Channel Swim Claimed

Strong currents, abundant marine life, water temperature averages 21-22°C (69.8-71.6°F)

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The South32 Rottnest Channel Swim is a 19.7km open-water swim from Cottesloe to Rottnest Island (Wadjemup), is one of Australia’s iconic community sporting events and the largest open water swim in the world. Held on a Saturday in late February, the Rottnest Channel Swim sells out annually and, with more than 12,000 people participating and attending, the event brings more people to Rottnest Island than any other day of the year. Over its 31-year-history, the event has improved the health, fitness and wellbeing of many in the community, while providing a unique team experience characterised by mateship and comradery. It is organized by the Rottnest Channel Swimming Association, the first organization honoured by the Australian Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame.


Name of Race

South32 Rottnest Channel Swim

Event Nickname

Rotto Swim

Event Month

February

Region

Oceania

Body of Water

Cottesloe Beach to Rottnest Island, Indian Ocean, Australia

Distances Offered

Over 10k

Temperature

Moderate
Warm

Experience

Intermediate
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Water Type

Ocean

Swim Type

Race

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