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Watch the Karma Resorts Open Water Swim Training Series!

Watch the Karma Resorts Open Water Swim Training Series!

Karma’s Head Swim Coach, Paul Newsome, knows a thing or two about open water swimming. Newsome – a past winner of the Manhattan Island Marathon Swim – also regularly competes as a solo Swimmer in the Rottnest Channel Swim and has coached many past winners. Paul shares his expertise in our very special “Swim for success with Paul Newsome” training series. Watch it now!

  • Swim for Success: An open water training series from Karma Resorts

    We welcome Paul Newsome, one of the world’s leading open-water swimmers and coaches, as the Karma Resorts Head Swim Coach. In a series of ultra-focused videos, Paul shares his knowledge on how to best tackle the grueling 2017 Karma Resorts Rottnest Channel Swim.

  • Swim training: A winning schedule

    Karma Resorts Head Swim Coach, Paul Newsome, explains how a proper training schedule makes all the difference to a successful open-water swim. See Paul’s tips on frequency and scheduling plus more. Watch now!

  • Open-water swimming techniques (and why they matter)

    Stroke, kick rates, breathing – the ingredients of a successful open-water swim. See Paul Newsome, Karma Resorts Head Swim Coach, provide tips on how to best conquer the grueling 2017 Karma Resorts Rottnest Channel Swim.

  • Working as a team: Swap overs and support

    A series of tips and strategies for working together as a successful team during the 2017 Rottnest Channel Swim – planning swimmer swap overs and support.

  • Fuel for the fire: Swim day nutrition strategies

    Karma Resorts Head Swim Coach, Paul Newsome, explains how to keep the body fuelled during open-water swims to ensure maximum performance.

  • Tips for avoiding shoulder pain, the swimmer’s bane

    Karma Resorts Head Swim Coach, Paul Newsome, explains how to avoid shoulder pain during swimming.

  • Adapt to the conditions - conquer the waves

    Understand and adapt to ocean conditions, such as swell and wind, during an open water swim. Tips for breathing, swim stroke and more explained.

  • Visualise to maximise: Mental techniques for a successful swim

    See Paul Newsome, Karma Resorts Head Swim Coach, explain how mental toughness and the ability to visualise your swim can affect the outcome of your performance.

  • The final countdown: What you should do the week before the race

    The 2017 Karma Resorts Rottnest Channel Swim is one of the world’s greatest open-water swim events. See how you should prepare in the week leading up to the race with Karma Resorts Head Swim Coach, Paul Newsome.

Planning to visit Karma Rottnest and the Indian Ocean splendour of Rottnest Island soon? If you’re a member of Karma Club, Karma’s very own rewards program, you’ll receive 25% off fast ferry tickets to Rottnest Island, whale-watching tours and day cruises when you book online at www.rottnestfastferries.com.au.

When you join Karma Club you’re opening up a world of endless value, including exclusive offers, discounts on accommodation, and a tidy 25% off all in-resort food, beverages and relaxing spa treatments.

For new Karma Club members or competitors, don’t forget to take advantage of your once-off 40% discount for a stay at any one of our resorts globally, but you must book before the 31st of March 2017!

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Discover Rottnest Island’s rugged beauty all year round at Karma Rottnest

Simply enquire with your Karma Club Concierge or visit here for more information on Karma Rottnest, Rottnest Island’s premier resort accommodation. Set amid stunning natural surrounds, Karma Rottnest provides a serene retreat from which to explore and experience the island’s azure bays, white sand beaches and unique wildlife all year round.

Rottnest Island an ocean paradise for all

Rottnest Island an ocean paradise for all

No trip to Western Australia would be complete without a visit to Rottnest Island, long known as an idyllic weekend getaway for Perth locals and international tourists alike. With its Mediterranean-style climate, plethora of beaches, teeming wildlife and resort-style accommodation, the island is a year-round escape from the mainland’s hustle and bustle.

