FOUR Rottnest Island Authority employees have been spending their lunch breaks training for this weekend’s Rottnest Channel Swim, to raise money for the whale-saving vessel Sea Shepherd.
Swimmers Rebecca Chaffer, Eilidh Graham, Sarah Nix and Sara McAllister along with paddlers Teagan Goolmeer and Ewan Buckley make up the Wadjemup Damsels that will make the 19.7km crossing, some for their first time. Ms Chaffer, a first-time channel swimmer, said she had been training at Thomson Bay about five or six days a week.
She said the weather conditions, swell and seasickness concerned her the most.
Ms Nix said her team crossed the finish line in five and a half hours last year but had good conditions.
‘We’re really just trying to get there,” she said.
“It’s all about fun and a challenge for us. We’re just looking forward to making it across on our own steam because we get the ferry over here every day.”
The swimmers will take to the water for 10 minutes at a time.
The Wadjemup Damsels will be part of the Lavan Legal Charity Challenge that encourages teams to choose a charity to donate a portion of the entry fee.
Ms Chaffer said the Sea Shepherd was close to home for them because it protected marine life.