SWIM THE RIP
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TICK THE BIGGEST BUCKET-LIST SWIM IN AUSTRALIA
The 3.2km stretch is the most talked about open water swim in Australia and you can now swim it safely with your friends! The crossing is done as a group of 6 with a dedicated kayaker supplied by our organisation. You can enter as an individual or form a group of 6. When you enter as an individual, we will find 5 other swimmers for you to swim with.
HOW TO PREPARE FOR “THE RIP” SWIM
Swimming across “The Rip” is different to other swims as you need to do it with a group of swimmers at the same speed. You also need to be able to handle some choppy conditions and keep a pace of close to 20 minutes per km. or less to have a good chance of success. If you need more information about training and improving your speed, come to our training sessions at St Kilda beach from starting early October. Joining our club will also give you access to coaching and useful information.
NOT QUITE READY ?
If you are not quite ready for “The Rip” swim, have a look at our training page or come to one of our FREE sessions to find out how you can prepare yourself. We will also be running other swims to help you prepare for “The Rip” swim. Make sure you are signed up so you get all our offers about training and events and free programs.
FINDING A TEAM MADE EASY!
This season we can place you in a team of similar speed swimmers when you enter. All you need to work out is your speed-per-km. over a 3 km. swim. You can also use our Facebook group if you prefer to try and recruit a team.
The tide changes every 6 hours. Given the narrow entrance to Port Phillip, the movement of water both in and out can be very strong. Swimming The Rip is not possible on strong tides and is also very dangerous. The water can flow up to 15km per hour. We pick tides that have the weakest predicted water flows to improve your chance of success. After escorting 422 swimmers across safely, we understand the tides well and have looked carefully at the data. As always, mother nature plays her part, but we can minimise the surprises she has for us!