Welcome to 30 Bays in 30 Days
In 2016, we launched a new fundraising initiative in Jersey, called 30 Bays in 30 Days – and what a great success it was!
We are delighted to confirm that the event will be held again this year and we hope that as many people as possible will register to swim a minimum of 30 strokes in 30 bays from the list below. It all takes place between 1 and 31 July. So, pick your favourite 30 Bays from the list below or if you want an extra challenge swim them all, the choice is yours. Don’t worry if you can’t fit it all in during July – please carry on swimming in August so you can tick those bays off your list.
There will be organised swims to open and close the month long event for everyone who registers. We would encourage everyone to come along and get involved in the group swims; it’s guaranteed to be a great atmosphere. We’re also planning a get together mid month - the perfect opportunity to meet up with your fellow swimmers to swap stories. Keep an eye on our social media pages for more information.
Between the group swims, you are free to swim the bays in whichever order you like, whenever you like between 1 and 31 July. If you’re going to be off the Island or life is just too busy, then you can swim in more than one bay on the days that you have more time; it can be as flexible as you need it to be. If you aren’t a strong swimmer, you’ll be relieved to hear that you only have to swim a minimum of 30 strokes in each bay, not the whole thing so please sign up.
New for this year, we are introducing a new concept for teams of six people (including children). All you need to do is register as individuals (please go to the “How?” section for more information) then you can complete the challenge of ticking the 30 Bays off between you in whichever way works best for you. For some it may mean that a core of the team swims in every bay and is occasionally joined by other members, or, it could be that you split the bays between you and swim five bays each. You choose! This is designed to be completely flexible for those that don’t have the time to complete the whole challenge individually and will hopefully provide inspiration and the opportunity to still get involved.
Maybe make an afternoon of walking from bay to bay to tick a few off or plan a couple of coastal swims with friends or family, followed by a picnic or BBQ? It’s all about creating great memories and enjoying the summer fun.
We are fortunate to live on a beautiful island with many lovely beaches. Please remember to only leave footprints after your swims, to help keep the beaches and bays looking this way.
We are lucky to have so many amazing places to swim off Jersey, although some places may present a challenge to get to. If you would like to get involved, but think that you will be unable to swim at every bay on the list, you are free to choose which bays work for you, to complete 30 swims at those to complete the challenge.
Bonne Nuit Bay
Greve de Lecq
Havre Des Pas and Lido Bathing Pool
St Aubin’s Bay (La Haule)
St Brelade’s Bay - group swims
St Catherine’s (Breakwater slip)
St Ouen’s Bay (Watersplash)
St Ouen’s Bay (L’ Etacq)
St Ouen’s Bay (Le Braye)
St Ouen's Bay (Sands - formerly Big Verns)
St Ouen's Bay (Corbiere End)
The whole concept celebrates the fact that we are lucky enough to have so many amazing places to go sea swimming, so please try to stick with the spirit of the challenge by not wearing wet-suits. Please don’t let this put you off from signing up to the event though, as we would much rather you were able to join in and enjoy the experience, than miss out. If you are feeling brave on a warm day, you could always try a few swims without the wet-suit. Hopefully, the sea will be getting warmer by July!
WHERE ARE THEY?
If you haven’t heard of some of these bays before or want to remind yourself how to get to them, we’ve written a little booklet. It includes a map with a rough location for the bays, a description of what they’re like and if they have any facilities nearby (such as refreshments and toilets). Just print it off as a booklet and tick off those bays throughout the month.
Visit Jersey also offer a guide to some of the beaches : Jersey beach guide link from Visit Jersey
WHEN IS BEST TO SWIM WHERE?
Some of the bays are equally enjoyable to swim at any time of day or state of tide, but others definitely have an optimum tide to experience it at its best.
WIN A GO PRO COMPETITION!
We've teamed up with http://bookjersey.co/ to create a photo/video gallery for this year’s 30 Bays in 30 Days event. Simply submit your photos or video to email@example.com and they will publish the best ones.
At the end of 30 days, we will announce a winner who gets a brand new GoPro kindly donated by our friends at Powerhouse.je at Jersey Electricity.
Photos or videos can be taken with GoPros or cameras/ smartphones but should be either of the bays and swimmers or taken from the water by the swimmers themselves.
The aim of getting everyone together is to show support for the event but more importantly so that you get to see who else is getting involved as you might bump into them during the month of July! It will also mean that on the days when you may not have anyone to swim with, you can get hold of someone you know who has signed up or you can put a shout out though our social media pages for a swim buddy.
This is a great charity fundraiser and we would encourage you to take selfies and use social media to tell people about the challenge. We will also take group photos for publicity in which you are welcome to take part if you wish. These may be used for present or future promotion and marketing.
The opening swim takes place on Sunday 30 June, at St Brelade’s Bay. Registration opens at 09:30 and the klaxon will sound at 10:00 to signal the first swim of the challenge.
As well as being able to meet up with fellow swimmers, you will be handed your fab swimming hat, kindly proved by our sponsor Network Insurance & Financial Planning. To make it easier for the lifeguards to spot you, we ask that you all wear the logo’d swimming hat to these group swims. This will be yours to keep so please remember to bring it along to the last group swim and feel free to wear throughout the event.
