winter challenge

safe winter dipping

With the recent explosive growth of outdoor swimming, combined with more people attempting to continue through winter, inevitably an increase in incidents follows. Clevedon seafront has had its share recently, more than in previous years. Swimmers are a friendly, supportive community who look out for each other, so with that in mind, this year’s challenge will cost £20 to pay for a badge and a short aquatic first aid session: how to use a defibrillator (AED), perform CPR, and recognise and deal with cold water shock, hypothermia, and drowning. 

Infinite Training Solutions Ltd is a local training provider and they will cover the basics for £15 and just 1.5 hours of your time, so we avoid cost and time barriers, and hopefully train as many people as possible. Each session will have 10-12 people, with manikins and AEDs provided for you to practice on. Even if you know these skills a refresher is always helpful and attending a session is a great way to meet other swimmers. However, if you don’t want to attend, your £15 will contribute to training someone else or ensuring a session runs where we don’t meet the minimum booking requirement. Two back-to-back sessions will run, either Sat or Sun, starting about 10:00 and 12:00. If you cannot make weekends, add a comment in the form and we will see what else can be arranged.

Those registering for the challenge will receive an exclusive winter dipper badge; the red cross behind the snowflake reflects the significance of this year’s aim.

In respect of distance, duration, or frequency, there is no pressure on you: swim as a much or as little as you want, it’s your own personal challenge.

You can also keep a record of your winter swims via a special form we have designed. Periodically we will aggregate and share the data.    

Clevedon Swimmers Winter Challenge badge


  • The challenge runs from Oct 2022 to Mar 2023.
  • To take part costs £20 (£15 training + £5 badge & postage)
  • You enter the water at your own risk and must be responsible for your safety at all times.
  • You are responsible for any possessions you bring to a swim
  • If you have any medical concerns, it’s important that you speak to your GP before swimming in cold water.


  • Ideally, swim with a buddy, or keep swims short if alone
  • Take extra clothes to help warm up after you get out. 
  • Don’t drive or cycle straight after you get out, make sure you are properly warm before setting off
  • Read THESE ARTICLES, particularly if you are new to cold water swimming


Please complete the form below. The cost is £20 (£5 badge/postage + £15 first aid course). At the training step: if you don’t want training, tick none; if you cannot attend weekends, tick none and add a comment with a better time for you. When we know numbers, we’ll arrange session dates for your to choose.

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