Every winter, Polar Bear Plunges take place all across the country. Often these events raise money for charities in the local community. Common charities include the Special Olympics and Make-A-Wish Foundation.
What To Expect At A Polar Bear Plunge:
On the day of the plunge, participants gather at the designated location/body of water and despite freezing temperatures, run and submerge themselves into the cold water. The most common times of year to take the plunge are Boxing Day, New Years, or any other time throughout the cold winter months. By taking the plunge on New Year’s Day, it is believed that anything else coming your way during the new year won’t be as much of a challenge as running into the freezing cold lake or river… It’s sort of an, “If I can do this, I can do anything,” mentality. What a great perspective to face those New Year’s resolutions with!
The Polar Bear Plunge is a tradition in the United States, Canada, United Kingdom, and the Netherlands. You can brave the plunge in knowing that people all over the world are joining you and supporting a great cause. The first recorded Polar Bear Plunge took place in Boston in 1904 and has been happening ever since. Thousands of participants register and gather each year to take the plunge and millions are raised.
Things To Remember At The Plunge:
If taking the plunge, we recommend stocking up with lots of layers of warm clothing and blankets for after the plunge. It is important that you keep yourself warm before and after you take the plunge. If interested in participating, take a look online to see if any events are taking place near you to sign up.
If freezing your tail off isn’t your style, you can easily support a participant taking the plunge by donating online!