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The Santa Splash brings our community together to make a splash for veterans’ mental health.

Simply pop on your swimming costume and a Santa hat and take the plunge in our cold water challenge! By braving the cold, you'll help raise awareness and funds for our life-changing mental health treatment. 

You can take on the challenge in your local area on any day between 1-31 December and don't forget to take a snap.

Register today and help smash the stigma of mental health!

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make a splash for veteran's mental health


Choose to brace the cold solo or with family and friends in our Santa Splash. It's free to join and all Santa's who raise £5 or more will receive a Santa Splash hat.

Please see below for further details on how to take part virtually and complete your Santa Splash safely.


How and where you take on your cold water challenge is up to you. You may choose to take ice baths daily, visit your local lido or enjoy a chilly dip in the sea.

However you choose to take part, be sure to stay safe and follow our safety guidelines.


There is no fundraising minimum for this challenge but this is a charity event and we encourage our Santas to raise as much as they can in support of veterans' mental health. Share your fundraising page and spread the word! 

We also encourage everyone to take a snap or video of their cold water challenge and #SantaSplash to help spread the word and feature on our homepage.

take part virtually

Make a splash for veterans' mental health your way. Visit your local lido, take ice baths daily, enjoy a chilly dip in the sea or have cold showers for the month! However you choose to take part, by braving the cold your support will make a life changing difference to the veterans we support.

Taking part in the Santa Splash is also a great way to give your mental health a boost as cold water swimming has been proven to lower the levels of stress. With no fitness level required, this is an event for everyone. It's free to register and each participant who donates £5 on registration will receive a Santa hat.

All virtual participants are responsible for their own health and safety. Please make sure you follow our safety guidelines and stay safe when completing your Santa Splash.

can you do the full santa?

Immersion Level Up to where on body
Mistle’toes Feet
Nutcrackers Waist
Jinglebells Chest
The Full Santa Head under

Take a snap

We encourage everyone taking part to document their achievement and nominate a friend to join in!

Take a photo or video after completing your cold water challenge to raise awareness and help smash the stigma of mental health. 
"I've braved the cold for Combat Stress. Now it's your turn..."

#SantaSplash @CombatStress

safety guidelines and cold water swimming advice

We have a number of videos put together by cold water swimming coaches Jude Palmer and Paul Mackenzie on how to complete your Santa Splash safely. 

We strongly encourage all participants taking part in both the virtual and physical event to watch these and read our FAQs and Safety Guidelines before taking part.

How many rewards can you collect along the way?

Raise £100

To receive your Combat Stress neck buff

Raise £375

To receive your Combat Stress travel mug

Raise £500

To receive your Combat Stress bobble hat


Connect with our Santa Splash community



When you sign up, you can join our Facebook group and share top tips with others taking part. Sharing your Santa Splash photos or videos on FacebookTwitter and Instagram is a great way to let everyone know you’re taking part in Santa Splash so they can support you and we can thank you.

Be a part of our community and use the hashtag #SantaSplash @combatstress to raise awareness.