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VOBSTER QUAY INLAND DIVING & SWIMMING CENTRE
VOBSTER QUAY
SURFACE WATER TEMP:  7.8 °C    UPDATED:  21-02-2024
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Ho Ho Ho! Join us for our annual festive fundraising shenanigans in aid of the Royal National Lifeboat Institution and Armed Forces charity Help for Heroes.
2024 DATE TO BE ANNOUNCED SOON!
VOBSTER SANTAS WILL RETURN!
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Ho Ho Ho! We're delighted to announce that Vobster Santas is back for another bumper bag of festive diving fun! To start your festive season in style, we'll be hosting a very special yuletide dive session open to all - members and non-members alike. Grab your fluffy beards, folks - things are gonna get jolly!
Vobster Santas is all about getting together for some festive diving fun and - of course - raising some serious cash for charity! Once again, we're aiming to raise money for the Royal National Lifeboat Institution and Help for Heroes by encouraging each and every one of you to get sponsored. Both charities are very close to our hearts here at Vobster Quay so let's show them both just how much we value everything they do!

Once again we’re aiming to get as many sponsored Santa divers hitting the water at 10:00am in one very jolly - and very silly - group! Gates will open at 7:30am followed by a dive brief at 09:30am so there will be plenty of time to get parked up, kitted up and ready to hit the water! Will we beat our record of 185 Santa divers all in the water at once? With your help, we know we can!
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2024 DATE TO BE ANNOUNCED SOON!
COMING SOON!
YOU MADE A DIFFERENCE!
Since our very first Santa diving event back in 2007, you've helped us to raise a sack-load of cash for charity. For our 2023 event, we chose to support two causes very close to our heart - the Royal National Lifeboat Institution and the Armed Forces charity Help For Heroes. Thanks to your amazing efforts, we raised another £5000 for these charities!
DO SOMETHING AMAZING
GET YOURSELF SPONSORED!
Vobster Santas is all about having fun but it's important to remember why we're doing it - to raise bags of cash for the Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI) and Help for Heroes charities.
We actively encourage each and every participant to get themselves sponsored for this worthy event. Through JustGiving donations, divers can invite their friends, family and work colleagues to sponsor them to take to the balmy waters of Vobster Quay dressed in their finest festive gear. We've created a poster that you can download (below) and print off to help you promote your involvement and hopefully drum up some donations!

Since the events’ inception, Vobster’s Santa divers have helped to raise over £40,000 for these very worthy charities. Let's get that total even higher!

We're doing our bit too - to set the ball rolling, Vobster Quay has donated £1000 to each charity! Whilst it's a great start, we're sure that with your help we can send this year's fundraising total through the roof! Badger your friends, badger your work colleagues and let's make it happen.

All proceeds from JustGiving and collections to the RNLI and Help For Heroes (H4H). All proceeds of raffle to be divided equally between the RNLI and Help For Heroes. The RNLI is a charity registered in England and Wales (209603) and Scotland (SC037736). H4H is a charity registered in England and Wales (1120920) and Scotland (SC044984).
THE ROYAL NATIONAL LIFEBOAT INSTITUTION
A charity close to every scuba diver's heart, RNLI lifeboats protect hundreds of communities around the UK and Ireland through their 24-hour search and rescue service. RNLI crews and lifeguards have saved over 142,700 lives since 1824 but they’re more than just a rescue service.

Visit them online: RNLI.org
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HELP FOR HEROES
When a conflict ends, for some the battles don’t stop. We support veterans and their families by giving life-changing support, no matter when or where they served. Help for Heroes is the leading Armed Forces and veterans charity in the UK. With your support, we can help our veterans and their families live well after service.

Visit them online: helpforheroes.org.uk/
DONATE
Useful Resources
Download, print out and post up this eye-catching poster to help you promote your charity sponsorship efforts...

SPONSORSHIP POSTER
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Looking to encourage members of your dive club to join you at Vobster Santas 2023? Download, print out and distribute this colourful event poster around your dive club...

