So you want to do a Polar Bear Plunge. Congratulations, you’re crazy. This New Year’s tradition of running in to freezing cold water is held at countless locations across the nation and world. Some Polar Bear Plunges are used as fundraisers for charitable organizations, some for promotion, and some just for the heck of it. Regardless of your reasoning to submerge your body into an icy body of water there are a couple things you should remember.
- Wear something on your feet. Your feet will be freezing and it is a lot easier to run in and out of cold water with some sort of foot gear, especially if you are on a rocky beach.
- Polar Bearing is a sober event. Alcohol lowers your body temperature, so the last thing you want to be doing is diving into freezing cold water. Save the drinks for afterward.
- Bring extra clothes and towel. If you choose to show up in your swim suit, have something to change into post plunge.
- Bring a warm beverage in a Hydro Flask. Trust us, you will be sooooo happy that there is a steaming bottle of hot tea waiting for you in your car. You can thank our specially designed double-wall vacuum-insulation that keeps your beverage hot up to 12 hours for that.
- If you think it’ll be fun to dress up in a crazy costume, think twice. The more clothing the more soaked you’ll be, the colder you will be. A simple swim suit and water shoe is the best.
- Bring a blanket or robe. Stay warm before and post plunge.
- If it is a popular sponsored Plunge, get there early for optimal parking. You may have to wait a bit for the event to start but that’s why you bring your Hydro Flask of hot cocoa. Plus, you will be thankful when you aren’t running blocks and blocks from the water to you car.
- Don’t dive in or go head first. You may want to get it over with as fast as possible but diving into shallow cold water is never a good idea.
- Don’t Plunge if you have a heart condition. The shock of the cold water could be dangerous.
- 10. Don’t wear a wet suit or drysuit. That’s just cheating!
- 11. Bring a dry partner. Having someone to take your clothes and give you a towel is extremely helpful, plus they can take pictures, you are going to want to record this!
Besides searching the internet, a good way to find a Polar Bear Plunge in your area is to call one of the popular local radio stations–they are usually up on events like this. Above all, have fun and be safe with a Polar Bear Plunge; the perfect way to hydrate your New Year.