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Prize Winners announced

The winners of the Scuba Santas 2009 prize draw have been announced. Entries were made by making a donation to the RNLI via Scuba Santas and leaving us your contact details.

Winners have now been emailed and prizes should be send out within the next few days. Fingers crossed all!

Scuba Santas is a unique world record holding event held each year close to Christmas. The record currently stands at 158 scuba divers. For the past 3 years the event has been held Vobster Quay Inland Diving Centre, who are very generous in their time and effort in helping the Scuba Santas event. Scuba Santas is organised to raise money for RNLI Crew Training and to help all of their great work. For further information and corporate sponsorship opportunities please do not hesitate to get in touch via our contact us page.

Scuba Santas on DiverNet

Divenet a UK diving magazine have written an online article about the Scuba Santas 2009 World Record event.

To see the article please visit - Scuba Santas raise money for the RNLI

Scuba Santas is a unique World record holding event held each year and organised by members of the Yorkshire Divers diving club. The official website of scuba santas is http://d2587961.u189.pipeten.co.uk. The 2009 event will be hold at Vobster Quay and will feature a world record breaking 100+ divers. Please contact us for more information.

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Scuba Santas break the £7,000 mark

Scuba Santas has now raised over £7,000 in donations for their new world record held at Vobster Quay on the 20th December 2009.

This is well over our expected target and donations continue to roll in, please keep donating to help the RNLI.

Remember donate before the 28th December and you will automatically be included in our

Scuba Santas is a unique World record holding event held each year and organised by members of the Yorkshire Divers diving club. The official website of scuba santas is http://d2587961.u189.pipeten.co.uk. The 2009 event will be hold at Vobster Quay and will feature a world record breaking 100+ divers. Please contact us for more information.

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Santa swaps sleigh for scuba gear to raise money for the RNLI

Date: 21/12/2009

Author: Isla Reynolds, Public Relations Officer

Divers from the Phoenix Divers get in the festive mood to raise money for the RNLI  (Credit Gareth Lock)Father Christmas ditched the reindeer and swapped his sleigh for a pair of flippers and some scuba gear – at least that’s what it looked like when divers at an inland dive site in Somerset took the plunge to raise money for the Royal National Lifeboat Institution on Sunday 20 December.

Over 150 divers, including a group from Billericay, Essex, gathered at Vobster Quay near Frome to attempt a world record for the greatest number of simultaneous scuba diving Santas. The underwater challenge aims to raise money for the RNLI’s biggest annual fundraising day, SOS Day on Friday 29 January 2010 and will be spent on crew training.

Gareth Lock was one of the158 divers who donned Father Christmas costumes and braved sub-zero temperatures to take part in the event. He said: ‘It was an amazing sight to see nearly 160 divers dressed in Santa costumes getting ready to jump into freezing water to raise money for the RNLI.’

Gareth said the event had already raised £658 from the raffle and the group looked set to meet their target of £5000 for the RNLI once all the donations were counted. One dive club, Phoenix Divers from Billericay, Essex, raised £2000 alone and more donations are coming in via the JustGiving website. If the divers do reach their target, Vobster Quay will donate a further £1000 to the charity that saves lives at sea.

Over the last three years the festive gathering has gathered momentum. In 2007 eight Santas, a Viking, a snowman, and a fairy all came together to raise money for the RNLI and last year was even bigger with 84 scuba diving Santas.

Lloyd Watkin of the Yorkshire Divers Group who led the challenge said: ‘We’ve been raising money for the RNLI for a number of years. The lifesaving work the volunteer crews do every day of the year is just amazing and as scuba divers we will never know when we might need to call upon them ourselves.’

Frances Warren, RNLI Area Fundraising Manager for Bristol, Gloucester, North Somerset and Wiltshire said: ‘Traditionally fundraising events for SOS Day take their inspiration from the SOS acronym. Last year in the south west, RNLI supporters invited people to Sup Our Soup, Scoff Our Scones and Sample Our Savouries. Away from the food theme, Stroll On Sundays were organised; SOS quizzes were held and supermarkets arranged SOS collections.

‘However this is a truly unique event and is sure to capture people’s imagination. Our volunteer lifeboat crews and lifeguards are ready to go to sea at a moment’s notice to aid people in distress but our vital maritime emergency service is funded entirely through public donations and legacies. SOS Day, the RNLI’s biggest annual fundraising day helps ensure we can keep that service running.’

The RNLI’s SOS Day website (www.rnli.org.uk/sos) is packed with fundraising ideas and links to an events calendar, photographs from previous SOS Day events and fundraising materials, among others.

