Not long to go to take the plunge in 30 bays in 30 days

There are just two weeks to go until islanders take to the sea for the first of their 30 Bays in 30 Days swims.

30 Bays in 30 Days is an established, popular charity challenge in the island’s calendar, raising money for The National Trust for Jersey and Jersey Hospice Care.

Throughout the month, the challenge offers a fantastic opportunity to re-visit old family favourites, or discover new hidden treasures. Dips can be taken anytime; before work, a lunchtime dip, or a cooling swim at the end of the day. Swimmers can also go to more than one bay in a day to fit them all in – we’re told that some swimmers are attempting to do all 30 bays in one day!

The first of the group swims will take place at St Brelade’s Bay at 10.30 on Sunday 1 July. Everyone is welcome to come down to the beach, register, pick up their new swimming hats and meet their fellow swimmers. Safety cover will be provided by Le Mourier Swim/Sea/Save, in conjunction with the RNLI Lifeguards, until 11.00.

Steven Hunt, Fundraising Chairman at Jersey Hospice Care, said, ‘You can’t beat spending time on the beach and going for a sea swim as a great way to relax. This challenge celebrates how lucky we are to have so many amazing places to go swimming. Those taking part can experience a fun way of making the most of living in our beautiful island, feel that they have achieved something this summer and visit bays they have never swum in before or haven’t visited since childhood!

‘I would encourage everyone to take part, enjoy the benefits for themselves and support two local charities in the process.’

Charles Alluto, Chief Executive for The National Trust for Jersey, added, ‘We hope as many people as possible will take part and enjoy our 30 Bays in 30 Days challenge. Please do not be put off if you think you cannot complete the challenge in July; we encourage you to continue in August or just swim in your favourite bay as many times as you can.

‘All money raised will be split equally between Jersey Hospice Care and the National Trust for Jersey and will help in The Trust’s pledge to permanently safeguard a further 1000 vergées of unspoilt coastline forever and for everyone. Please help us to keep Jersey the special place it is.’

There is still time to register. Swimmers can also register at the opening swim and throughout the month of July.

The event is generously supported by Network Insurance & Financial Planning, The Potting Shed and Fuse 2.