O.S.S. December Dip, London, Great Britain

Saturday, 4 December, 2010 - 09:00 to 12:00

OSS December Dip 2010
Saturday 4th December 2010
60 metres

The OSS December Dip - on the first Saturday of every December - is now gaining something of a cult following, with 240 swimmers last year.
It's back for 2010, with some brilliant speakers, a hot tub, cold plunge, ginger wine & mingling, and the kind of good time you can lunch off for at least the rest of the day.  Buy your tickets now!!
2009: Read all about it at the Independent on Sunday, see the uncut pics on Flicker and Facebook, and watch it on Youtube. See 2008 here.
Come join fellow fruticakes for the first dip of the festive season, a crazy funny social plunge into the icy waters of Parliament Hill lido on the first weekend of December, followed by mince pies, a hot tub and general merry making.
We hope to be able to confirm the speaker soon, but it's looking good! They will follow previous talks by poet and swimmer Owen Sheers, adventurer Ben Fogle, Lewis Gordon Pugh (first person to swim in both poles) and Cassie Patten (Olympic open water swimmer).
After the daydreams, come the cold, harsh part, and we will have a second guest to psych us up and count us into water so cold it'll drive your testicles into your throat. (Swimming is not compulsory by any means, but you'll be entering a weird world where you'll feel as if you're missing out if you don't, so bring your cossie just in case. We promise you this: there is no natural way to feel any higher).
To see exactly what kind of endorphin rush the December Dip gives you, watch 2009 and 2008 event on Youtube
The event is a fundraiser, tickets costs £15 and include a special festive Christmas OSS hat, mince pies and tea and coffee. Please do bring homebaked treats, hip flasks and thermoses of hot chocolate or mulled wine (for afterwards) to share. (Plus a cheque book or cash if you'd like to buy signed copies of Wild Swim or OSS hats or hoodies.)
All swimmers attempt 2 widths of the lido (60 metres), with some aiming for 4 and 6, and the occasional frigidly gifted person managing a few more. We're not doctors but our guess is jumping into algid water is not suitable for anyone with a heart condition, or, perhaps, asthma.
So do come and bring a friend. Swimming is not obligatory, and neither is doing it in bikini/trunks (but it is a large part of the fun. We haven't had a wetsuit yet), but all attendees must pay the entrance fee.
VOLUNTEERS: 10 volunteers are needed on the day to serve the provisions, and a few people to take on roles in the run up to the event. Please email Jo Chappel via info@outdoorswimmingsociety.com if you can help, labelling your email For Jo Chappel/ OSS Dec Dip. (Volunteers must commit to any role they take and turn up, and will not pay entry). If you have anything else you can add to the occasion, like decorating, carol singing or the organization of a fund-raising raffle, please do let us know. We really need help!
WHEN: Saturday 4th December, 10am - 1pm (TBC). Please arrive promptly as the event will start with our speakers (10.20am TBC).
WHERE: Parliament Hill Lido, Highgate Road, London, NW5 1QR. See map. The lido is near Hampstead Heath, and right next to Gospel Oak Silverlink station. Closest tubes are Chalk Farm and Hampstead, both of which are about a 15 minute walk. The lido has a pay and display car park.
WHY: Because life doesn't get much better than you'll feel afterwards. 
LUNCH: Last year people who met at the event got together for lunch at the Bull and Last pub. This year we're naming it as the place to go if you want to carry on, and fully recommend prebooking tables if you want to eat. 168 Highgate Road, London NW5 1. Tel 020 72678955
GETTING IN TOUCH WITH OTHER PARTY GOERS: Use OSS Facebook if you want to discuss lifts, carol singing, raffles, lunch or what is better in hot chocolate, rum or brandy, with other members.
REGISTER: You must register and pay online to attend this event. Sign up as a member to pay.
BRING: Courage, a pair of bathers, a woolly hat, warm clothes for afterwards - and perhaps a few friends who have never tried it (they can always hold your towel).
CHILDREN: Are welcome. Child tickets are £10. Under 2s are free (but won't receive the novelty swimming hat).