This year, we're excited to be giving out special 30 bays in 30 Days festival wristbands to everyone coming along to the opening swim.
Safety cover will be provided by Le Mourier Swim/Sea/Save and RNLI Lifeguards.
The celebration swim takes place at 18:00 on Wednesday 31 July, also at St Brelade’s Bay. This is an opportunity to celebrate completing the challenge and sharing experiences with fellow swimmers. We'll be there from 17:30, to collect any sponsorship money, ready to signal the final swim at 18:00.
Last year, over 100 people came along to the swims, which made for a fantastic atmosphere.
Don't worry if you haven't finished your 30 bays when we get together again on 31 July - feel free to carry on in August.
Where your money will go
Jersey Hospice Care and The National Trust for Jersey are delighted to be working together to co-ordinate the 30 Bays in 30 Days initiative.
With the ever increasing number of charities competing for the same funds, as well as an abundance of physical challenges and events taking place, we decided to work together to raise awareness of our charities and encourage islanders to get involved with fundraising and, at the same time, encourage the benefits of sea swimming.
Jersey Hospice Care
Many people think that hospices are places of sadness focused on death and dying. In fact our focus is on living and living well right up to the end, making memories and spending time with your family.
Our care is about so much more than the specialist palliative treatment of a person’s physical symptoms. It’s a total philosophy of care, offering spiritual and emotional support that extends to family members and carers. For each person we are privileged to care for, we only get one chance at the end of life to get it right and that’s why we strive every day to go that extra mile for our patients and their families, to make extraordinary care our ‘ordinary’. Helping each person we care for, to get the best out of every day and to make each day count.
We couldn’t do this without the generosity of our local community and the support of our amazing volunteers.
In 2019 we launched our out-reach service for babies, children and young people with a life-limited condition. This included our Tots & Toys group for babies and children up to five years old. This service is in addition to our Emotional Support service for children and young people and their families, which we started in 2017.
The National Trust for Jersey
The National Trust for Jersey is an independent charitable organisation, which permanently protects and cares for over 1,700 vergées of land, 19,000 metres of footpath and 30 historic buildings for the benefit of the Island. Established in 1936, the Trust is totally self-funding; it currently costs £2,500 per day to run the organisation.
With a small staff of 17 employees, the Trust not only maintains and manages its estate, but is also a key part of the Island’s cultural life. Every year, it organises an extensive range of family events, including Sunset Concerts, Black Butter making and educational activities, such as Bug Safaris and Rockpool Rambles.
We are delighted to help arrange the 30 Bays in 30 Days fundraiser with Jersey Hospice Care and hope that this event will reinforce the beauty of Jersey’s Coastline and why it is in everyone’s interest to try and protect it.
- A fun and different way of making the most of living on our beautiful island of Jersey.
- The feeling of having achieved something in the summer rather than it just flying by.
- Sea swimming has proven benefits for mental health and wellbeing.
- Visiting new places you’ve never been to before or haven’t visited for years.
- Sea swimming makes you feel alive and loving life!
- Supporting to great local charities
- The challenge runs between Sunday 1 July and Tuesday 31 July. It would really help the organisation of the event if you could register as soon as possible; ideally before the opening swim on Sunday 30 June (see the How? Section for details). Registrations will be accepted at the first group swim, but it may get busy, so it is recommend that you register in advance.
- Swim before work, lunchtimes, daytime, after work, before a picnic tea, by moonlight ... basically anytime you can fit it in. Be organised with your swim stuff, keep it in the car or in your ruck sack, and within the time it would have taken you to make and drink a cuppa you will have ticked another bay swim off the list.
- Every swim will be different depending on the tides, weather, who you’re with, time of day ... the list goes on. So what are you waiting for – jump in this July
To register to swim 30 Bays in 30 Days, you can either register online or download a registration form. This should be completed and returned to Jersey Hospice Care, with your cheque, made payable to Jersey Hospice Care Fundraising Limited.
The cost for taking part is:
£12 per adult and £6 if under 18
Family registration £30 (Max 5)
Corporate Registration £60 (Team of 5)
The Serious Bit
Enjoy and please spread the good word!
If you have any queries or feedback on the event, please do not hesitate to get in contact:
Email : firstname.lastname@example.org
If you would like to find out more about the two benefiting charities, please see contact details below:
BEACH SAFETY & TIDETABLE
Beach Restrictions For Dogs
Dealing with a Weaver Fish sting
Weaver Fish are normally found around the low tide mark. These small fish raise sharp needles on their backs in self-defence if trodden on and these can be extremely painful. Place the affected area in water as hot as you can stand. Test the water first so as not to scald the person who has been stung.
Dealing with a Jellyfish sting
RNLI – Beach safety advice
Link to RNLI Beach Safety Guide
A big thanks to
Liz Stonebridge who created this event in Guernsey and was happy to share this initiative with us here in Jersey
The Potting Shed – Ed Prow
Fuse2 – Tim Gaudion
Network Insurance & Financial Planning – Oliver Goater
Mitchell Building Contractors
Jersey Aquatic Rescue Club – Mark Morrison
Le Mourier Swim/Sea/Save – Malcolm Parris