Occasionally I get asked to blog about something particular; not very often, but it does happen. These are are the posts I fail to write. Today I aim to abolish that trend, and actually do as I'm told; plus, the request came about 6 months ago from my back-mount-side-mount friend Trudy. Trudy was kind enough to allow me to interview her, and subsequently, i feel guilty. Hi Trudy; sorry Trudy.
So, what was i asked to do you inquire? Not much; hence why it took me so long to write this. Hey; I'm a busy guy ... honest!
I jest, this is more of an infomercial type thing, rather than my regular rambling nonsense. This post is about SCUBA SANTA'S! It's a very exciting thing that happens around the world (I'm sure), involving attempting to drown Santa in a quarry. Unfortunately I've never been able to attend said event, due to geographical constraints of the sea between my house and Vobster Quarry. Sorta...
What's a scuba Santa?
I appreciate, as yet, this post has done nothing to clarify what SCUBA SANTA'S is all about, but it doesn't really involve drowning Santa; mainly because he's immortal.
The important bits:
- A load of divers dress up as Santa and go diving in Vobster quarry 15th Dec.
- Every diver is sponsored by; family they never speak to, and work colleagues who begrudge the fact that the first person on the sponsor sheet gave a tenner.
- All the money raised goes to the Royal National Lifeboat Institute.
What's an RNLI?
If you've never heard of the RNLI guys; they rock.
Its volunteer lifeboat crews rescue an average of 22 people every day, and RNLI lifeguards provide a seasonal lifeguard service on selected beaches. The RNLI is independent from Government and relies on donations from muppet divers dressed as Santa, and the like.
What can I do?
- Go do it:
- Give money:
You can donate money via the interweb. 'Just Giving' has a page specially for it here.
- Did I mention you can can win stuff?:
There are a ton of prizes to be won too. Every sponsored diver gets entered into a prize raffle; tickets may also be purchased for £1 at Vobster Quay. A list of what's up for grabs is here.
There you have it; the perfect excuse to dress up as Mr Claus and jump into a freezing cold, green(ish) quarry, the week before Christmas; guaranteeing the lurgy at the time of your turkey dinner.
For those who are attending - have fun; for those like me, who can't - go give money.
If any of you do make it, please post the photos on the iarediver Facebook page; I'd love to see them!
Happy Christmas diving folks!