Why not make your last dive of the year one that makes a real difference?
That’s the question the staff at Vobster Quay are asking UK divers, so if you’re looking for something truly silly to do this festive season – and who isn’t? – they suggest you grab some bright red pantaloons, a fluffy beard and as much festive cheer as you can muster, and head down to the inland diving centre near Radstock in Somerset on Sunday 18 December, for their annual charity Santa-diving event.
Run in aid of the Royal National Lifeboat Institute (RNLI) and the Dorset & Somerset Air Ambulance charities, Vobster Santas 2016 will see hordes of divers don Santa suits for a mass sponsored festive dive.
Last year’s event is said to have smashed the world record for the most Santa divers in the water at once, with a total of 188 hardy individuals taking the plunge.
Vobster Quay hopes to get even more divers involved this year, so you could become a world record-breaker. And the event is also a serious fund-raiser, with more than £30,000 presented to charities in the past four years alone.
“It’s been almost 10 years since the very first charity Santa dive took place at Vobster Quay, and every year the event gets bigger and bigger,” says site-owner Martin Stanton.
“Vobster Santas is a superb way for divers to say a massive thank-you to the both the RNLI and the Air Ambulance Service – two organisations that, together, are responsible for saving so many lives every year.
Participating divers are encouraged to seek sponsorship either individually through sponsorship or via JustGiving. There will also be a diving-equipment raffle on the day. Register here
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