Firstly, on behalf of the Happy Fish team, I would like to wish a Merry Christmas to one and all!

These 54 residents gathered at Mattapoisett Town Beach, located in the United States to partake in their 11th annual Christmas Day swim, hosted by Helping Hands and Hooves. Helping Hands and Hooves is a Mattapoisett non-profit organization which advocates hollistic health care. Can you imagine braving yourself on Christmas day itself, when it is snowing lightly, to jump into the chilly waters? Well, these residents did it all in the name of charity.

This is not uncommon to see in the USA, it is merely an example. There are many other states and towns that practice this tradition too. Yes, Christmas is a festive season for us to celebrate with family and friends. However, we also have to spare a thought for the less fortunate among us. We might have our fair share of turkey, ham, beef and wine on this joyous occasion. On the other hand, the less fortunate might be struggling for just a piece of bread daily. Therefore, while we continue to soak in the Christmas atmosphere, always bear in mind that there are others who aren’t as fortunate. After all, Christmas is the season of giving!

How do this 54 volunteers brave the cold? Well, the first and most important thing is that they have to be able to swim! Without the proper set of swimming skills, they wouldn’t be able to join in the event to raise funds. Secondly, they are required to have knowledge of the open waters. Always keep in mind that the open waters are unpredictable and without the proper set of skills, you might be overwhelmed by it.

Want to learn more about the open waters? Want to be prepared and armed with the necessary skills to overcome it? Take a look at our website. We offer the Open Water course under the SwimSafer syllabus. It might not seem essential at first, but once you have acquired it, you’ll realise how handy it can come into play when you visit beaches abroad.

Once again, Happy Fish would like to wish one and all a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!