It is essential that you prepare well to swim "The Rip". This body of water demands respect and you need to be ready for some unusual conditions. Here are 10 tips to help you get ready for your big day.

  1. Assess your current ability by completing our Swimmer assessment - see image below.

  2. Decide whether you need help from us or are in a position to improve on your own.

  3. If you need help, complete the assessment, email us your results and we will be in touch.

  4. Swim approximately 10 - 15km per week in your lead up to the swim

  5. Do approximately half of your training in the open water

  6. If swimming without a wetsuit, be ready for 16 degree water (lower end of what to expect)

  7. Practice staying next to your fellow swimmers as this is a team swim!

  8. Do plenty of swimming on choppy and rough days to be ready for adverse conditions

  9. Practice navigating so you do not waste time and energy zig-zagging

  10. Consider enlisting a coach to set you a thorough program or find a regular open-water sessions

Swimmer assessment


Upon entering, swimmers will need to provide evidence of being able to swim 3km in under 60 minutes. This can be a recent open water result or can be verified by a coach. You could also do this at one of our nominated training days that will be announced later in the year. Sign up to be advised.

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