SWIM "THE RIP"
POINT NEPEAN TO POINT LONSDALE
"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 all the swimmers who have crossed so far this season. It has been a magnificent season with 100% success rate so teams have prepared well! Welcome to the Rip Swim Club and the honour board.
If you missed this season, don’t worry! You can get to the front of the queue by booking a priority spot below.
December 7 - Successfully completed! 6 new Rippers!
January 5 - Successfully completed! 19 newRippers!
January 20 - Successfully completed 17 new Rippers!
February 3 - Successfully completed 25 new Rippers!
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.