EVENT POSTER
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Avoid the hassle of collecting sponsorship monies by pointing your friends, family and work colleagues to these online donation links...

Royal National Lifeboat Institution...
https://www.justgiving.com/page/vsantas2023-rnli

Help for Heroes...
https://www.justgiving.com/page/vsantas2023-helpforheroes
VOBSTER SANTAS VIDEO
RELIVE THE FESTIVE FUN!
Like a Christmas miracle, last year's Vobster Santas left us feeling all warm 'n' fuzzy just thinking about all the good cheer and belly laughs we enjoyed together. Join us as we look back on the highlights.
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VOBSTER SANTAS 2023
Ho Ho Ho! Relive our festive fundraiser held on Sunday 10th December 2023. The weather was rather frightful but that didn't dampen the spirits of the 132 Santas, reindeer (and even the odd Grinch) that turned out in force to support the event. Much fun was had and over £5000 was raised for charity.
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VOBSTER SANTAS CHARITY
RAFFLE 2023
Our ever popular Vobster Santas charity raffle returned with a bang! Thanks to your generosity and the awesome brands that donated some amazing prizes, we raised over £1700 for two fabulous - and very worthy - charities. Thanks to everyone who bought a ticket and congratulations to the winners!
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VOBSTER SANTAS 2022
Ho Ho Ho! Vobster Santas returned to Vobster Quay on a very snowy Sunday for another belly-full of festive laughs and, of course, diving fun! Set against a beautiful thin blanket of snow, Vobster Santas has never looked or felt so festive. Thanks to everyone that made the day so special.
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VOBSTER SANTAS CHARITY
RAFFLE 2022
Our ever popular Vobster Santas charity raffle returned with a bang! Thanks to your generosity and the awesome brands that donated some amazing prizes, we raised over £1428 for two fabulous - and very worthy - charities. Thanks to everyone who bought a ticket and congratulations to the winners!
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VOBSTER SANTAS 2021
Ho Ho Ho! Relive our festive fundraiser held on Sunday 12th December 2021. The weather was far from delightful but that didn't dampen the spirits of the many Santas, helper elves and even the odd reindeer that turned out in force to support the event.
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VOBSTER SANTAS 2021
RAFFLE WINNERS
Congratulations to each and every one of the lucky winners who scooped some awesome prizes in our 2021 charity raffle draw in aid of the RNLI and the Dorset & Somerset Air Ambulance. Thanks to you, we raised over £1000 for each charity!
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VOBSTER SANTAS 2019
Relive the fun and enjoyment of Vobster Santas 2019, our annual festive fundraising event held every year in aid of the RNLI and the Dorset & Somerset Air Ambulance.
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VOBSTER SANTAS 2019
RAFFLE WINNERS
Relive the fun and enjoyment of Vobster Santas 2019, our annual festive fundraising event held every year in aid of the RNLI and the Dorset & Somerset Air Ambulance.
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AMAZING PRIZES TO BE WON!
FESTIVE PRIZE DRAW RAFFLE
We're pleased to announce that our ever-popular Vobster Santas prize draw raffle is back! Once again we'll be raffling off a bumper selection of amazing prizes donated by some of the biggest names in diving!
Tickets cost just £1 and will be available to buy through the Vobster shop with the draw itself taking place on the 10th December at Vobster Santas. All proceeds will be donated to the two very worthy charities that we're supporting this year - the RNLI and Help For Heroes. So spread a little festive cheer and buy a sack-full of tickets!

We'd like to extend a very special thank you to each and every one of our prize donors - you guys rock!

