The Annual NSVL Boxing Day Swim is nearly here! This page contains all the information you need to know, so if you’re planning on taking part then please read it all carefully.
Please be aware that while the swim is a fun occasion, the water is cold (normally about 6oC). Most people only stay in for a few minutes and it is certainly not a challenge to stay in as long as possible. If you have any underlying health conditions that you feel may affect your participation in the swim, please consult your GP.
Who can take part?
Anyone! However, please be aware that parents/guardians are responsible for supervising anyone under the age of 16. If you have any underlying health conditions that you feel may affect your participation, please consult your GP.
All those participating in the swim must register. Pre-registration is available until Sunday 11th December: This can be done by completing the ‘member’ form available at the bottom of this page.
For those who aren’t current members you can still pre-register for the swim at a cost of £5 per person using the ‘Day Membership’ form available at the bottom of this page. NSVL is a registered charity and all funds raised will go towards our building fund.
All those who have pre-registered must sign in at the swim on Boxing Day.
Both annual and day members can register for the swim on Boxing Day itself, but places will be allocated on a first-come, first-served, basis. Registration on the day is free for members and their families or £5 to become a member for the day.
As ever we have produced a commemorative t-shirt for the swim. For orders received by Sunday 11th December, the cost is £5 per t-shirt and your t-shirt will be available to collect on the day. Any orders received after 11th December, or bought on the day, will be £8 per t-shirt.
You can pre-order t-shirts by downloading and returning the form at the bottom of this page with payment. Please send forms and payment to the address on the form.
Although the main aim of our swim is to have fun and carry on what has become a great tradition, we know that some people enjoy being sponsored to take part to help raise funds for the club.
If you’d like to raise money for the club, please use the official sponsorship form (available for download at the bottom of this page) – it means we can reclaim Gift Aid on donations. Sponsorship money can be returned on the day itself or at a pool session when they resume in the new year.
What to bring with you
Due to very limited changing space, we advise that you arrive with your swimming costume under your clothes. Please also make sure you bring:
•Footwear to wear on the beach and in the sea (e.g. old trainers) – there may be sharp objects underfoot.
•A towel to dry off afterwards.
•Lots of warm clothes to get changed into, including a hat.
•If possible, someone who can look after your clothes and towel while you’re in the sea.
The swim takes place from the NSVL headquarters, Tynemouth Longsands.
Timings for the day
•10.15am – registration opens.
•10.55am – registration closes
•11.00am – all swimmers enter the water
•11.00am onwards – refreshments available
•11.15am – any remaining swimmers leave the water
•11.30am – certificate presentation
Certificates of participation
In previous years we have produced certificates for all those who have taken part in the swim. However, many certificates haven’t been collected so this year we are introducing a slight change.
All those who participate can opt to receive a certificate by ticking the relevant box on the sign-in form on the day. If you don’t tick the box on the sign-in form, a certificate won’t be produced for you. Depending on the weather conditions, certificates will be presented at 11.30am so please try and stay to receive yours if possible. If you can’t stay for the certificate presentation then they can be collected at the club’s pool sessions in January. In the event of bade weather, certificates will be emailed out to participants.
Hot drinks will be available for swimmers and spectators from 11.00am. While we don’t charge for these, we ask for donations to help cover the cost of the drinks and also to raise funds for the club.
Stewards, beach lifeguards and first aid personnel will be supervising the swim. Please obey any instructions they give you.
Any other queries?