Why swim “The Rip”?

Swim “The Rip” to tick the biggest bucket list swim in Australia. Less people have swum “The Rip” at the entrance to Port Phillip Bay, than the English Channel. With fast and unpredictable tides, a shipping lane and abundant sea life, crossing this notorious stretch gives you bragging rights to an elite swimming club. It is a life-changing experience.


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Bookings update

The December 29 trip was a great success with 11 new swimmers being inducted into the Rip Swim Club. They took 1 hour and 18 minutes to cross the famous stretch of water

January 27 trip – 2 full groups are booked – room for 1 more but need to be finalised within the week

February 26 – FULL at this stage (possibly room for individuals but you will need to contact us directly via email – info@ripswim.com.au)

March 12 – All team allocations are full but once again could be room for individuals to join a team.

All Rip swims are done as part of a group. Find other swimmers here. You will need to do at least 1 training swim with your group prior to the day. It is essential that you are fit and well acclimatised to swim “the Rip” but with a focussed training regime anyone can do it. 

A little more about “The Rip”

“The Rip” lies at the entrance to Port Phillip, Melbourne, Australia. Due to strong tides and unpredictable weather it is one of the most notorious stretches of water anywhere in the world. Thanks to a new project launched in 2014, it can now be swum in groups in a safe manner with the full support of the authorities. The swim is approximately 3.2km and has the added thrill of crossing a shipping lane!

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Safe passage with us

We are the only group working closely with the Port of Melbourne Authority to manage shipping and keep you safe.When you book a Rip Swim with us, you are ensured of a safe passage across the most dangerous stretch of water in Australia. Do not attempt to do this by yourself or with any other group.  Our track record is unblemished and we use only surveyed boats and highly trained skippers. We have a world-class risk and safety management plan in place.

Safety – the only endorsed agency

This is a dangerous swim and your safety is our paramount concern. All swimmers must follow our instructions at all times. Our boat/s will carry essential safety rescue equipment and a doctor (with Defibrillator unit) that will be used if necessary. Further safety instructions will be issued to you when you book your swim. We work with the best skippers who drive the best boats. All our boats are surveyed (licensed as commercial operators by Transport Safety Victoria). Our knowledge of the area is exemplary and our understanding of getting swimmers across ‘tricky’ bodies of water is world-class. All our personnel are thoroughly briefed in our methods and we leave nothing to chance. Our jet ski and RHIB craft are extremely safe to pick you up from the water should an emergency arise.

Project summary

To date, 167 swimmers have enjoyed the thrill of The Rip and under our guidance have swum from Point Nepean to Point Lonsdale. Times have ranged from 1 hour 10 minutes up to 3 hours, but the average time is around 1 hour and 25 minutes. Our race in April 2015 was a great thrill for 38 elite swimmers who took part in the inaugural race – watch the film here!