Festive spirits were high at UK inland dive site Vobster Quay when 175 scuba divers took to the cold lake waters dressed in their finest fluffy beards and red Santa outfits to raise money for the RNLI – smashing a world record in the process.
Vobster Quay’s Jason Brown said: “Vobster Quay has been proud to be the current holder of the world record for most Santa divers in the water at once so you can imagine just how thrilled we were when we discovered that we’d not only beaten but smashed that record. The previous record which we set in 2011 stood at 161 divers but we beat it by 14 santa divers – the total would have been even higher but several Santa divers were unable to complete their dive. We’re extremely pleased to reaffirm our world record – it’ll take some beating.”
Now in its seventh year, Vobster Santas have raised nearly £30,000 for the RNLI and so far this year they have raised more than £4,200, with finds still coming in.
Jason said “We had some amazing prizes up for grabs this year and we’d like to thank everyone who donated a prize. The rest has come though sponsorship collected by individual divers which is a fantastic effort on their part. As they collect their monies so we expect our total to rise and we are confident of hitting the £5,000 target for the RNLI which is an amazing achievement at the end of a thoroughly enjoyable day.”
Vobster Quay centre manager Tim Clements said: “We are over the moon. The day was full of festive cheer with red and white fluffy outfits everywhere you looked. We were delighted that we managed to get 175 of the divers underwater at the same time to beat our previous record. The weather was especially kind to us meaning everyone was able to enjoy the post dive hot tea and mince pies on offer.”