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Crisis Icebreaker

Will you brave the cold at the Crisis Icebreaker this winter?

For more information or to sign up please email swim@crisis.org.uk.

Break the ice with Crisis

Pontypridd, Wales

This event has now taken place, but you can still sign up for a DIY Icebreaker!

Icebreaker Ponty
Brockwell, London

15 December

Brockwell Lido, London

Icebreaker Brockwell
Ayrshire, Scotland

Due to unforeseen circumstances we’ve had to cancel this event. 

Icebreaker Ayrshire
Tooting Bec, London

26 January

Tooting Bec Lido, London

Icebreaker Tooting

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.


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 available at all of the organised events.

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.

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. There is usually a lot of people wearing onesies! 

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

There will be a fancy dress competition in Pontypridd so dress to impress!

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

If you have signed up to "DIY", your swimming cap and badge 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 we will be on site with Crisis goodies and raffles.

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 pay in your money here on the Make it Crisis this Christmas page in the donation form. Alternatively you can bank transfer the money by using our bank details

Crisis Bank details:

Royal Bank of Scotland

28 Cavendish Square

London W1W 0DB

Account: 12011155

Sort code: 16-00-30

Reference: Please use MIC 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.

You can pay in your money whenever you like after your event. If you’ve received all your money for your Christmas event then you can pay your donations in whenever suits you.

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