Online registration is now closed. You can register on the day for £12 Please allow plenty of time to register.
This year’s swim is sponsored by …
Please read the following information before registering
This year we will be raising funds for R.N.L.I. Sole Bay Care Fund and Suffolk & Cambridgeshire Blood Bikes
The swim will take place on the beach below Gun Hill, Southwold at 10:30 am. Parking can be found within 200 yards on Ferry Road. You will also find public toilets here. There is a step-free pathway to the beach. The nearest postcode is IP18 6HQ.
The What Three Words location is ///access.nicely.dries
We have been organising the Christmas Day charity swim for 11 years now and in that time we have raised the following amounts:
2012 – £2,747
2013 – £2,319
2014 – £2,148
2015 – £3.882
2016 – £3,100
2017 – £2,885
2018 – £4,391
2019 – £5,094
2020 – £2,030 (virtual swim due to COVID)
2021 – £1,845 (Cancelled due to bad weather)
2022 – £3,300
A total of £33,741
A big Thank You to everyone who has supported us.
2023 Christmas Day Swim is Sponsored by …
If you do not wish to register in advance, you can still register on the day but please arrive in plenty of time to allow registration, it will be busy. Swimmers enter the water at 10:30
To take part in the swim you must be registered. Registration costs £10 in advance or £12 on the day (Online registration will close at midnight on 22nd December). For this, you will be covered by the Rotary insurance policy and receive a wristband which you can exchange for a medal at the end of the swim. (All of this money will go to the chosen charities. Costs are covered by our sponsors).
By registering you agree to the following terms and conditions.
All swimmers must be 16 years or older on the day of the swim.
All swimmers must attend a safety briefing prior to entering the water.
Only registered swimmers will be covered by our insurance and will be allowed to take part.
Swimmers must not exceed a maximum of 10 minutes in the water.
Swimmers must not exceed a distance of 10 meters from the shoreline or go beyond their own depth whichever is shorter.
The organisers reserve the right to cancel the event at any time due to adverse weather or water quality issues. Any such decision will be communicated no less than 3 hours before the event via our website and social media sites.
If swimmers have any doubt about their health and/or level of fitness, they must seek medical advice before participating. The organisers accept no responsibility for health issues arising from swimming in cold water and swimmers take part at their own risk.
Swimmers are advised to wear footwear whilst in the water to prevent the risk of cuts to the feet.
Swimmers must ensure they make adequate arrangements to safeguard their property when in the water. There is no secure storage provided.
Changing facilities are not provided.
The organisers accept no liability for lost items. An accompanying partner is recommended.
Any entrant who is believed to be under the influence of alcohol or drugs will not be allowed to enter the water.
Swimmers must obey the instructions from the lifesaving personnel and Marshalls.
Fancy dress is allowed and even encouraged. However, if it is deemed inappropriate the swimmer will be asked to correct their appearance.
No item will be allowed in the water if it is considered dangerous to other swimmers. (i.e. sharp items etc.)
On the day
If you have pre-registered, please go to the pre-registered table to check in and collect your wristband.
If you have not registered, please arrive in plenty of time and go to the registration table to register and collect your wristband.
If you would rather not take part in the swim but would like to make a donation please click the button below.(NOT TO BE USED FOR REGISTRATION).