Frequently asked questions
THE CHALLENGE OF THE SWIM
The distance from Point Nepean to Point Lonsdale is 3.2km, but the swim can feel more like a 4 - 5km due to water movements and weather conditions, so you need to train accordingly. We select the best tides, but you must be able to swim strongly even at the end of your swim when water movement can be significant. Make sure you are fit enough to manage choppy and confused water.
LOGISTICS ON YOUR SWIM DAY
On your crossing day, you will meet our team at Queenscliff Harbour. From there you will be taken (via boat) to Point Nepean where you will start your swim from deep water. Your swim will finish at Point Lonsdale, which is 5km from Queenscliff. Further details will be sent to upon booking to explain every detail.
MORE ABOUT “THE RIP”
“The Rip” lies at the entrance to Port Phillip, Melbourne, Australia. Due to strong tides and unpredictable weather it is one of the most notorious stretches of water anywhere in the world. Thanks to a new project launched in 2014, it can now be swum in groups in a safe manner with the full support of the authorities. The swim is approximately 3.2km and has the added thrill of crossing a shipping lane!
SAFE PASSAGE WITH US
We are the only group working closely with the Vicports Corporation and Transport Safety Victoria to ensure a safe crossing of the shipping lane. When you book a Rip Swim with us you are ensured of a safe passage across the most dangerous stretch of water in Australia. Do not attempt to do this by yourself or with any other group. Our track record is unblemished and we use only surveyed boats and highly trained skippers. We have a world-class risk and safety management plan in place.
SAFETY – THE ONLY ENDORSED AGENCY
Your safety is our paramount concern. We have taken 369 swimmers across this unpredictable stretch of water since 2014. All swimmers must follow our instructions at all times. Our boats will carry essential safety, medical and rescue equipment and we have a doctor and paramedic on the trip. Further safety instructions will be issued to you when you book your swim. Our craft are extremely safe to pick you up from the water should an emergency arise.
To date, 422 swimmers have enjoyed the thrill of “The Rip”. Average crossing time is around 90 minutes.
HOW DO I BOOK TO SWIM ?
You can book on our sign up page when entries open in August.
DO I HAVE TO QUALIFY?
Yes. All swimmers will need to show evidence of swimming ability and speed. Swimmers must be able to swim 3km in under 60 minutes (or very close to that) in flat open water conditions without an assisting tide.
DO I HAVE TO SWIM IN A TEAM?
Yes but you can enter as an individual and we will place you in a team.
WHAT IF I CANT FIND OTHER SWIMMERS?
If you can't find enough swimmers, you can use our Facebook group or ask us to help you, but in the first instance it is your responsibility because part of the challenge is swimming together. Remember there are plenty of open water groups like the Bellywhackers.
HOW MUCH WILL IT COST?
The cost will be $550 per swimmer
CAN I SWIM SOLO?
WHAT ABOUT SAFETY?
Your safety is our primary concern. We have a tested safety plan that includes input from Lifesaving clubs and government agencies and from the experience of having conducted 18 crossings over 3 years.
With the best skippers, boats and risk management experts, we seek to mitigate any situation that may affect you before, during and after the . We ask that you do your utmost to prepare yourselves physically for the challenge and let us know if you have any medical concerns of relevance before the swim.
WHAT IS THE CANCELATION POLICY?
If your swim day is cancelled, you will get a chance to swim the following day. You need to make yourself available for both days. If that 2nd day is cancelled, we will endeavour to book you on another crossing day of our choosing.