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ARE YOUR READY FOR
VOBSTER SANTAS 2017?
Make sure you're prepared for Vobster Santas 2017
by reading this handy guide!
TIME SCHEDULE
08:00 Gates Open
08:30 RNLI event registration opens
10:00 Dive kit assembled and all divers in Santa suits
10:30 Dive brief on the Quayside
10:35 Group photo on the Quayside
10:45 All Santa divers enter water - enjoy your dive!
13:30 Prize draw raffle is drawn
Thank you for registering for Vobster Santas 2017. We're just a few days away now so we're sending you this email to help you prepare for the big day.

Vobster Santas is always a popular event and it does take time to get everyone through the gates, signed in, parked and kitted up so we advise you to arrive early. The gates open at 8:00am - you can get through the gates faster by printing out and completing a sign in form before you arrive.

The full schedule for the day is presented above. Please do not enter the water before the designated time - in order to qualify for the record attempt, all divers must enter the water at the same time! Event marshalls will be on hand to count you into the water.

Of course Vobster Santas isn't just for divers - we love to see all you swimmers joining in too! Please just ensure you follow our cold water swimming guidelines and stay safe!

Not able to make it after all? Why not make a donation yourself via our JustGiving page.

DEPOSIT YOUR SPONSORSHIP MONEY
If you've already collected your sponsorship money, please bring this along with you on the day and hand it in to a member of staff in the Vobster shop in a sealed envelope. Payment can be made either in cash or by cheque. If you plan to pay by cheque, please make the cheque payable to The Royal National Lifeboat Institution.
STILL FUNDRAISING?
There's still plenty of time to raise more sponsorship money, even after the event - your friends and family can show their admiration for your fine efforts by making a donation via our JustGiving page.

WIN GREAT PRIZES!
Once again, we'll be running our ever-popular prize draw raffle in aid of the Dorset & Somerset Air Ambulance - it's your opportunity to bag some great prizes from Kent Tooling, Apeks, Aqualung UK, Otter Drysuits, Light For Me, Human in the System plus others and raise even more money for the Air Ambulance.

Tickets cost just £1 and will be available to buy on the day with the draw itself taking place at 1pm. Every single pound raised will go direct to the Air Ambulance so give generously!
IMPORTANT! MAKE YOUR SANTA SUIT 'DIVE READY'
We have our suspicions that Santa Claus isn't a diver - if he is, he would have made his suit far more suited to submersion. To help you prepare for Vobster Santas, here's a handy guide to making your Santa suit 'dive ready'...

  • CUT A DUMP VALVE HOLE
    If you're diving in a drysuit under your Santa outfit then we strongly recommend that you cut a hole in the arm of your Santa suit to allow your drysuit dump valve to function.
  • KEEP YOUR HAT ON!
    One of the biggest challenges of being a Santa diver is preventing your Santa hat from floating off your head underwater. We recommend either attaching a length of bungee cord or simply staple your Santa hat to your dive hood.
  • BEARD MANAGEMENT
    Similarly, make sure your fluffy beard doesn't obstruct your regulator 2nd stage. Safety at all times - you've gotta breathe, after all!
  • DISPOSING OF YOUR SUIT
    Santa suit a bit worse for wear post dive? Please bring along a bin-liner and bag up the remains of your soggy Santa suit for disposal at home. Please do not dispose of your suit in the onsite bins at Vobster Quay.
  • REMEMBER TO HAVE FUN!
    Vobster Santas is all about having fun! Don't get stressed if your beard won't stay on or your pantaloons make your bum look big. We all look ridiculous so just enjoy it!
WE WANT TO SEE
YOUR PHOTOS & VIDEOS!
Planning to bring a camera to Vobster Santas? If so, we'd love to see all your photos and video from the day! Post them to our Facebook page and use the hashtag #vobstersantas - the best photos will be featured in our next newsletter.
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