Westpac’s Lifesaver Rescue Helicopter – top 6 tips for a super safe Karma Resorts Rottnest Swim.

Westpac’s Lifesaver Rescue Helicopter – top 6 tips for a super safe Karma Resorts Rottnest Swim.

This year, the 2017 Karma Resorts Rottnest Channel Swim will see over 2,300 dedicated swimmers pit their endurance and team spirit against the temperamental stretch of water between Perth’s Cottesloe Beach and the ruggedly beautiful shores of Western Australia’s iconic Rottnest Island.

While swimmers are required to have their own support craft and crews, the event also receives plenty of support from the professionals – the employees and volunteers from Surf Life Saving WA. Far above, the dedicated team of the Westpac Lifesaver Rescue Helicopter will also support the swim.

An integral part of WA’s lifesaving efforts, the helicopter crew responds to many marine related emergencies every year. Exclusive to Karma Resorts, the team has volunteered to share their advice about how you can make your 2017 Rottnest Channel Swim a safe one.

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#1 Always hold a Safety Brief

Make sure you conduct a safety brief with everyone on board your boat.
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Open-water extreme – Swimmer Jeremy McClure’s amazing journey.

Open-water extreme – Swimmer Jeremy McClure’s amazing journey.

What makes a champion? Dedication? Yes, surely. Training? Of course. Yet for Jeremy McClure, four-time Australian Paralympian swimmer and Para-triathlete, it comes down to a state of mind.

“Whether you’re running, cycling, swimming – any form of endurance sport really – the single biggest thing to conquer is the mental aspect”, says McClure, speaking to Karma Resorts. It’s the day after Australia Day and we’ve managed to snag Jeremy for a quick chat about his latest achievement – an astonishing double open-water crossing between the mainland and the azure shores of Western Australia’s Rottnest Island.

Completing the attempt in just 14 hours and 8 minutes, McClure’s achievement makes him the first legally blind swimmer to conquer the 39.4-kilometre return journey.

McClure says the idea came about after completing his first Karma Resorts Rottnest Channel Swim in 2015.

“My main event is the 100-metre backstroke, so I’ve always been a sprinter.
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Cancer Council’s Karma Resorts Rottnest Channel Swim team all in for a good cause.

“Most times we’ve seen each other when we’re not wearing very much, but thanks to training we’ve finally seen what everyone looks like in clothes!” laughs Allison Hass, team leader of the Cancer Council of WA’s Karma Resorts Rottnest Channel Swim team, as we chat about their involvement in the 2017 Karma Resorts Rottnest Channel Swim.

As part of Karma Resort’s sponsorship of the event, the global luxury resorts brand donated a full team place to the Cancer Council of WA, helping to raise vital funds for cancer research and to support sufferers and their families.

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Allison says the team was lucky to be given the opportunity to fund-raise for a good cause, as they’ve seen the impact the disease can have firsthand.

Even before they joined together for the Karma Resorts Rottnest swim, the group had trained regularly together at the Perth City Swim Club.
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The swimming surgeon – A Karma Resorts Rottnest Channel Swim story.

The swimming surgeon – A Karma Resorts Rottnest Channel Swim story.

By day, Dieter Gebauer is Clinical Associated Professor and Head of Oral & Maxillofacial surgery at Royal Perth Hospital. He’s a devoted and caring father and has also been nominated in the People’s Choice “40 under 40” for his work and singular entrepreneurial spirit in his field.

And that’s perhaps not even the most interesting thing about him. Associate Professor Gebauer is also well known in swimming circles as a multi-time winner of the world-famous Karma Resorts Rottnest Channel Swim.

“My father used to be a submariner back in World War II”, quips Gebauer over the phone from his office at Perth Royal Hospital, “so he really pushed swimming as something important to learn – he definitely got me started”.

“The Karma Resorts Rottnest Channel Swim has a long history of medical professionals participating but I started competing from a very young age.
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Bachelor Richie Strahan joins Karma Resorts for 2017 Karma Resorts Rottnest Channel Swim

As the super-fit star of last year’s edition of Channel 10’s rom-reality show The Bachelor Australia, Richie Strahan is already well-known to Australian TV viewers.

In a recent exclusive chat at Karma’s uber-relaxed Rottnest Island Resort, Strahan spoke excitedly about his new role as the Ambassador for 2017’s Karma Resorts Rottnest Channel Swim and about completing the grueling 19.7 kilometer event as well as his love of the holiday island which lies just off the coast of Western Australia.

According to Strahan, “just coming out (of the water) onto that beach (at race end) was such an extraordinary feeling.”

A passionate Western Australian local, Strahan says growing up in the West was a privilege as it gave him access to a wealth of natural wonders, including “Rotto”, as locals warmly refer to Rottnest Island.

“I remember as a kid it was always BBQs on the beach and then we’d have dinner at the Rottnest Pub with my parents.
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