Sidmouth Boxing Day Swim Cancelled This Year

    For the last 30 years along with the local RNLI branch who have undertaken the insurance, we have to advise that unfortunately due to lack of willing volunteers the local RNLI branch no longer exists, therefore we have to inform you that there will be no Boxing Day swim

    Message from the organiser, Oliver Salter:

    As one of the primary organisers with Keith Knight for the last 30 years along with the local RNLI branch who have undertaken the insurance, we have to advise that unfortunately due to lack of willing volunteers the local RNLI branch no longer exists, therefore we have to inform you that there will be no Boxing day swim this year. In the beginning there was a dozen or so hardy souls taking to the water which had grown to over 400 swimmers. In recent years the organising has been a real team effort between the Sailing Club, Sidmouth Lifeboat, Sidmouth Surf life saving club and the RNIL but none of the remaining clubs have the necessary insurance to run such an event. We thank the local clubs for their help and support over the years keeping swimmers safe but have to stress that there will be no swim this year therefore no safety cover.

     The lifeboat incorporating the beach lifeguards and the surf life savers suggest strongly that people do not take to the water due to the risks involved especially cold water shock.

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