Yesterday I gathered with hundreds of excited and brave souls to face bitterly cold Atlantic waters on Portrush East Strand. The annual December Santa Splash has become a great community fundraiser. This year the fundraising recipients were RNLI Lifeboats who have been Saving Lives At Sea since 1824. Funded by charitable donations, the lifeboat crews and lifeguards have saved at least 140,000 lives to date. The volunteer lifeboat crews and lifeguards provide a ring of safety around the UK and the Republic of Ireland.
I had a great day dipping, socialising, celebrating and I got insight into the power of collaboration as the RNLI, lifeguards, volunteers, families, photographers, donors, The Arcadia Bathing Club, artists, and restaurants worked together to make the event an outstanding success. Over £13,000 was raised this Santa Splash.
I started my open sea dipping and swimming journey on December 19th last year in Portrush. I’ve kept at it, all year. But my connection and sense of belonging to this beautiful UNESCO World Heritage spot goes way back to early childhood.
I’ve discovered other stunning swim seascapes, particularly along The Wild Atlantic Way. I’d be happy to guide you to my most treasured spots.
Photo Credit to Ewan Harkness and RNLI Lifeboats.