"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.
SAFETY IS OUR PRIMARY CONCERN - small groups
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.
DATES ANNOUNCED IN JULY
Numbers are limited due to rare 'swimmable tides', so make sure you stay tuned to get in fast when the dates are released in July.
Watch the video from the 2018 event - shot by James Lauritz and Darryl Whitaker
2018 EVENT SUMMARY
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.