New Years Day Dip

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9:30 am Registration

We are limiting numbers this year so Please book your slot here online to secure a space.

£10 Entry fee donation

Consent forms must be filled out and either email it back to beach@lochinsh.co.uk or bring it in the morning of the 1st to hand in to registration on the beach front.


10:00 am Dip

Don't forget its for a good cause!

This Year we will be raising funds for towards the completion of Forces Manor who are building a dedicated forces respite centre for serving soldiers, veterans and their families.

Takeaway Food

The Boathouse Restaurant will be open for takeaway Breakfast Rolls and Hot Drinks from 10am-11am.

If you wish to eat or drink inside you must pre book a table between 10am and 11am.
We are fully booked onsite and because of this we are only open inside to our resident guests before this time.


Please Park for the Loony Dook in the overflow car park up the hill, Parking at the centre is restricted to anyone with disabled badges and people on activities. Please leave time for the 5 minute walk down to the centre from the overflow field.

Water Safety Advice

Please consult with your doctor if you suffer with any pre medical conditions before signing up. Please do not take part if you are not feeling 100% well and if in doubt, seek medical advice from a doctor.

The event is not suitable for those who might be adversely affected by the cold.

The particular physiological effects of cold water mean there are some conditions where you should either avoid a festive dip, or seek medical advice before
considering it:

If you suffer with any cardiovascular disease, Asthma or other respiratory conditions, Poorly-controlled hypertension (high blood pressure)

Cold water shock

Anything below 15 degrees Celsius is defined as cold water and can seriously affect your breathing and movement.

What happens?

Cold water shock causes the blood vessels in the skin to close, which increases the
resistance of blood flow. The heart rate is also increased. As a result the heart has to
work harder and your blood pressure goes up. Cold water shock can therefore cause
heart attacks, even in the relatively young and healthy.
The sudden cooling of the skin by cold water also causes an involuntary gasp for
breath. Breathing rates can change uncontrollably, sometimes increasing as much as tenfold. All these responses contribute to a feeling of panic, increasing the chance of inhaling water directly into the lungs. This can all happen very quickly

How can you minimise the risk?

Although you are aware that you are going to be entering cold water:
Check the conditions – have a change of clothes with you and a towel
Wear a wetsuit – if this is not possible, walk into the water slowly and stay shallow, this will allow your body time to acclimatise gradually


Do wear something on your feet to protect them from the cold and the uneven Loch Bed.
Do ensure you are warm before the swim. Remove your warm clothing at the
last minute (especially your shoes – you lose lots of heat into the ground).
Do go in feet first (not head first – you will involuntarily gasp when your body
hits the water, and you don’t want to be under it when this happens)
Do take special care to have your breathing under control before immersing your shoulders or swimming. Some people like to stand waist deep, put their
hands under the water, splash a little water on their cheeks, and wait for breathing to normalise. Others like to focus on the exhale, puffing air out, as they regularise their breathing.
Do have low expectations of how long you’ll be in for.
Do dry off and put on layers to keep you warm quickly. You may feel deceptively warm at this point, it is 10 minutes after exit that you’re at your coldest, so you want to wrap up warm and be warming up by then.
Do take more clothes for afterwards than before; - a hat, gloves, warm
socks/boots and a windproof layer if it’s exposed are all likely to be appreciated.
Do warm up slowly, do some gentle walking if you feel okay. Increase the
level of activity gradually if you wish, but stop if you feel unwell and sit down.
Do consider doing a few acclimatising dips in the days and weeks prior to the dip. Acclimatisation reduces the physiological effects of the first seconds to
minutes of entering cold water, and undertake quietly and safely.


Don’t take part if you have a fever.
Don’t take part if you have a chest infection or a cold.
Don’t jump or dive into deep water unless you know what you’re doing and are acclimated to that level of cold.
Don’t stay in too long – as soon as you feel comfortably warm in the water it’s time to leave!
Don’t have a hot shower or enter a hot room till you are comfortable, and certainly not while shivering. It’s okay to sit in a reasonably warm room. Hot baths and showers bring blood back to the freezing surface of your skin too quickly, chilling
your core. Better to warm up slowly from the inside out.
Whilst you will not be going out of your depth, there is still a risk of cold water shock.

Remember this is only a dip so you do not need to fully submerge yourself in
the water! We advise that you remain in the water for no longer than 5 minutes

Getting into trouble:

If you find yourself getting into trouble and are unable to touch the Loch bed then – relax and float on your back to catch your breath.

Cold water shock is a physiological response, which causes uncontrollable gasping. This increases the risk of you swallowing water and puts a strain on your heart – in extreme cases it can cause cardiac arrest. If you feel this happening to you, fight your instinct to thrash around
and swim hard, instead just lie back and float. When you have regained control of your breathing, you can then try swimming to safety or calling for help. There will be instructors covering safety for the event.

If you see someone else in trouble in the water, fight the instinct to go in yourself.

Please call for help from our Safety team.

If you have come out of the water and have any of the following then please visit our
First aid room at the beach under the balcony:
Minor cuts & grazes
Minor knocks or bumps
Nose bleeds
Feel faint
Minor numbness and pain from the cold water
Mild wheezing (breathing

There will also be Loch Insh staff members situated on the beach so please do see one of them if you require assistance.

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