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SWIM INTO HISTORY

Point Nepean to Point Lonsdale

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"The Rip" Swim

SOME THINGS MAKE YOU FEEL ALIVE - "THE RIP" SWIM IS ONE OF THEM

"The Rip" is a bold & iconic bucket-list swim that lies at 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 stretches of water anywhere in the world.  With tides that can run up to 15km/h, it is a waterway that needs to 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 a world class organisation.

Opportunities to cross "The Rip" are rare due to strong tidal flows so make sure you are up to date with our news.

 

 

SWIM "THE RIP"

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Swim as a group 

3 February, 2018

Share the experience of the most notorious stretch of water in Australia as you cross "The Rip" in a group of your choosing. You will swim the whole distance, staying close to your team mates, guided by your own personal kayaker. Registration opens in November.

  • Saturday 3 February (contingency 4 Feb)
  • Point Nepean to Point Lonsdale
  • Water temperature approximately 15 - 17 Celsius
  • All swimmers in each team must swim together
  • Wetsuits are allowed (will be noted in records)
  • Jet Ski's and Inflatable rescue boats will keep you safe
  • Bring your own kayak paddler** or ask us to supply one
 

 

RACE "THE RIP''

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Race "The Rip"

February 3, 2018    

The most exciting open water swimming race in Australia is set to return in 2018, 3 years after it's inaugural triumph. You now have the chance to line up to race across the most notorious stretch of water in the country and become part of history. 

  • Point Nepean to Point Lonsdale
  • Age group categories
  • An Elite Ripper field (need to qualify*)
  • Non-wetsuit acknowledgement
  • Entries open November 2017
  • Strict field limit applies - get in fast
 

TESTIMONIALS

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John Fergusson – Ripper # 128, Point Lonsdale Life Saving Club member

“We have been looking at the Rip in awe for 40+ years. As a nipper on the front beach in the 1970s we were told endless stories of its power and unpredictability. So when a group of us who were nippers together started talking about the prospect of swimming the Rip it was with a feeling of trepidation that I agreed. The training as a group was great fun. We were out in the Lonsdale bay most days and have formed a group that continues to swim together when we back in Lonnie. The swim was tough but we were well prepared. I must say being out in the middle of the Heads stopping and taking in the enormity of that body of water is something that will stay with me. The party after the swim was pretty good too!”

GALLERY

 

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