Crisis Icebreaker

Face the freeze and bring warmth and hope to people facing homelessness this winter

Whether you brave an icy plunge, dare a brisk width or join friends in an exhilarating relay race, your support will help people out of homelessness and provide access to year round services, that can transform lives.

Sign up to one of our Crisis Icebreaker events or organise your very own Icebreaker challenge.


Jump in with Crisis Icebreaker

But why stop there?

Go the extra mile – get friends and family to sponsor your icy challenge. The more you raise, the more we can help people leave homelessness behind through our life-changing services this winter and all year round.

Cold water swim tips


Yes, you are welcome to bring spectators, if they could give a donation to Crisis when they arrive that would be great!

Yes, please read our cold water swim tips before attending any of our events, or attempting any cold water swimming.

This event is closed to anyone under the age of 16 years old.

If your children are between the ages of 16-17 years old they are will need your permission to take part and please email swim@crisis.org.uk to express your interest. A parent/guardian will also need to be present on the day.

If your children are over 18 years old they can register online through the links above.

Please let the lifeguard know when you arrive and make sure you jump in at the shallow end of the pool.

There will be refreshments to purchase in the venue cafe's at all of the organised events.

At Pontypridd, Wales, we will provide hot drinks and nibbles at the poolside, there is also The Salthouse pub nearby too. 

Please send an email to swim@crisis.org.uk to let us know. Your registration fee is non-refundable.

You can only register one person at a time.

If you would like to take part in the relay, select ‘relay’ on the registration form and enter your team name. Only four people can take part in a relay team. Members will need to sign up individually, selecting the 'relay' option and entering the same team name. If you need to change members of your team around, that is fine, just email us at swim@crisis.org.uk before the event.

If you are signing up as an organisation or large group, please email us and we will be able to help.

Yes there will be hot showers and changing facilities available at all three London events. 

At the Bristol event there will only be cold water showers available.  There are no changing facilities at the venue but Crisis will provide gazebos for changing. 

At the Pontypridd, Wales event, hot showers and indoor/outdoor changing rooms are available at the lido.  Hot drinks and refreshments will be available at the poolside.

You can wear whatever you feel comfortable in as long as it is light weight, so this could be a swim suit or fancy dress. 

Please make sure that you don't wear anything that will become too heavy to swim in when it gets wet.


These will be handed out on the day when you arrive.

If you have signed up to "DIY", your swimming cap will be posted to you.

Please bring a warm set of clothing that you can change back into straight after the swim, and a towel.

Bring some cash for the café for a hot drink, and there will be an opportunity to purchase raffle tickets too, there are some amazing prizes to be won!

You can organise your own swim anywhere, anytime and we'd love to support you.

You can register as a "DIY" Icebreaker here or contact us at swim@crisis.org.uk and we can advise you.

If you have used an online fundraising page to collect your sponsorship, the money will be automatically sent to Crisis.

Alternatively you can bank transfer the money by using our bank details or send in a cheque made payable to 'Crisis UK'

Crisis Bank details:

Royal Bank of Scotland

28 Cavendish Square

London W1W 0DB

Account: 12011155

Sort code: 16-00-30

Reference: Please use Icebreaker and your supporter number (if known) as your reference

You can also pay in your money over the phone by calling 08000 38 48 38.

Please aim to pay in your sponsorship money up to two month after the event.

If you are doing your own Icebreaker event you can pay in your money whenever you like after your event has finished. 

Yes of course – we’d love to see pictures of your event.

If you use twitter, tag us using @Crisis_UK and use the hashtag #Icebreaker, on Instagram you can find us @crisis_uk, or share them straight to our facebook page.

You can also send them by emailing us at swim@crisis.org.uk

Yes, we'd love to have you! We will need people to help with a range of tasks so let us know you're interested by emailing us at swim@crisis.org.uk

If you would like to order more materials, you can order them directly here.

If you'd like help with something not available to order on our website, please email us at swim@crisis.org.uk


If you still can't find the answer you're looking for, contact the Crisis Icebreaker team at swim@crisis.org.uk or 020 7036 2825

Stay connected

Use the hashtag #CrisisIcebreaker to keep up to date with all event info and who else is jumping in with Crisis this winter.