Another successful scuba santas event took place at Vobster Quay, Somerset on the 20th December 2008. The size of the event this year has ballooned from the original 12 members to a car park busting 78+ scuba santas. That’s over 6 times bigger than last years event! The event now in its second year is organised by members of the popular online diving forum Yorkshire Divers. The event is held in order to raise funds for the RNLI and to spread lots of Christmas cheer! Unfortunately this year we weren’t considered for a Guinness World Record but but given the additional media attention received next year is sure to start the scuba santa world record.
The first event took place in 2007 with a small group of divers dressing up and raising a small amount of money for charity, with additional advertising and a bit of experience the event held this year was much larger. The scuba santas event in 2009 should easily break the 100 scuba santas barrier and hopefully provide us with a world record for what is a unique event.
The day started around 10am after getting everyone into the lower car park at Vobster Quay. Journalists from both ITV West and the BBC attended to take interviews and get plenty of images for their respective editions of the early evening news. The BBC website article can be seen here, whilst the two videos taken can be seen below:
In total over Â£1,000 was raised for the RNLI with a substantial donation from Vobster Quay from the divers entry fees. At this point we’d like to thank Vobster Quay for hosting the event and for being so helpful in helping the day to run smoothly.
More images can be seen here -Scuba Santas 2008 Photos - if you have any images taken on the day please contact us to get them added to the gallery!
See you next year!
Lloyd Watkin – Event Organiser