New Year’s Day Swim 2020

Every year hundreds of brave swimmers take an icy plunge into the chilly waters of The Solent on New Year’s Day for charity.

The GAFIRS Lifeboat New Year’s Day Swim is the biggest charity event of the year at Stokes Bay and sees thousands of supporters come to watch brave locals take a refreshing dip.


Detailed Information

Spectators and swimmers please arrive no later than 11:45am

11:00 – Registration is opened to Swimmers at the front of GAFIRS Lifeboat Station

11:45 – Registration closes

12:00 – Swim!


Swimmers and Registration

Swimmers need to register by clicking the link at the bottom of this page. Changing facilities and hot drinks will be provided to participants in the Lifeboat Station.


Raising Money for Good Causes

Many swimmers use this opportunity to raise money for charities close to their hearts and GAFIRS welcomes everyone to raise money for their own charities. All money raised by each swimmer will go to their nominated charity – GAFIRS will not be taking any of this money as there is no registration fee. We do, however, welcome anyone who wishes to raise money for us. You can easily set up a fundraising page and get people to sponsor you through our Virgin Money giving page.


Make a donation using Virgin Money Giving here.


Alternatively, if you prefer, you can email our Fundraising Team and request Sponsorship forms at

GAFIRS will be the only charity licensed to fundraise using collecting buckets on the day.


Getting Here

It all takes place at GAFIRS Lifeboat Station, Lifeboat Lane, Stokes Bay, Gosport, Hampshire, PO12 2TR. For older sat-navs the postcode may be linked to ‘Military Road, Stokes Bay’, this is the same place.



Car Parking

There is a public pay and display car park on Lifeboat Lane but the event is very popular and parking spaces fill up quickly so please walk to the event if you can.

Please DO NOT PARK ON THE VERGES OF LIFEBOAT LANE as this road is required by the emergency services for access at all times in case of an emergency, local council parking enforcement is in operation on the day.


Further Information

The event is widely photographed and filmed, pictures and video highlights will be available on this website ardour  Facebook page a day of two after the event at

Children under the age of 12 are not permitted to partake in this event.


Any More Questions

If you have any further questions, you can get a quick response via our facebook page or you can email us here.



Are you up for the challenge? Click here to register.