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Summer Solstice Dip at Dawn 2023

Summer Solstice Dip at Dawn 2023

Celebrate the nourishing light of the Summer Solstice with us at 4:30 am on Wednesday, June 21st for 20 minutes of rejuvenating yoga led by the amazing team at SoulMoves, a refreshing quick dip at Salthill Beach led by Into the BLUE, and a heavenly hot drink courtesy of Salthill’s one and only Barista Bus!

This year we also have the Galway Hookers joining us on Galway Bay and lighting up their sails in solidarity with Galway Simon and the solstice sun, and Summer tunes with DJ GiGi from Kidisco

Dip at Dawn is a chance for us to come together as a community in support of those affected by the homelessness crisis here in the West. It also gives us the opportunity to unite body and mind with sand and sea resulting in the ultimate sense of health and wellbeing.

The first 200 people to register will receive a free exclusive Gym+Coffee Dip at Dawn baseball cap.

Don’t forget to keep an eye on our socials so you can comment and share our Dip at Dawn raffle posts and be in with a chance to win a fabulous Gift Box from local business nug.



€30 + Eventbrite booking fee

The funds raised allows us to safeguard our services and offer hope to families and individuals facing the trauma of homelessness in our community.

Why Take the Challenge?


Yoga has emerged as one of the most trusted means to boost physical and mental well-being. The word “Yoga” is derived from the Sanskrit root yuj meaning “to join”, “to yoke” or “to unite”, symbolizing the unity of mind and body; thought and action; restraint and fulfilment; harmony between human and nature, and a holistic approach to health and well-being.

Free Gym+Coffee Dip at Dawn baseball cap.

The first 200 people who register will receive a free Gym+Coffee Dip at Dawn baseball cap

Tag, share & win!

To be in with a chance of winning a fabulous Gift Box from nug

1.Tag your friends on one of our Dip at Dawn social media raffle posts

2.Share the post on social media

Support people’s right to security, dignity and wellbeing in their home.

Galway Simon is relentlessly committed to finding answers to the questions faced by real people in our community at risk of, or experiencing homelessness. The money you raise goes directly to our Prevention, Housing and Health & Wellbeing services in Galway, Mayo and Roscommon. 

The Difference YOU Can Make

Families are facing particularly difficult times with a record high number of people who are homeless and the low availability of affordable accommodation. Ireland’s housing crisis, the rising cost of living and the lifting of the eviction ban, mean countless vulnerable people now face a triple threat. The money you help us raise by participating in our #DipaDawn ensures we can safeguard our housing and homelessness prevention services to support people in Galway, Mayo and Roscommon and help them to avoid the trauma of homelessness.

Our goal is to sell 250 tickets and raise €7,500 for families in our community facing the trauma of homelessness. So, grab your friends, family or colleagues and help us make a real difference this Summer!

Learn more about the difference you can make by reading stories from real people who have faced the trauma of homelessness and who, with our assistance and your financial support, were able to put homelessness behind them for good.

Testimonials of Previous Participants



“a great start to the day”

“the most fabulous thing”

“It’s a beautiful thing to take time out of your day to help somebody with theirs.”

“It was a great cause and a beautiful idea. Lovely to share such a moment with others.”

Water Safety Guides

Water Safety Ireland Hypothermia Leaflet


How do I take part?

Register your details and purchase your ticket HERE

Can I buy more than one ticket?

Yes,tickets for this event are non-refundable. Therefore, please ensure that you are available to attend the event when purchasing your ticket.

How do I get my baseball cap?

If you are one of the first 200 to register you can collect your free exclusive Gym+Coffee Dip at Dawn baseball cap at the registration desk on the morning of the Dip.

Please arrive at the registration desk by 4:30am to ensure you have plenty of time to collect your baseball cap and prepare for the yoga.

What do I need to bring with me on the morning?

Warm loose clothes – layering your clothes can help keep you warm before your yoga and after your dip. Wearing loose clothing will make it much easier to get dressed after your dip.

Swimwear – wear your swimwear under your clothes to the event so you can comfortably and quickly strip and dip! For your own personal health and safety, we also suggest wearing a brightly coloured swim cap (or Simon beanie), a tow float and a wetsuit.

Yoga Mat – It may be cold and a bit damp at that hour of the morning and a yoga mat will provide that little bit of extra comfort on the day as you do your yoga. You can also place your gear on it to keep it dry while you dip.

Towel/towel robe – towel robes are super convenient for changing after your dip but a large towel can also make it that little bit easier to get changed with ease and grace.

Hot water bottle – a hot water bottle is a tremendous tool to bring warmth and circulation back into your body. Wrap your towel around it before you dip so you have a lovely warm towel to dry off with afterwards. Once dressed you can place it in between your jumper and your jacket to help keep you snug and warm.

Raincoat/waterproof jacket – the one thing we can count on here in Galway is the rain! This is an outdoor event so please wear suitable outdoor clothing. A raincoat or waterproof jacket can also be placed over your towel and clothes to keep them dry while you dip.


What will happen on the morning of the event?

The running order of activities for the morning is as follows:

Where do I park?

There is ample parking along the Prom in Salthill.

What time should I arrive?

Please arrive at the registration desk at Salthill Beach by 4.30am to register and collect your Gym+Coffee baseball cap.

What time does the dip take place?

The dip takes place at 5.15 am.

However, we recommend you arrive by 4:30 am to register, collect your baseball cap and join us for 20 minutes of gentle yoga before we dip.

What time does the event finish at?

The event finishes at 6.30 am which means you have plenty of time to enjoy a hot drink and a chat before you are on your way to the rest of your day.

How do I warm up after my dip?

  1. Pop up to Jamie at the Barista Bus for a hot beverage and a delicious treat.
  2. Watch the video below to find out how you can warm up after your dip!

Are there toilets available at Salthill Beach?

Yes, there are public toilets available along the Salthill Prom.

Are there changing rooms available at Salthill Beach?

Yes, there is an open changing area for participants at the beach.

Please refer to the question above, ‘What do I need to bring with me on the morning?’ for details on how to properly prepare for the event.

Where is Salthill Beach?

Salthill Beach is located on the Prom just opposite the Galway Bay Hotel. Galway Simon volunteers will be there to meet and greet you as you arrive – you won’t miss us!

Will there be lifeguards on the beach?

Yes, there will be two lifeguards in the water and two first aid people keeping an eye on everyone from the causeway.

What if it rains?

As the event is outdoors it is subject to the weather conditions on the morning. We will update you in advance of June 21st if there are any changes to the event.

What if there is a weather warning?

Your safety is our top priority.

In the event of a weather warning issued by Met Eireann the event will be cancelled.

As this is a charity event tickets are non-refundable.

Any other questions?

For more information contact Karol Cooke or our fundraising team on 091 381828 or by emailing [email protected]


Jun 21 2023


4:30 am - 6:00 am



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Salthill Prom, Galway
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