Event Information

Winter Solstice Nude Charity Swim

Background

The 2nd Winter Solstice Nude Charity Swim is organised by the Williams Crossing Bicycle Club (WCBC) and is supported by the Lions Club, Tuggeranong (Canberra), The Green Shed and the Old Canberra Inn.

The Winter Solstice Nude Charity Swim (WSNCS) is a fund raiser for the Love Your Sister charity, the Lifeline charity and remembers Evan Lindeman, Connie Johnson and Steve Wright. At exactly Sunrise, on the shortest day of the year, a group of swimmers donate to charity so they can drop their towels to swim nude in the frigid waters of Lake Burley Griffin in Canberra.

Participants can swim either 1 metre or up to 50 metres. However, the only rule is that participants must fully immerse themselves. The water temperature is usually a low 10 degrees so we ask participants to exercise extreme caution.

After the swim, a sausage sizzle and coffee is provided by the Lions Club of Tuggeranong.

Entry Donation

A $30 non-refundable donation to either charity, your choice, is to be paid at the time of on-line registration.

Where

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

The National Capital Authority advise that Yarralumla Beach has a generous beach, designated swimming enclosure with swimming platforms, ample free parking, toilets and barbeques and is 15 minutes from the city centre of Canberra.

When

Thursday 21 June, 2018. Check-in 06:20-06:50. Safety Brief at 07:05 and actual swim at 07:12.

Registration

All participants MUST pre-register on-line. Due to insurance difficulties, you will not be allowed to participate if you have not completed the on-line 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 on Thursday 21 June.

Order of the Event

  • 06:45 Bagpiper begins - finishes 07:00
  • 06:50 Check in closes
  • 07:00 Welcome address
  • 07:05 Safety Brief by Broulee Surf Life Savers
  • 07:09 Bagpiper begins – finishes 0711 exactly
  • 07:11 Whistle blown for 1 minute warning
  • 07:12 (exactly) air horn sounded for participants to enter the water
  • 07:13 All participants out of the water
  • 07:15 Sausage sizzle and coffee
  • 07:45 Off to work
  • 16:15 Reminisce at the Old Canberra Inn, Mouat St, Lyneham.

OH&S

Life Savers from the Broulee SLSC will be on skis patrolling the swimming zone. If you encounter any difficulty please raise your arm.

St John 1st Aid Volunteers will also be in attendance and will be found near the check in desks.

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

Spectators

Spectators are not welcome ….. we repeat, SPECATATORS ARE NOT WECOME

Swimming Kit

You will be provided when “checking in” with a returnable towel and hopefully a non-returnable swimming cap. We STRONGLY recommend that you bring with you a pair of “reef shoes” or old light sneakers and wear them when you swim as the beach sand base is uneven and rocky. We also RECOMMEND you bring with you a blanket that you can wrap around you before and after the swim.

Clothing

We recommend you wear “trackie daks” (sic) or similar; warm top, beanie and Ugg boots as a minimum. Your feet get the coldest. Don’t forget the reef shoes and the blanket…!

Changing Facilities / Toilets

Temporary Male and Female change rooms of screened hessian will be erected close to the beach.

There is a toilet block in the parking area close to the check in desks.

These facilities are basic and we ask for your understanding.

Parking

We are unsure how many participants will attend. However, there is parking for 150 vehicles and we suggest you arrive early. The Lions Club of Tuggeranong will assist with marshalling participants to the check in desks.

Post Swim Event

The Old Canberra Inn is co-sponsoring the event. Post swim deliberations / celebrations will commence at 1615 at the Old Canberra Inn, Mouat St Lyneham. Please join us, but, drink responsibly.

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 that may affect their safe ability to participate.

Not have a blood alcohol level exceeding 0.05%.

Accept the Organiser’s exclude all liability (including negligence) for any personal injury, loss, damage and or theft.

Note that the Organiser’s will discourage spectators, but as a public domain, there can be no guarantee that they will not be present.

Give permission for the Organiser’s and Media to photograph the event for promotional purposes and that every effort will be made to protect the identity of participants.