12 Bays of Christmas 2021

1st December, 2021

We are delighted and incredibly grateful to Rocq Capital for supporting this year's 12 Bays of Christmas which means that the maximum amount of money raised from this event can go directly to Les Bourgs Hospice to support them in the delivery of free, specialist care to patients and their relatives and loved ones.


Following the overwhelming success of this new Winter sea swimming event last year we are excited to run it again in 2021. Inspired by an idea dreamt up by the Marley and Sealey families who are all keen sea swimmers we had over 600 people take up the challenge so would love to get more people signed up this year!

The 12 Bays of Christmas event encourages islanders who have continued swimming since September or are seasoned year-rounders to take a dip in 12 bays listed on a map between 1st -31st December. Each bay on the list has a festively-themed name and this year we have two new bays on the list so we hope that there are plenty of options for more sheltered swims depending on the weather.

1) Vaz-on the first day of Christmas

2) Rocquaine around the Christmas Tree 

3) Bathing Yules

4) Baby it's Cobo outside

5) Porte-let it snow

6) Away in Fermain-ger

7) Saint Nick's Bay

8) Chestnuts Rousse-ing on an open fire

9) I'm dreaming of a Moulin Huet Christmas

10) Cheese & Port Soif

11) Grandes Rocques-in Robin

12) Bordeaux-ho-ho


Please note that due to the colder water and air temperatures you must be medically fit to participate and due to the time of year we strongly recommend that you check the tide and weather before swimming. We recognise that each person has a different tolerance to the cold therefore we have intentionally not set a number of strokes, distance or time to be in the water for. If you want to just dip and get out that is fine by us, as is the wearing of wetsuits (encouraged for U18s) and if you start the challenge there is no obligation to complete it - the emphasis is completely on you being aware of what you can achieve and not going beyond those limitations.

If you decide that this event is still for you please keep reading then get signed up! When you register you will have the opportunity to purchase one of our festive bobble hats which will not only keep you warm during the event but will also help you spot other swimmers who are taking part in the challenge so give them a wave or say hello!

Your registration pack will include a beautifully illustrated map by the talented The Tiny Island Studio and an information sheet to help you swim safe and warm up properly afterwards.

You will be able to opt to:

1) Have your registration pack posted out (at an additional cost to cover postage)

2) Collect it from our charity shop in St. Martins (on a Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday or Saturday 9am-4.30pm)

3) Collect it from the Guilles-Alles Library who have kindly allocated us some space in their entrance hall on the following dates. This will be between 12-1.30pm & 5-6.30pm;
Thursday 11th November (5-6.30pm ONLY)
Tuesday 16th November
Tuesday 23rd November
Thursday 25th November
Tuesday 30th November
Thursday 2nd December
Tuesday 7th December
Thursday 9th December


If you would like to read more about cold water swimming you can access our information sheet in the downloads section or please visit websites such as outdoorswimmingsociety.com or Wild Swimming UK.

Thank you for your support.

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