12 Bays of Christmas (Guernsey) - Wednesday 1st 00:00 - Friday 31st December 2021 23:00

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12 Bays of Christmas (Guernsey)

Before you enter 12 Bays of Christmas (Guernsey)

  • Participants are entering at their own risk. Swims are not led nor are they supervised.
  • Participants are solely responsible for making their own assessment as to the risks involved in any particular swim (including accessing each bay).
  • Participants must not swim alone.
  • Participants must not swim in the dark.
  • Participants must be medically and physically fit enough to participate and if they are in doubt or have a medical condition they will consult their doctor prior to taking part.
  • Participants will not swim whilst under the influence of alcohol or any medication which may cause drowsiness.
  • Participants must check the weather and tide information before each swim.
  • Participants must read the cold water swimming information provided in their registration pack.
  • Participants will only be considered to be registered for the 12 Bays of Christmas event if they have signed up via the Les Bourgs Hospice website, paid their registration fee to Les Bourgs Hospice in full and ticked that these full terms and conditions of the event have been read, understood and accepted.

Please read this section carefully before accepting these conditions as part of your entry. 

I hereby confirm that I am thoroughly informed of the risk involved with any open cold water swimming activity. I understand that open cold water swimming may involve inherent risks, including but not limited to marine life injuries, drowning or accident. Treatment of an open cold water swimming incident or accident with these or other injuries may require immediate medical attention. I understand that neither Les Bourgs Hospice as Organiser of this Event, nor any of their officers, agents or volunteers (hereinafter referred to as "Released Parties") may be held liable or responsible in any way for any injury, death, or other damages to myself, my family heirs or assigns that may occur as a result of my participation in this event or as a result of the negligence of any party including the Released Parties, whether passive or active.

In consideration of being permitted to participate in this event, I personally assume all risks in connection with it, for any harm, injury, or damage that may happen to me while I am participating in this event, including all risks connected therewith, whether foreseen or unforeseen.


£ 15.00
Individual - Adult (Age 18+) £ 15.00
Individual - Adult (Ages 18 - 100)

£ 5.00
Individual - Child (Age 5-18) £ 5.00
Individual - Child (Ages 5 - 17)

£ 30.00
Group (2 or more) £ 30.00
Standard Entry ( 2 x Ages 5 - 100 , Additional Slots Available Ages 5 - 100 )

  • 2021 - NEW grey festive bobble hat 2021 - NEW grey festive bobble hat


  • Postage for one hat No image available


  • Postage for two or three hats No image available


  • Postage for four or more hats No image available


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About 12 Bays of Christmas (Guernsey)

We are delighted and incredibly grateful to Rocq Capital for supporting this year's 12 Bays of Christmas which means that the maximum amount of money raised from this event can go directly to Les Bourgs Hospice to support them in the delivery of free, specialist care to patients and their relatives and loved ones. www.rocqcapital.com

Following the overwhelming success of this new Winter sea swimming event last year we are excited to run it again in 2021. Inspired by an idea dreamt up by the Marley and Sealey families who are all keen sea swimmers we had over 600 people take up the challenge so would love to get more people signed up this year!

The 12 Bays of Christmas event encourages islanders who have continued swimming since September or are seasoned year-rounders to take a dip in 12 bays listed on a map between 1st -31st December. Each bay on the list has a festively-themed name and this year we have two new bays on the list so we hope that there are plenty of options for more sheltered swims depending on the weather.

1) Vaz-on the first day of Christmas

2) Rocquaine around the Christmas Tree

3) Bathing Yules

4) Baby it's Cobo outside

5) Porte-let it snow

6) Away in Fermain-ger

7) Saint Nick's Bay

8) Chestnuts Rousse-ing on an open fire

9) I'm dreaming of a Moulin Huet Christmas

10) Cheese & Port Soif

11) Grandes Rocques-in Robin

12) Bordeaux-ho-ho

Please note that due to the colder water and air temperatures you must be medically fit to participate and due to the time of year we strongly recommend that you check the tide and weather before swimming. We recognise that each person has a different tolerance to the cold therefore we have intentionally not set a number of strokes, distance or time to be in the water for. If you want to just dip and get out that is fine by us, as is the wearing of wetsuits (encouraged for U18s) and if you start the challenge there is no obligation to complete it - the emphasis is completely on you being aware of what you can achieve and not going beyond those limitations.

If you decide that this event is still for you please keep reading then get signed up! When you register you will have the opportunity to purchase one of our festive bobble hats which will not only keep you warm during the event but will also help you spot other swimmers who are taking part in the challenge so give them a wave or say hello!

Your registration pack will include a beautifully illustrated map by the talented The Tiny Island Studio and an information sheet to help you swim safe and warm up properly afterwards.

You will be able to opt to:

1) Have your registration pack posted out (at an additional cost to cover postage)

2) Collect it from our charity shop in St. Martins (on a Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday or Saturday 9am-4.30pm)

3) Collect it from the Guilles-Alles Library who have kindly allocated us some space in their entrance hall on the following dates. This will be between 12-1.30pm & 5-6.30pm;

Thursday 11th November (5-6.30pm ONLY)

Tuesday 16th November

Tuesday 23rd November

Thursday 25th November

Tuesday 30th November

Thursday 2nd December

Tuesday 7th December

Thursday 9th December

If you would like to read more about cold water swimming you can access our information sheet in the downloads section or please visit websites such as outdoorswimmingsociety.com or Wild Swimming UK.

Thank you for your support.


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Contact 12 Bays of Christmas (Guernsey)

  • Phone: 01481 251111