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Jingle all the Ouaisné... Will you brave the 12 Bays of Christmas dip?

Jingle all the Ouaisné... Will you brave the 12 Bays of Christmas dip?

Friday 24 November 2023

Jingle all the Ouaisné... Will you brave the 12 Bays of Christmas dip?

Friday 24 November 2023


Seasoned swimmers are being encouraged to brave the cold and sign up for a festive charity challenge – with the first official dip taking place next week.

Registration is now open for the fundraiser in which year-round hardy swimmers are asked to brave the chilly waters across 12 different bays – each of which has been given a Christmassy new name – in December.

The opening swim will be taking place at Bouley Bay on Saturday 2 December, with hot drinks and mince pies provided by the COOP.

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Pictured: Participants are invited to the opening swim at Bouley Bay on Saturday 2 December. 

Each bay on the list has a festive name, for example, ‘Port-let it Snow’, ‘Jingle all the Ouaisné’, and participants are invited to come along in ‘swimming’ fancy dress.

The challenge aims to raise funds for the National Trust for Jersey and Jersey Hospice Care, who jointly organise the event.

Only those who are medically fit should take part. Information about how to stay safe during and after a cold-water swim will be provided, and wearing a wetsuit will be optional.

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Pictured: Jersey Hospice Care and The National Trust for Jersey are launching a festive sea swimming challenge this year.

The ‘12 Bays of Christmas’ challenge follows on from the ‘30 Bays in 30 Days’ event which encourages islanders of all ages to swim a minimum of 30 strokes in 30 different bays throughout July – which raised £20,000 for the two charities this summer.

However, the winter edition has no target time, distance or number of strokes to swim as the emphasis is also for people to take part within their limitations.

Where are the bays?

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For more information and to register click HERE.

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