Every Rip Swimmer has a unique number

List explanation

The honour board is laid out in 3 sections. The first section includes our new Winter Rip swimmers. The next section includes all the swimmers who have crossed under our guidance and each of them has a unique “Ripper number”. Last, have compiled a list that includes all swimmers who have crossed before we commenced our project and some who crossed without our guidance during the lifetime of our project. Please scroll down for the full alphabetical list which we believe is accurate as of April 22, 2019. (460 swimmers in total)

The first man to ever swim “The Rip” was Douglas Mew. He swam in the winter of 1971.

WINTER Rip Swimmers

The inaugural Winter Rip group crossing took place on June 2nd, 2019. 8 swimmers began their journey in 11.5 - 12.5 degree water from Point Nepean. 6 swimmers were successful and we are sure the other 2 will return to conquer the winter crossing. Our list includes 2 other swimmers that crossed in winter, including the pioneer, Douglas Mew.

  1. Douglas Mew - June 13th, 1971 (69 minutes)

  2. Grant Siedle - June 13th, 2016 (59 minutes)

  3. Peter Grose - June 2nd, 2019 (1 hour, 40 minutes)

  4. Sam Bryant - June 2nd, 2019 (1 hour, 40 minutes)

  5. Ria Bleathman - June 2nd, 2019 (1 hour, 45 minutes)

  6. Susan Berg - June 2nd, 2019 (2 hours)

  7. John Philpot - June 2nd, 2019 (2 hours)

  8. Cathy Snowdon - June 2nd, 2019 (2 hours)

Season 1 Rip Swimmers 2014/2015

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All swimmers swam without wetsuits. 82 - 119 took part in our first race.

Seasons 2, 3 & 4. 2015 -2018

*Denotes a wetsuit swim

*Denotes a wetsuit swim


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SEASON 5 2018/2019

*Denotes a non-wetsuit swim

*Denotes a non-wetsuit swim


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Alphabetical list

This is a list of all the swimmers who have crossed The Rip” since the Pioneer Doug Mew crossed in 1971. The grand total stands at 463.

Ted Baillieu’s great Grandfather swam “The Rip” in the 1850’s after jumping ship. Ted followed in his steps.

Congratulations to all swimmers and to those who have done multiple crossings.

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*denotes a wetsuit swim

*denotes a wetsuit swim