Notes to Editors

  • Photo captions:
  • Scuba Santas 1 – Divers from the Phoenix Divers get in the festive mood to raise money for the RNLI (please credit Gareth Lock).
  • Scuba Santas 2 – Cold temperatures didn’t deter divers (from left to right) Debby Richardson, Barrie Witterick and Vicky Rothwell from Phoenix Divers raising money for the RNLI (please credit Jason Brown).
  • Scuba Santas 3 – Divers in Father Christmas costumes get ready to take the plunge to raise money for the RNLI (please credit Jason Brown).
  • Details of how people can donate are on the Scuba Santas’ website www.scuba-santas.co.uk.
  • Next year’s Scuba Santa event is already planned for Sunday 19 December 2010.

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Key facts about the RNLI: The RNLI is the charity that saves lives at sea. Its volunteers provide a 24-hour search and rescue service around the United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland coasts. The RNLI operates over 230 lifeboat stations in the UK and Ireland and has more than 140 lifeguard units on beaches around the UK. The RNLI is independent of Coastguard and government and depends on voluntary donations and legacies to maintain its rescue service. Since the RNLI was founded in 1824 its lifeboat crews and lifeguards have saved over 137,000 lives.

Visit the RNLI’s official YouTube channel for more films and follow our rescue stories on Twitter.

A charity registered in England and Wales (209603) and Scotland (SC037736). Charity number CHY 2678 in the Republic of Ireland.

Mask Missing from Scuba Santas Event

On Sunday 20th Dec during the Scuba Santa’s event at Vobster Quarry, an Atomic Frameless Clear Mask was left on the benches under the temporary marquee by a diver exiting the water at approximately 11am. 20 minutes later the mask had been taken by another diver.

The mask has a black neoprene strap cover with ‘SubAquaholics’ printed in large writing. The owner of the mask would very much like to get it back and a reward may be applicable, please contact ash@a-hall.com if you have any information or spotted someone taking the mask. Full confidentially will be granted for any information. Many thanks.

Please if you have any information Scuba Santas encourages you to get in touch, this type of thing goes against the nature of the event and the UK diving community in general. If you wish to get in touch via Scuba Santas we are happy to pass your message on anonymously also.

Scuba Santas on BBC Radio Somerset

Just to let all you guys know that Scuba Santas will be appearing LIVE on BBC Somerset Radio @ 8:35am on Saturday 19th December 2009. Tune in and let us know what you think.

Scuba Santas is a unique World record holding event held each year and organised by members of the Yorkshire Divers diving club. The official website of scuba santas is http://d2587961.u189.pipeten.co.uk.  The 2009 event will be hold at Vobster Quay and will feature a world record breaking 100+ divers. Please contact us for more information.

Scuba Santas 2009 Official Programme Released

Timings for Scuba Santas 2009 have been releasd. Please see the link below for more details:

Scuba Santas 2009 Programme

Scuba Santas is a unique World record holding event held each year and organised by members of the Yorkshire Divers diving club. The official website of scuba santas is http://d2587961.u189.pipeten.co.uk.  The 2009 event will be hold at Vobster Quay and will feature a world record breaking 100+ divers. Please contact us for more information.

Soggy Santas send SOS from seabed for RNLI

This is the Press Release (PR) sent out by the RNLI on the 17th December 2009 about the Scuba Santas event

Father Christmas has ditched the reindeer and swapped his sleigh for a pair of flippers and some scuba gear – at least that’s what it will look like when divers at an inland dive site in Somerset take the plunge to raise money for the Royal National Lifeboat Association.
Over 150 divers will gather at Vobster Quay to attempt a world record for the largest number of simultaneous scuba diving Santas. The underwater challenge aims to raise money for the RNLI’s biggest annual fundraising day, SOS Day on Friday 29 January 2010.

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Scuba Santas on Yorkshire Radio

Just to let you know that we’ve uploaded Scuba Santas on Yorkshire radio’s breakfast show  to youtube… enjoy…

Companies are donating gifts to Scuba Santas thick and fast and numbers are looking great for Scuba  Santas on the 20th December 2009 at Vobster Quay, Somerset.

Scuba Santas is a unique World record holding event held each year and organised by members of the Yorkshire Divers diving club. The official website of scuba santas is http://d2587961.u189.pipeten.co.uk.  The 2009 event will be hold at Vobster Quay and will feature a world record breaking 100+ divers. Please contact us for more information.

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