Many people who do the Dip have experienced cancer, their own or that of somebody close. Some have lost, or are losing loved ones, some Dippers have died since doing their own Dip. Some join in with the Dip while in treatment.
In nothing but a smile, a feather boa, your best earrings, bobble hat or a dab of Chanel No. 5, Dip in the Nip helps put life into perspective – and raises money for charity.
With Dips for women, Dips for men and Dips for couples, they choose beaches that – as funny as it sounds – protect Dippers’ privacy. Because what the Dip in the Nip is not is a nudist or naturalist event. This is a closely monitored charity event that first and foremost is a fundraiser, but also offers something very unique to participants. Most of the Dippers – perhaps surprisingly – have never skinny-dipped before, and they are very aware of the trust that they place in us when choosing to participate. So every effort is made to ensure that their privacy is protected, and as a result, many have Dipped more than once.
Started in 2009 by Máire Garvey, the first Dip was a women only event which took place one morning at beautiful Lissadell beach. Máire thought that perhaps 50 women might show up. Instead, 180 women bared all and ran, laughing and screaming, into the North Atlantic. And between them raised €56,000 for the Irish Cancer Society. There are several dips taking place this year in Galway, Dublin, Cork, Meath and Sligo.
If you want to know more check out the Dip in the Nip website.
Photos by Frances Muldoon.