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New Year dip cancelled

It’s been a Clevedon tradition for years, but the coronavirus pandemic will stop this year’s Boxing Day and New Year’s Day dip.

It’s important that we keep everyone safe by sticking to government guidelines around social distancing and mass gatherings. But it’s also important to bear in mind that getting into cold water can be very dangerous and we must not put an extra strain on the emergency services.

“The New Year dip is magical and it brings lots of people to the lake who don’t swim throughout the year, plus lots of people with hangovers,” says Rowan Clarke, Outdoor Swimming Coach. “This increases the chance of a medical emergency, which just isn’t fair to put on the frontline health workers this year.”

For Marlens, the charity that runs the lake, this means the loss of donations, so please consider donating anyway.

We look forward to starting off 2022 with a New Year’s Day dip. Until then, keep safe and well.

Don’t swim until you’ve done this!

You wouldn’t go caving, climbing or scuba diving without a lesson or guide, would you? Well, cold water swimming is also an extreme sport and we want everyone to learn to do it safely.

With so many mental and physical health benefits, it’s no wonder so many people have started swimming outdoors in 2020. Here at Clevedon Marine Lake, we’ve seen a huge number of new cold water swimmers. But, with lockdown stopping groups from meeting, lots of new swimmers are missing out on learning how to swim safely in winter temperatures.

Now, there is help at hand from NOWCA (National Open Water Coaching Association). This free course will help you learn how to make the most of your cold water swims. It takes just 20 mins and you can do it online.

We love seeing so many happy faces at the lake. We urge you to do this short course so that you can get maximum benefits with minimum risk.