how to swim the rip
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 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, 369 swimmers have enjoyed the thrill of The Rip and under our guidance have swum from Point Nepean to Point Lonsdale. Average crossing time is around 90 minutes.
SWIM THE RIP DOCUMENTARY 2014 -2015 SEASON
HOW MANY CROSSINGS WILL THERE BE?
4 crossing dates will be announced initially. More will be released when these fill. Make sure you are subscribed in order to get the news early when bookings open.
WHAT IS THE REGISTRATION PROCESS?
When bookings open, you will have a chance to select a date. There will be 4 groups per crossing.
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 in flat open water conditions without an assisting tide.
DO I HAVE TO FORM A TEAM?
Yes. You will need a group (maximum 6) who can swim at the same speed. And, it is vital that you practice swimming together.
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?
There will be a single cost per group and these costs will be announced very soon. Each group will cost the same amount, whether there are 4, 5 or 6 swimmers.
CAN I SWIM SOLO?
In some exceptional cases we may offer this service.
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.
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 should you need to cancel your swim for some reason.
WHAT IF THE WEATHER IS NO GOOD?
If you do not get a chance to swim, we will rebook you. Please read the terms and conditions when you register to swim.