Sign up to be a Santa Sizzle firewalker (aged 16+) and face your fears. It may sound tough, but is perfectly safe. All firewalkers will be trained, motivated and confident to complete the challenge to walk across hot coals with a temperature of over 1000 degrees Fahrenheit! Some people say they feel the heat through their soles, others say it’s freezing cold. Whichever you feel, it certainly won’t be a feeling you’ll forget!
The event is hosted by UK Firewalk, one of the UK’s leading Firewalk companies. The firewalk takes place on The Strand in Exmouth from 4.30-7pm on Saturday 1 December.
You will receive full training an hour before the main walk. The Firewalk and Training Seminar is conducted by Scott Bell of UK Firewalk.
Scott Bell is twice Guinness World Record Holder for greatest distance walked on fire.
What exactly is a Firewalk?
Firewalkers will undergo training that lasts approximately one hour. During this time a fire will be lit and when it has burned to red hot embers it will be raked level and prepared for the walk. Firewalkers remove their footwear and one by one are invited to walk across the hot coals.
Is it a trick?
No – the fire is very real. The embers will be glowing red hot and the temperature of them can often be measured at around 1,200 degrees Fahrenheit. You will have bare feet, that will not have been treated in any way.
How do I fundraise?
There are many ways to raise money but an online donation page through BTMyDonate or setting up a donate button directly on Facebook are two of the easiest ways to get your friends, family and social networks to support you. We’ll send you all the details once you have signed up and are always on hand for tips and advice.
Who runs the Firewalk?
The Santa Sizzle Firewalk is run by UK Firewalk ukfirewalk.com It’s founder, Scott, is a twice world record holder for the longest Firewalk (250ft and 328ft), and is widely recognised as one of the world’s leading experts on firewalking.
Will it hurt?
The sensation of firewalking is described by some as walking on eggshells, or by others as walking on hot sand. Each walker has his or her own experience. Walkers have not been known to experience pain and when the opportunity arises many firewalkers will choose to cross the coals more than once.
How should I prepare?
There is no preparation for you to undertake. No treatment of the feet or mental exercises, just the training provided before the Firewalk at the seminar. You should abstain from the consumption of alcohol or drugs prior to the event. Any person deemed unfit to participate, by the opinion of the trainer, will NOT be permitted to take part and will lose their registration fee. Please ensure that your feet are clean and free from massage or pedicure oils.
How fit do I need to be?
There is no strenuous physical exercise involved. If you can walk normally then you should manage the Firewalk perfectly well. If you have any doubts please consult your GP before attending.
How old do I need to be?
All firewalkers need to be 16 years or older. If walkers are under the age of 18, their parent or guardian will need to sign a consent form.
What should I wear?
There is no special clothing required. Casual comfortable clothes are best and you will be given an Academy Santa hat. Please remember fires can be quite dirty and clothes may become ash stained. Footwear needs to be easy to remove, and will need to be replaced before going back indoors so please bring an old towel. Flip Flops are a good idea, especially if the ground is cold. Nail varnish and toe rings are fine to wear.
Are there any medical restrictions?
UK Firewalk have many people walk who are pregnant, have diabetes, stroke survivors or may be blind, among other conditions. None of these have been an issue, however it is recommended that if in doubt please seek advice from your doctor.
Is it safe?
There is an inherent risk in any activity involving fire and it is important that firewalkers pay attention to all the training and heed the advice and instruction of the trainer, firewatchers and spotters. UK Firewalk’s experience and procedures reduce risk to the required minimum.
Will I be hypnotised?
No. There is no hypnotism involved. You will be fully awake at all times – indeed you will probably be more alert than normal! You may also withdraw from the event at anytime, if you wish.