4 April, 2015

The Rip Race is Australia’s most exciting and extreme swim. A select number of swimmers will be given the opportunity to race from Point Nepean to Point Lonsdale and become the King or Queen of the Rip!

$3000 cash prize for first male and female swimmer.
Get in touch if you think you qualified.

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Group Swim

Due to a high demand, we have closed private swim bookings for season 1.
Season 2 bookings will reopen in July 2015.
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The Rip Race – April 4, 2015

All swimmers must qualify for the Rip Race and we are strictly limited to a maximum field of 70. Qualifying races are finished now, but if believe you are a strong candidate, please contact us (infoatripracedotcomdotau)

Contingency Race date

If the weather is unsuitable for us to run our race, we will run a race on the 5th of April instead. If we are not able to swim on day two, we will have to reschedule. We will still have a party!








Qualifying Races*

Age group winners from Mentone 2.5km and Cerberus 2.5km along with 1,2,3 (male and female) place getters at Anglesea and Melbourne Swim Classic 5km have been offered places in the inaugural Rip Race on April 4, 2015.

If offers aren’t taken up and places are still available, 2nd round offers will be given to 2nd and then 3rd place getters. The Rip Race now offers the richest prize on offer in Australia – $3000 for both the female and male winner.

All swimmers must be registered with us to qualify so don’t forget so sign up. If you make the race, your registration fee will be deductible from the race fee amount. If you do not qualify, you will not have to pay to try again in year 2.

*We reserve the right to assess the suitability of all our swimmers for the Rip Race.

Be the first to know

If you’re interested in swimming ‘The Rip’ in either the race or as part of a private group then sign up to our mailing list.

We have closed our lists for private group swims, but you can go on the waiting list for season 2, 2015. Go to the Private Groups page to preregister for a group swim.

Alternatively, email us at bookings@riprace.com.au

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Frequently Asked Questions

Got any further questions?

If you have any further questions, please contact us via our contact button on the site.

Event day Information

Information coming soon Post race celebration (shuttle, party, etc) Information coming soon

How do I register?

The first step is to sign up. This puts you in our system and at the front of the pack. Once you are signed up you have the choice to qualify for the race or register for a private swimming group. Please note that we are currently very full for season 1 so cannot guarantee to get you across this season. It depends how many people take up their offer to swim. if you do not get across this season, you will not need to register again in season number 2.

If you just want to race, go ahead and sign up, but remember you will need to qualify through one of our races. (See “will I need to  qualify for the race”)


What will you do to ensure safety?

Your safety is our primary concern. We have worked hard to eliminate any possibility of harm coming to you. 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. To help us with this, we ask for your complete honesty when filling out forms regarding your swimming experience, current fitness and medical history.

Will I need to qualify for the race?

To swim in the Rip Race, you must qualify first. Once you qualify you will be offered a place to swim. If you do not take up this offer you can still swim in a private group. Our race date is now confirmed as 4 April, 2015.

Qualifying races*

Age group winners and 1st, 2nd and 3rd place getters at Anglesea will be given the opportunity to swim in a limited field for the inaugural Rip Race. The Rip Race now offers the richest prize on offer in Australia – $3000 for both the female and male winner.

Qualifying races have included:

  • Mentone Open Water Swim –   2.5km
  • Anglesea Rock 2 Ramp – 2.5km
  • Cerberus Swim Classic – 2.5km
  • Melbourne Swim Classic – 5km

All swimmers must be registered with us to qualify so don’t forget so sign up. If you qualify for the race your registration fee will be deductible from the race fee amount.

If you do not qualify, you will not have to pay to try again in year 2.

*We reserve the right to assess the suitability of all our swimmers for the Rip Race.

How much will it cost?

Sign Up: $55* (non refundable) 1st essential step for all swimmers wishing to swim ‘The Rip’. (see terms and conditions below)

(1st 100 swimmers entitled to become Foundation Members IS NOW SOLD OUT)

Rip Race: $355 (All swimmers wishing to race must still Sign Up first) (No refunds)

Private group: $495

Please note that your $55 registration fee will be deducted from the race entry fee if you qualify.

*If you do not qualify for the race you will not have to pay to attempt to qualify in year 2.

What if I don't qualify?

If you are unable to qualify for the race or just not interested in racing then a private group is best for you. You can either come to us with a group you have selected (must be signed up) or we will match you with swimmers of a similar speed.

Visit the Private Groups section on this website.

What are the race categories?

The race is an open field for competitors over 18 on the 3 April, 2015. No wetsuits will be allowed. We will feature the 1st 5 place getters in each gender category and the swimmers who are over 50 years of age.

What are the race rules?

We will abide by the standard rules for Open Water swimming as laid down by Swimming Australia or a higher body. All competitors will be emailed the full race rules before the race happens. The basics are below.

  • No wetsuits. Only lycra short sleeved tops
  • No fins, snorkels, paddles, pull-buoys or other similar devices that could be used for mechanical advantage
Will there be any prize money?

The Rip Race offers the richest Prize for open water swimming in Australia.

$3000 for winners of the male and female division will be up for grabs!!

Exciting product prizes to the 2nd and 3rd place getters in both gender categories.

When are results made available?

All results will be readily available within 24 hours of completion of the race.

What happens if the race is cancelled or postponed?

We will select a main race date with a contingency date the next day. WE will also have 2 other dates highlighted in case bad weather causes cancelations for the first 2 dates. In the event that we are not able to run the race on the 4th of April, 2015, we will run a race the next day. This race may be an altered course if conditions are still not suitable to swim across The Rip.

Terms and Conditions

All competitors will need to sign a waiver to swim ‘The Rip’. While we do our utmost to guarantee your safety, we cannot foresee every event that may arise during a swim.

Sign up fees are non-refundable. These fees entitle the first 100 swimmers to become foundation members.

Private group fees are payable in full and non – refundable. If your swim is cancelled due to bad weather we will organise another trip for you. The rescheduling of trips will be done as promptly as possible but will depend on other bookings and weather patterns.

Your swim is not confirmed on a trip until your payment has been received and cleared. No refunds will be issued beyond this point.

Charity and Sponsorship

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Are you a race organiser?

We are looking for existing open water swims to become part of the Rip Race Qualifying Series. If you’d like your swim to be part of the Qualifying Series in the 2016 season, please contact us directly.

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