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thousands brave icy barry island sea

Brave swimmers jumped into 2020 by taking part in the Barry Island New Year’s Day Dip!


For the 36th year running, thousands of people blew out the cobwebs of 2019 by joining the New Year’s Day Dip at Barry Island.

With temperatures at just seven degrees, over 2,000 people gathered along the Welsh coast on the first day of the year to take a dip in the sea to raise much-needed funds for life-limited children and their families here at Tŷ Hafan.

dip in the ocean

For the second year, Tŷ Hafan took on the event, having being handed the reins by Barry man and lifeguard, Rob Salter, who founded the event 36 years ago. The event has since grown in fame and popularity and now thousands of people brave the chilly channel waters annually on 1 January, many still following with the usual ‘rules’ – run in, dunk three times and run out, then repeat two more times!

Event manager, Jodie Harris, said:


“We feel so privileged to be able to run this fantastic event for the second year running.
“This is up there as one of the biggest dips we’ve seen, having reached our 2,000 registration capacity the day before the event.”

Before jumping in the water, dippers took part in a warm up provided by Barry-based Cardio Core Fitness, and were watched over by the Whitmore Bay Lifeguards who were on hand to provide first aid.


Jodie added:

“It was wonderful to see so many people jump into 2020 with the Barry Island dip.
”It costs over £4.4million each year to run our hospice, providing round the clock specialist care 365 days a year and to deliver our broad community programmes. We simply couldn’t provide our lifeline services without the kindness and generosity of people like those taking part in the dip. We are hugely grateful to them”.