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Champs of the Bay 2020
Sunday 23 February 2020
(the day after the Rottnest Channel Swim)
Thomson Bay, Rottnest Island WA
Event check-in from 7:30am to 8:30am
First race starts at 9:00am
Race distances
150m Splash
300m Dash
450m Classic
600 Olympic


150m Splash  |  300m Dash  |  450m Classic  |  600m Olympic

For kids aged 7 to 14 years (on day of event)

All entries are now CLOSED for the 2020 event

ALL Early Bird swimmers are guaranteed free ferry travel and receive ferry voucher codes with their confirmation of entry. Ferry codes are redeemable online for travel from Fremantle with Rottnest Express, the official ferry operator for this event.

ALL swimmers will receive a "race pack" which includes vouchers for a FREE round of Mini Golf at Rottnest Movies & Mini Golf and a FREE Simmo's Ice Cream at The Lane Cafe, plus spot prizes, bonus vouchers and other promotional giveaways .

All  of this PLUS  MORE !

- discounted ferry travel for accompanying friends and family

- race tattoo

- souvenir swim cap

- specially-designed Champs of the Bay finisher's medal



150m Splash  |  300m Dash  |  450m Classic  |  600m Olympic

For kids aged 7 to 14 years (on day of event)

Congratulations to everyone who took part in our second Champs of the Bay event, which was held on Sunday 23 February 2020.


If you are interested in your swim time, check out the times recorded thanks to blueChip Timing, one of our terrific event supporters. But most of all, we hope you all had FUN ....



  • All swimmers are required to check-in at the Event Area between 7:30am and 8:40am

  • At check-in, swimmers will receive a race pack containing a race tattoo, swim cap & a selection of goodies     courtesy of our sponsors

  • A short safety briefing will take place at approx 8:45am

  • The first race (150m Splash) will commence at 9:00am and will be fully completed before the next race starts

  • Subsequent races will follow one by one in the following order - 300m Dash, 450m Classic & 600 Olympic

  • All races will be fully completed before the next one starts

  • All swimmers will receive a finisher's medal

  • The above Course Map is indicative and subject to change by agreement with RIA

  • Full event details will be emailed to all swimmers prior to the day of the event


What is the minimum & maximum age for swimmers?

All swimmers entering the event must be a minimum of 7 years on race day, and the maximum age on race day is 14 years.


What swimwear can I wear?

There are no set swimwear rules, so basically anything goes!

Wear your boardies, rash vests, cover-ups and all other types of swimwear - whatever you are comfortable swimming in!

What can't I wear?

For safety reasons, swimmers aren't allowed to wear heavy items of jewellery, watches or fitbit devices.

No paddles, fins, flotation devices or  swimming aids can be used.

What does my entry fee cover?

All entry fees include water safety, a swim cap, a race number tattoo, fruit and water at the end of the race and a finisher's medal plus discounted return tickets for accompanying family & friends.

All "early bird" swimmers will be guaranteed  a complimentary return ferry ticket

Complimentary ferry tickets for swimmers entering after the close of early bird entries cannot be guaranteed and are subject to availability by agreement between event organisers and the event's ferry operator.


Will late entries be available on the day of the event?

Subject to availability, yes late entries will be available on race day but we highly recommend entering online during the "early bird" registration period to avoid disappointment as there is a limit on the number of swimmers in each event distance to ensure safety and enjoyment for all.

Is there any water safety in place?

Yes, the course is fully supervised with numerous safety personnel positioned throughout the course - standing, wading, swimming and paddling on boards.  The swim is unchaperoned - though chaperones may be permitted at the discretion of the event manager on the day if necessary.

Are there any event prizes?

This event will not have any performance-based prizes .

Our aim is to encourage participation in this unique kids swim and provide ALL kids who take part with  a fun experience of swimming a race in the ocean. With the support of our event sponsors, there will be a number of spot prizes randomly allocated to competitors and all swimmers will receive a selection of discount vouchers to help make their Family Day on the island really enjoyable.

Are there any time limits for the events?

No, there are no time limits  in place and each race distance will be completed in full, with all swimmers exiting through the finish chute, before the next race distance starts.

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