How to swim with a group
SWIM "THE RIP" WITH A GROUP ON FEBRUARY 3, 2018
Get ready to experience the thrill of the most notorious swim in Australia. Gather your team of 10 swimmers of similar speed, keeping in mind you need to stay together during your swim. Registration opens in November.
- Only 6 team slots available for 3 Feb
- Contingency date is 4 Feb
- All swimmers in each team must swim together
- Wetsuits are allowed (noted in records)
- Jet Skis and inflatable rescue boats will keep you safe
- Bring your own kayak paddler** or ask us to supply one
**We will need to check that your paddler has adequate experience and the correct safety gear on the day. We recommend having your own paddler as it means you can train with them leading into your swim and practise staying together as a group.
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.
HOW DO I REGISTER TO SWIM?
Registrations will open in November. Decide if you want to swim in a group or in the race. Stay in touch with our sign up form at the bottom of the page.
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 be able to swim 1.5km in 27 minutes to be able to do the race. If not, you may be pulled from the water as we have limited time to cross the shipping lanes.
HOW DO I FORM A TEAM?
Find 9 swimmers of similar speed and establish your team. Make sure you can all stay together as you swim. As the captain of a team it only costs you $200.
HOW MUCH WILL IT COST?
*$200 as a captain of a team
*$495 per person as part of a team
*$395 per person in the race
This includes safe passage across the most notorious stretch of water in Australia by the only organisation endorsed to take you across.
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 16 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 in November 2017.
WHAT IF THE WEATHER IS NO GOOD?
Our contingency date for your swim is 4 February. You will need to make yourself available for both days as opportunities to cross are very limited.
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