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Winter Solstice Nude Charity Swim Canberra

June 21 @ 7:12 am - 8:00 am

REGISTRATIONS ARE NOW OPEN FOR THE 2024 WINTER SOLSTICE NUDE CHARITY SWIM.!!!
The swim will be Friday 21 June, 2024 at 7.12am at Yarralumla Beach, ACT. There were a record number of swimmers and donations last year, and we’re looking to do even better!

To participate you must register on our website. If you can’t make the swim, you can still support the event or a team by donating directly.

The swim raises money for Lifeline and encourages swimmers to wash away negativity and feel a sense of renewal for the upcoming solar year by stripping off and swimming in the chilly waters of Lake Burley Griffin on the shortest day of the year. The swim has raised more than $200,000 for charity in its short history!

100% of donations go to Lifeline.

AT SUNRISE ON THE SHORTEST DAY OF THE YEAR, BRAVE SOULS CAN DROP THEIR TOWELS, AND REFRESH THEIR SPIRITS, IN THE CHILLING WATERS OF LAKE BURLEY GRIFFIN, CANBERRA. ALL FOR CHARITY.

EVENT INFORMATION

Entry donation

A $35 non-refundable donation is to be paid at the time of online registration.

Where

Yarralumla Beach, Corner Alexandrina Dr and Hopetoun Circuit, Yarralumla ACT.

Yarralumla Beach has a generous beach, designated swimming enclosure with swimming platforms, ample free parking, toilets and barbeques and is a 7 minute drive from Canberra’s city centre.

When

Friday 21 June 2024.

Check-in 06:20-06:50.

Safety brief at 07:05 and actual swim at 07:12.

Registration

All participants MUST pre-register online. Due to insurance difficulties, you will not be allowed to participate if you have not completed the online registration form and waiver. On the day, there will be no facility for any ‘walk-up’ registration.

All those who have registered must ‘check in’ at the check in tables between 06:20 and 06:50.

Order of the event

06:20 Check in begins. Returnable swim caps allocated.

06:45 Bagpiper begins – finishes 07:00

06:50 Check in closes

07:00 Welcome address

07:05 Safety brief

07:09 Bagpiper begins – finishes 07:11 exactly

07:11 Whistle blown for 1-minute warning

07:12 (exactly) air horn sounded for participants to enter the water

07:15 Once out of the water, warm yourselves near an ‘open pit’ fire, but OH&S conditions apply.

07:15 Free sausage sizzle (sausages provided courtesy of Lindbeck’s Butchery) and coffee for participants.

07:45 Off to work

17:00 Celebration at the Dickson Tap House, Wooley St, Dickson

OH&S

Life savers will be on skis patrolling the swimming zone. If you encounter any difficulty please raise your arm.

Please be conscious of the dangers in relation to the fire pits.

St John First Aid Volunteers will also be in attendance and will be found near the check in desks.

If you are not 100% fit, have health issues or are sick, then please do not participate in the swim.

Spectators

In consultation with the ACT Government and the National Capital Authority, we have a ‘No Spectators – No Exceptions’ policy. We repeat, SPECTATORS ARE NOT WELCOME which will be policed by security personnel.

Swimming kit

You will be provided with a returnable swimming cap when ‘checking in’. We recommend you bring a towel and/or blanket that you can wrap around yourself before/after the swim and some participants bring hot water bottles. The beach is not exactly a sandy beach, so be careful, as it is more of a pebble/rocky beach.

Clothing

We recommend you wear ‘tracky dacks’ or similar, warm top, beanie and Ugg boots as a minimum. Your feet get the coldest. Don’t forget the boots and the blanket…they help a lot!

Changing facilities / toilets

A small temporary male and female change room will be erected close to the beach. At previous events, use of the change rooms has been minimal so they will be small, but practical.

There is a toilet block in the parking area.

These facilities are basic and we ask for your understanding.

Parking

There is parking available but we suggest you arrive early as event numbers grow every year. Volunteers will assist with parking and marshalling participants to the check in desks.

Post swim event

Post swim deliberations / celebrations will commence at 17:00 at the Dickson Tap House, Wooley St, Dickson.

Participants understand they

Must be over the age of 18 years.

Participate at their own risk and acknowledge there is a high element of risk, particularly due to the low water temperature.

Are physically fit and are not suffering from heart, respiratory conditions etc. or illness that may affect their safe ability to participate.

Not have a blood alcohol level exceeding 0.05%.

Accept the organisers’ disclaimer of all liability (including negligence) for any personal injury, loss, damage and or theft.

Be mindful of the dangers associated with fire pits.

Note that the organisers will discourage spectators, but as a public domain, there can be no guarantee they will not be present. However, the charity swim has a ‘No Spectators – No Exceptions’ policy.

Give permission for the organisers and media to photograph the event for promotional purposes and that every effort will be made to protect the identity of participants.

Water quality

The Winter Solstice Swim committee is NOT providing advice or recommendations to participants regarding water quality and blue-green algae and we strongly recommend that individuals make a considered, sensible decision about taking part in the event.

We encourage participants to review the National Capital Authority’s Lake Burley Griffin water quality page along with the ACT Guidelines for Recreational Water Quality prior to participating.

NO SPECTATOR POLICY
The Winter Solstice Nude Charity Swim is a ‘non-spectator’ event. It is held strictly for those who want to donate to charity in a novel and innovative way.

The non-spectator policy was developed in consultation with the ACT Government and the National Capital Authority. Only participants are able to attend.

RESTRICTED ACCESS
In accordance with the ACT Government’s request, signage will be di

Details

Date:
June 21
Time:
7:12 am - 8:00 am
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Website:
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