Role of Skipper

Skippers have two main roles:

  1. They set the course, allowing the paddler and swimmer to follow them; and
  2. They are responsible for safety of swimmer/s and support crew.

Because the role of skipper is such a significant role in the safety and success of swimmers, ensuring skipper education and awareness is paramount. We highly recommend skippers attend the safety briefing and this year we will require skippers to complete a pre-event questionnaire. The aim of this questionnaire is to ensure skippers are educated and equipped to carry out their role on event day.

Finding a support boat

Organising a support boat is often very difficult so it is important to get started in organising your support boat and skipper at least six months prior to the event, especially those swimmers coming from interstate or overseas. Swimmers are required to enter their support boat and skipper details at the time of registration. The options with the best success rate are as follows:

1. Advertise within the ‘Forums’ section on our website – this has proven to be the most successful method.

2. Post a notice on the wall of the Rottnest Channel Swim Facebook Page.

3. If you know of anyone in Perth, perhaps ask them to ask around on your behalf. Word of mouth is also very successful.

4. Advertise in local newpapers/The Quokka.

5. Advertise on Gumtree – FREE online.