For the first time in 39 years there will be no New Year’s dive in Scheveningen on New Year’s Day, here in the Netherlands. A combination of hard wind from the south west and high tide will cause strong currents and high waves that are too dangerous according to the fire department, police, lifeguards, health services and the local government. The event started in 1965 and draws between 7,000 and 10,000 cold-seeking participants every year.
That’s too bad, I really thought of making the dive for the first time this year. Oh, well.
Participants will be notified through the media as much as possible and warning signs will be placed on the beaches. The event in Scheveningen is sponsored by soup-maker Unox, who traditionally hands out bright orange Unox hats and pea soup to participants.
The New Year’s dive in 43 participating swimming pools across the country will continue.
Related link: Unox event official website