The 2014 Tenby Boxing Day Swim Theme is Pirates and Princesses!


Tenby’s famous boxing day swim has chosen three charities for the brave bathers to dive in and support this Christmas.

St John Cmyru, the Harriet Davis Trust and Splash Out 2015 are the trio of of good causes nominated by event organisers, the Tenby Sea Swimming Association.

St John Cymru is one of several organisations which provides safety cover at the event, and its voluntary members have been at every swim for over 40 years. Said Victoria Stevens, the officer in charge of the Tenby-Pembroke Division:

We love attending the Boxing Day Swim – it’s such a fantastic event for the area. To receive an extra donation is a great bonus and will help us maintain our divisional ambulance and buy new equipment”

The Harriet Davis Trust, which has several holiday homes for disabled children and their families in South Pembrokeshire, is marking a notable birthday next year. Explained the trust’s development manager, Elizabeth Sleight:

I was delighted when I heard that we’d been chosen as one of the charities for this year’s Boxing Day Swim. We had planned a special fund-raising campaign for 2015, as it will be the 21st anniversary of the opening of Harriets House on Tenby Harbour, so we really could not have hoped for a better start than this”

Splash Out 2015 is a surf experience for for children with autism in Pembrokeshire, and follows on from the success of the inaugural event this year. Said Splash Out organiser, Angelo Fecci:

“The support from the Tenby Boxing Day Swim will go a long way to helping us deliver this experience to these children. Demand for spaces on Splash Out is astronomical, and funding like this is vital to us operating this event,and will play a massive part in our ability to reach out to more families.”

Don’t forget, Swimmers can also collect for their own charities & good causes.


To download a sponsor form, visit our sponsor form page.

 Boxing Day Raft Race in memory of Dai Rees

A sea challenge in memory of Dai Rees, who loved taking part in Tenby Boxing Day Swim’s crazy raft race, is being launched at this year’s event.

Dai, from Saundersfoot, named his winning raft DAITANIC, and his friends are recalling this triumph by naming the race in tribute.

Dai, aged 30, tragically died in March whilst free diving in The Maldives, where he was working with an aid charity he set up with some paramedic colleagues.

Now named the Dai Rees Foundation, the charity arranges for dated British medical equipment to be shipped to the locals in The Maldives and particularly Nepal, who struggle to to access basic pre-hospital healthcare in an emergency situation.

Friends of Dai are hoping to boost the charity’s profile and funds for its Life Support Nepal initiative through The Daitanic Cup raft race at the Tenby Boxing Day Swim.

Each raft entered must be made of only two barrels and some rope. Oars are allowed and the two people on-board must wear life-jackets. Crews are being encouraged to to collect sponsorship for the Dai Rees Foundation/Life Support Nepal.

No registration necessary, just turn up on Tenby’s North Beach on Boxing Day in time for the the race’s 11am start.

For more information and to make donations to The Dai Rees Foundation/Life Support Nepal, go to



Tenby Boxing Day Swim 2013

Video courtesy of Blueteenyweeny

Tenby Boxing Day Swim started in 1970 and has snowballed into Tenby’s main Christmas attraction. With around 600 swimmers and thousands of onlookers each year, this fantastic spectacle is not to be missed. With everyone swimming for charity, Boxing Day in Tenby is a surefire way to carry on the fun at Christmas. A roaring bonfire greets the emerging swimmers and everyone of them receives a medal for their bravery. As the swim goes from strength to strength each year, the event grows with canoes, raft racing and much more before the great immersion at 11.30am. Come and meet your friends on the North Beach this Boxing Day, give generously to the local charities and enjoy all the fun of the beach.