Every year thousands 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.
To read all about the January 1, 2017 Swim visit the news story on our website here.
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
11:45 – Subject to operational requirements, GAFIRS will showcase their lifesaving equipment through a number of demonstrations. Just before the swim Gosport independent lifeboat will conduct a training exercise with the HM Coastguard Helicopter just off the station (subject to operational requirements), giving you a frontline seat to some of the techniques used to save lives at sea.
12:00 – Swim!
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.
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.
Alternatively if you prefer, you can email our Fundraising Team and request Sponsorship forms at firstname.lastname@example.org
Please note that although many charities will be presented at the swim, GAFIRS will be the only charity licensed to use collecting boxes on the day.
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.
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.
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 Facebook.com/GAFIRS.
If you have any questions, you can get a quick response by posting it on our Facebook page www.facebook.com/GAFIRS. Or you can email email@example.com.