Don't forget! The more tickets you buy, the more chances you've got of bagging an amazing prize so keep those fingers crossed that you're a winner.
FOURTH ELEMENT SEEKER MASK
Fourth Element's new seeker represents the pinnacle of mask design delivering unrivalled field of vision and the very best fit to faces of all shapes and sizes. Worth £130, this is the Rolls Royce of dive masks!
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KENT TOOLING 50M RATCHET REELS
Kent Tooling build the toughest and most robust reels in the business! We've got TWO of their awesome composite ratchet reels to give away offering 50 metres of line and a convenient ratchet mechanism.
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CREST CR-4 DIVE WATCH
The Crest CR-4 is a compact dive watch with an ultra-clear back-lit screen offering three modes - diving (air or nitrox), freediving and gauge. Our prize is fitted with a bungee mount for dry suit divers.
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PROGRAMMETRY BUNDLE
Interested in Photogrammetry? Thanks to Accupixel and 3DFlow, we've got a 12-month licence to 3D Zephyr photogrammetry software and Accupixel training worth over £4000 to give away!
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OTTER DRYSUITS PONCHO
Look cool on the dive boat with this awesome Otter Poncho. Change in comfort and warmth with unrivalled protection from the elements. Whatever Mother Nature throws at you, you'll be ready!
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APEKS DSMB
Make sure you're seen first time, every time, with the Apeks Surface Marker Buoy. This feature rich SMB features a unique fully closed system oral inflator allows the buoy to be fully inflated with a single breath, delivering fast deployment in any situation.
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SHOT GUN EXPERIENCE
Win a thrilling shot gun experience donated by Fair Game Country Pursuits based near Andover. You'll get to fire off 35 shots on the range at clay pigeon targets. Yes, they honestly will allow a diver to get their hands on a shot gun. We're scared.
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KUBI DUFFEL DRYBAG
The KUBI dry backpack is the perfect solution to keeping stuff dry in even the toughest environments. The KUBI dry backpack even includes shoulder straps so you can sling it on your back and go adventuring! The winner will also receive a KUBI K23 tshirt!
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DC-1 GHOST FRAMELESS MASKS
The great value DC-1 Ghost frameless mask from DIVE LIFE is a low volume, wide view mask available in multiple colors to match your style and personality. It's perfect as a primary or back up mask.
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DIVING THE THISTLEGORM BOOK
This has to be the ultimate guide to one of the world's most famous shipwrecks! This premium hard-back edition features beautiful photography, inspiring 3D imagery and exhaustive information.
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DIVING GOZO & CAMINO
Don't visit Gozo and Malta without this fact-packed guide from DIVED UP Publications! This full colour book is stuffed to the gills with information on the very best caves, tunnels, wrecks, reefs and bays that Gozo, Comino and Malta have to offer.
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DIVE MALDIVES
Dive Maldives: A Guide to the Maldives Archipelago is a detailed guide to diving the atolls of the Maldives with exhaustive information on over 350 dive sites. For visitors to the Maldives, this is an essential purchase.
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OTTER DRY BAG
One very lucky prize winner is going to take home a simply cavernous Otter drysuits kit bag! It’s just the job for keeping all your gear safe, 100% dry and all in one place. Plus, of course, it looks gosh darned cool - what more could we ask for?
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SMART EMERGENCY STICKER
Provide comprehensive emergency information to emergency services when it really counts with these funky NFC-enabled stickers from DiveSigns. Made from tough Coastguard approved SOLAS reflective tape, your information can be read by any EMS provider with a smart phone.
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FOURTH ELEMENT EAR WARMER
These festive ear warmers are made from thermal fleece and are super comfortable. The shaped sides extend lower to cover the ears fully, keeping you toasty warm before and after your dive.
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KUBI K23 LIMITED EDITION T-SHIRT
New from KUBI UK is this rather stylish new t-shirt. What makes this shirt a little bit special is the use of phosphorecent ink for a literal 'glow in the dark' design. We'll be bundling them with the KUBI dry bag.
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OTTER POLAR HAT
Keep your head warm when the temperature drops with the new Polar Hat from Otter Drysuits. As stylish as it is toasty warm, your bonce will love you for it.
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VOBSTER QUAY MEMBERSHIPS
Win a full 12-months of membership to the UK's friendliest diving centre! Start or extend your membership. We've got three to give away!
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