"The Rip" is a bold, iconic bucket-list swim across the entrance to Port Phillip Bay, the gateway to Melbourne. Over the years, the 3.2km stretch of water has gained a reputation as one of the most unpredictable and treacherous waterways in the world.  With tides that can run up to 15km/h, it must be treated with the utmost respect. Since the first swimmer, Doug Mew, crossed from Point Lonsdale to Point Nepean, the swim has become part of Australian swimming folklore. Now you can swim it safely under the guidance of our organisation.  


Congratulations to another 18 swimmers who crossed the magnificent Rip yesterday at around 10.30am. They all had a nervous night of waiting to see if the 40knot winds would settle and luckily they did! The three groups of six swam very well across a large rolling swell on a cooler day. They managed to hold a really straight line too thanks to their trusty paddlers. Well done and welcome to the Rip Swim Club and the honour board.

Trips almost full - book a spot for future swim

There are only a handful of places left now for our trips. If you are still keen to swim but have not booked in, you can now book a reserve spot if someone pulls out of a team or get to the front of the queue for future trips.


  1. December 7 - Successfully completed! 6 new Rippers!

  2. January 5 - FULL

  3. January 20 - 1 team place left!

  4. February 3 - 1 team place left ! (May still be teams looking for swimmers)


Completed the Rip Crossing on Sat 3rd Feb. What a great event. Well done to Grant and your team. I will be back again, and will be telling all the swimmers I know that this is a ‘Must Do’ swim. Keep up the good work and look forward to further editions over the coming years.
— Anton stanitzki -


We have escorted 369 swimmers across this notorious passage and developed a system to minimise the risks. This season (2018/19) we will return to the small group format (6 per pod) to give you the maximum level of supervision we can as you enjoy the thrill of the crossing with your friends.


Watch the video from the 2018 event - shot by James Lauritz and Darryl Whitaker


Congratulations to the 133 swimmers who successfully crossed "The Rip" in what was the biggest crossing on record. Watch the video above to understand the majestic nature of the swim.

39 took part in a race while the rest savoured the experience as part of a team. Swimmers at the back end of the swim battled a strong incoming tide and a 20-25knot South-easterly wind so they well an truly earned their Rip Swim Club status!

Our race winner in the male division was Brenton Ford (48:11) while Lisandra De Carvalho  won the female division (52:05). There were some very strong performances in clouding that of Barry Eastoe (71) who returned to swim after a 27 year gap! He was the 2nd person on record to swim "The Rip" after Doug Mew first crossed in 1971. 

The 11 teams that crossed took anywhere from 1 hour, 23 minutes up to 2 hours and 14 minutes. 

For a full list of all those that crossed, refer to our Honour Board Page.

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The Rip

Location: "The Rip" is located in Port Phillip Bay, Victoria, Australia. It is actually a triangular area of water between 3 landmarks but the swim goes from Point Nepean to Point Lonsdale.