While taking the obligatory selfie with the island’s historically misidentified namesake – the adorably cute Quokka - is an experience well worth the trip, ‘Rotto’ - as it’s commonly known - offers lovers of the sea and the great outdoors much more.

  • Get on your bike

    Rottnest’s almost car-free roads are perfect for exploring the island by bicycle. The island’s main bicycle hire facility, Peddle & Flipper, next to the Dome coffee shop, is the largest bicycle hire facility in the Southern Hemisphere and offers over 1300 modern and well-maintained bikes – of all sizes - for the whole family.

    Popular short routes include from Settlement to The Basin, a popular swimming and snorkeling spot, and from Settlement to Wadjemup Lighthouse, which has stunning views of the surrounding landscape.

  • Explore Rottnest’s underwater world

    With 63 beaches and 20 bays, the island teems with marine fauna and flora. Depending on your experience level and taste for adventure, you can opt for a dive among the reefs and shipwrecks that dot the island’s surrounds, or drift along on a lazy current using snorkel and flippers as you explore some of the more placid inlets.

    Popular family swimming and snorkeling spots include The Basin and Parker Point as both inlets are well sheltered from the swells and winds coming off the Indian Ocean. In particular The Basin’s azure waters and circular reef is regarded as the island’s most popular swimming spot – this stunningly beautiful inlet plays host to schools of Buffalo Bream, seabirds, crustaceans and more mere metres from a white sandy beach.

  • Skydive over Rottnest from 15,000ft – Geronimo!

    Rottnest is also the go-to destination for adventurers of a different kind. The island’s small airport hosts Skydive Geronimo, one of WA’s top skydiving operators. They’ll take you up a dizzying 15,000ft above Rottnest to experience the thrill of a tandem skydive – the view of Rottnest from above and the skyline of Perth to the east is second only to the rush of adrenaline you’ll feel!

  • Surf some of WA’s best breaks

    Rottnest’s southern and western shores catch the rugged swells coming in from the roaring Indian Ocean, and when combined with the island’s outlying reefs and sandy beaches, it’s a surfer’s paradise.

    Popular breaks include Cathedral Rocks – or ‘Thedrals’ as WA locals call it – Salmon Bay and Strickland Bay, which has previously been named one of the world’s Top 50 breaks.

  • Walk the Wadjemup Bidi

    The Wadjemup Bidi – ‘bidi’ means ‘trail’ or ‘track’ in the language of the Whadjuk Noongar people, the Traditional Owners of Rottnest Island – consists of 45 kilometres of walking trails made up of five sections and will take you to culturally and environmentally significant sites all across the island.

    According to the Rottnest Island Authority, the Wadjemup Bidi aims to raise awareness of both the environmental and cultural values of Rottnest Island. Along the way you’ll see the Bickley Battery – where in WWII 6-inch guns protected entry to nearby Fremantle from enemy ships – and the pink-coloured salt lakes of Rottnest’s interior.

    No matter what your interests or taste for adventure, Rottnest Island has something for everyone – a treasure trove of memories, nature, sea and sand for all.

Our SunSmart partnership with Cancer Council WA

Karma was proud to support the Cancer Council of WA by donating a full team place - along with a fully equipped boat, skipper, and professional swim coach - for the 2017 event. Our team, ‘Allison and the Aquanauts’, took part in the legal charity challenge and completed the swim with an impressive official elapsed time of 05:23:32! Thanks to all team members including Allison Hass, Chris Waldhart, James Strickland and Natalie Taylor.

As the leading independent cancer organisation in the state, the Cancer Council of WA helps to fund world-class research, prevention programs and also provides essential support services to sufferers. The inclusion of the charity swim team helped to raise over $2000 of vital funds needed to combat the impacts of cancer in the Western Australian community.

Karma Resorts team members joined the Cancer Council of WA on race day to spread their SunSmart message - reminding the thousands of visitors to sunny Rottnest Island to slip, slop and slap!

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