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Dip a Day Challenge FAQ’s

How do I take part?

Simply, join the dedicated Dip a Day in May Facebook Group. Once you’re in, you can sign up to get your free t-shirt and fundraising pack, get tips, be inspired and find out everything you need to know about the challenge.

How can I do this challenge during Covid-19 restrictions?

If you haven’t got access to the sea, river, lake or pier within the advised travel limit, you can always get creative and think of other ways to take your Dip a Day – an ice bath in the garden, a paddling pool or even a cold shower!

Wherever you take your dip, please be sure to follow Public Health Guidelines at all times.

What if I don't complete the Challenge?

The only thing that matters is that you enjoy taking part. Do as much as you can. If you can’t dip every day, why not form a relay team with a friend. If you happen to miss a day or two, you can always make it up at the end by carrying the challenge through to June.

How do I raise money?

Fundraising with Facebook is the easiest way to raise money. It’s really quick to set up your fundraiser, just click here to get started.

Be sure to tell everyone about the challenge and why you’re raising funds for Galway Simon. And don’t forget to change the end date – they are automatically set to end after 2 weeks unless you change it! We recommend setting it to June 6th to give you extra few days to finish the challenge and fundraise.

All that’s left to do then is to add “Dip a Day in May” to the title before sharing the page with all your contacts.

Where does money donated through Facebook go?

All Facebook funds go directly to Galway Simon Community. You don’t have to worry about this. It happens automatically. 100% of funds will go towards providing Prevention, Housing and Support Services to those at risk of, or experiencing homelessness in the West.

What do I do if a friend wants to donate but doesn’t have Facebook?

They can give you the money directly, and you can donate to your Facebook Fundraiser on their behalf. Alternatively, they can donate directly to Galway Simon on our website here. **Please ask them to add Dip a Day in the comment box.

If you’d prefer to raise funds offline, we’d also be happy to send you a sponsorship card, Please email [email protected] to request your card.

I don’t have a Facebook account, can I still take part in the challenge?

Yes of course, please get in touch with Amy from our fundraising team on 091 381828 or by emailing [email protected] to register for your t-shirt and fundraising pack.

What happens if I cannot complete my challenge due to bad weather or an injury?

If there is any risk of bad weather or other unsafe conditions, please stop your challenge immediately. Your safety is the number one priority. We would ask all participants to pay close attention to the following guidelines as advised by the RNLI and Irish Coast Guard.

  • Always check the weather forecast and understand the local effects of wind, tides and currents.
  • Never swim alone and have somebody ashore who is familiar with your plans and ideally can observe your progress.
  • Only swim in sheltered areas with which you are familiar and swim parallel to the shore.
  • Ensure that you are visible from the shore. Wear a brightly coloured swim cap or use a tow float to increase your visibility in the water.
  • Wearing a wetsuit is advisable to help stay warm.
  • Slowly acclimatise to cold water to reduce the risk of cold water shock.
  • Get warmed up afterwards. Wrap up well in extra layers of clothing
  • If in doubt, don’t go out!
  • Tell someone else where you’re going and when you are due back.

Similarly, if you’re injured or feeling unwell, stop your challenge immediately and check in with your GP. Your health and wellbeing must come first. Even if you don’t complete your challenge and reach your target, you’ll still have made a difference to those facing homelessness during these difficult times.

What is the average water temperature in May?

The average water temperature in Galway Bay in May is 10 – 12 degrees Celsius. For historical monthly Galway sea water temperatures, go to this website.

The Marine Institute provides a live feed from their buoy located off Spiddal in Galway Bay which you can view here.

I live outside of Ireland, can I still take part?

Of course! The Dip a Day in May Challenge is open to everyone, everywhere! The only difference for overseas participants is that it may take longer to receive your t-shirt by post.

How do I extend the closing date on my Facebook Fundraising page?

On your fundraising page, select ‘edit’ or ‘more’ or ‘edit goal’ near the top of the page. Then scroll down and edit the ‘end date’ and select save. Easy-peasy!

My Facebook Fundraiser has ended but I haven’t finished the challenge, what should I do?

You can copy the info from your Facebook Fundraising Page and start a new one – just make sure you enter the correct closing date of June 6th.

Make sure to personalise the description on your fundraiser too – Facebook won’t let you have more than one fundraiser for the same charity without personalising the description.

How do I get my free t-shirt?

We will send you out a fundraising pack, which includes your free t-shirt, and more, after you fill in your details on our registration form. You’ll find the link in our Facebook Group!

Any Other Questions?

Pop them into the Dip a day in May challenge Facebook group, or get in touch with our Amy from our fundraising team on 091 381828 or by emailing [email protected]