Taking a dip this Christmas? Here’s 12 Christmas swims taking place around the coast

Despite the less than ideal temperatures this time of year, a Christmas time swim is a bit of a ritual all around the country. People from all walks of life come together to brave some extremely icy waters all for a bit of craic and in aid of some very good causes.

  • Take great care walking down slipways, jetties, piers and over rocks as they may be slippery and cause you to fall.
  • Swimmers should “Get In, Get Out and Warm Up”, avoiding extended periods of exposure.
  • Before entering the water throw some water down the back of your neck to allow your body to prepare for cold water immersion.

If you’re brave enough to have a go this year here are a few of the most popular annual swims taking place around the coast:

1. Santa Scuba Dive – Sandycove, Co Dublin  – 22nd December

2. Annual Christmas Pier2Pier swim Carlingford Lough, Co Louth – 24th December

3. Clontarf Yacht and Boat Club Christmas Day Swim, Clontarf, Co Dublin 25th December

4. 66th annual Christmas Day Swim Lockes Beach, Fenit, Co Kerry 25th December

5. Newtown and Guillamene Swimming Club Christmas Day Swim, Tramore Co Waterford – 25th December

6. Christmas Day Swim, 40 Foot, Co. Dublin 

7. Christmas Day Swim for COPE Galway, Blackrock, Salthill, Galway – 25th December

8. Christmas Day Dip at Dundag Beach, Killarney – 25th December 

9. Keeldra Lake Charity Swim, Co. Leitrim –  25th December

10. Christmas Day Swim Main Beach Bundoran, Donegal  – 25th December

11.Wexford Sub Aqua Club Annual Swim, Little beach, Kilmore Quay  – 30th December

12. New Years Day Swim Bray Beach, Co. Wicklow – 1st January


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