Rottnest Channel Swim

Highly regarded worldwide and one of Western Australia’s iconic events, the Rottnest Channel Swim is a 19.7km open water swim from Cottesloe Beach to Rottnest Island.

The Rottnest Channel Swim is an annual open water swimming event crossing the Indian Ocean from Cottesloe Beach through Gage Roads to Rottnest Island, off the coast of Western Australia, near the city of Perth known as the most isolated city in the world.

Going the Distance!

The South 32 Rottnest Chanel Swim is held in February each year and is open to solo swimmers and teams of two or four. Highly regarded worldwide and one of Western Australia’s iconic events. 

The distance is 19.7 kilometres or 12.5 miles and it is one of the largest open-water swimming events in the world, with approximately 2500 swimmers participating in the event annually.

A Little History.


The first documented crossing by a swimmer was Gerd Von Dincklage-Schulinburg, on 24th January 1956. This led the Weekend Mail newspaper to hold the first organised race to Rottnest Island in March later that year, which was completed by only four participants.

 The first woman to swim to the island was Lesley Cherriman on 13 April 1969. The youngest swimmer to compete was Kutraleeswaran from Tamil NaduIndia, who completed the swim at the age of 13 in 1994.

Today Rottnest Island is a popular holiday destination visited by local Western Australians, interstate and overseas guests drawn by the pristine sandy beaches, water activities, exceptional cuisine and lay back lifestyle. A protected nature reserve, it’s home to the quokka, a small wallaby-like marsupial. White-sand beaches and secluded coves include the Basin, with its shallow waters, and Thomson Bay, the main hub and ferry port. Bicycles are the only mode of transport on the island.

Rottnest Swim cancelled: Part of 2018 event abandoned due to massive shark in water near competitors.

Rottnest Swim : At least part of the annual Rottnest Channel Swim race has been abandoned mid-race. Competitors were being pulled from the water around the 12km mark, after a huge shark was spotted lurking near teams. “Swimmers being pulled out the water at the 12km mark on the way to Rottnest due to a shark. Shark believed to be 3-4m,” 6PR reporter Lisa Barnes said. 

It wasn’t the only drama of the day, a small vessel was seen taking on water, lopsided in the swells. The support vessel used for the Rottnest Channel Swim had to be towed back to Fremantle shortly after this photo was taken. The crew and swimmers on board were not injured. see Article


Saturday 20th February 2021, World Film Federation will be sponsoring Team Morris on this gruelling challenge when 4 Team members take on the 19.7 kilometre (12.5 miles) swim from Cottesloe beach to Rottnest Island negotiating ocean rips & sharks! The swimmers will be supported by WFF Safety Kayak and boat support crews.

The Federation supports its members, World Wide as seen by our President of New Media John Harvie Morris.

Team Morris members participating are as follows.

  • Alex Harvie Morris (Captain & Swimmer)
  • Matthew Harvie Morris (Swimmer)
  • Levi Harvie Morris (Swimmer)
  • Izak Harvie Morris (Swimmer)
  • John Harvie Morris (Kayak Safety Support)
  • Eva Harvie Morris (Boat Support Crew)
  • Jordan Harvie Morris (Boat Support Crew)
  • Lara Harvie Morris (Boat Support Crew)
  • Eli Harvie Morris (WFF Rottnest Liaison Manager)

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