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SWIM "THE RIP"
Get ready to experience the thrill of the most notorious swim in Australia. Gather your team of swimmers of similar speed, keeping in mind you need to stay together during your swim. Registration opens later in 2018. Stay tuned and make sure to subscribe so you do not mis your chance!
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 throughout the event and stay together with your team. Make sure you are fit enough to manage choppy and confused water throughout the swim.
SWIM DAY LOGISTICS
On your Rip Swim day, we meet at Queenscliff Harbour and you will then be taken via boat to Point Nepean. Your swim will commence in deep water and you will finish at Point Lonsdale. A bus will be in operation to take you back to Queenscliff after the swim.
Further information will be emailed to you when you book to swim.
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! Read more about "The Rip...
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 235 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 jet ski and RHIB craft are extremely safe to pick you up from the water should an emergency arise.
To date, 235 swimmers have enjoyed the thrill of The Rip and under our guidance have swum from Point Nepean to Point Lonsdale with the support of our agency. Average crossing time is around 90 minutes. Our race in April 2015 was a great thrill for 38 elite swimmers who took part in the inaugural race. It will be held again on 3 February, 2018, the same day as the group crossings.
REGISTRATIONS OPEN FRIDAY NOVEMBER 17, 9AM
HOW DO I REGISTER TO SWIM?
Registrations will open later in the year for the 2019 swim. Stay in touch with our sign up form at the bottom of the page. After you have registered, you will need to do one of our qualifying events before signing up to swim "The Rip".
DO I HAVE TO FORM A TEAM?
No, you now have the choice to swim in a team or in the race. You need to qualify at one of our swims or show evidence of your swimming ability and speed. More to come on this soon...
HOW DO I FORM A TEAM?
Find 5 swimmers of similar speed and establish your team. Make sure you can all stay together for the entire 3.5km.
HOW MUCH WILL IT COST?
2019 Costs will be announced later in the year.
WHAT WILL YOU DO TO ENSURE MY 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 race. 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.
CAN I PURCHASE INSURANCE?
Yes - you will have this option when you register. Having insurance is a good idea as it enables you to get a refund if both days are cancelled. Without the insurance we are not able to offer you a refund.
WHAT IF THE WEATHER IS NO GOOD?
The 2019 event will have a contingency date and you ill need to make yourself available for it.
fundraising for ms
At this event you will have the opportunity to raise money for the cause of Multiple Sclerosis. Details will be available to you when you register or if you have already registered or want to donate, click here.
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