Monday, December 12, 2016

Start Off 2017 With a Big Splash

(Seattle Parks and Recreation)

For 14 years now, crazy people have been taking a dip at Matthews Beach for the annual Polar Bear Plunge and this year you can join them!

The event is free (because who in their right mind would pay to do this stunt?) and will be held on January 1, 2017. Registration begins at 10:00 a.m. and the Plunge begins promptly at noon. A 2017 Commemorative Badge of Courage will be given to all heroic Polar Bear participants who immerse themselves neck-deep in the water. The patch will show the world that participants braved the frigid waters.

Matthews Beach is located at 9300 51st Ave. NE., Seattle 98115. Registration begins at 10 a.m., and the plunge starts at noon sharp. (A Polar Cub Club) event happens immediately preceding the big event for little ones wanting to take part, but don't want to stand in the middle of a frenzy pack of adults racing in and out of the water!

According to Seattle Parks and Recreation, the firs official Polar Bear Plunge brought in 300 people. Last year, over 1,900 took the dip. They also offer these tips for enjoying a fun, safe swim:

  • Make the plunge even more special by dressing up in a costume!
  • If you have heart problems or other serious medical concerns, we recommend that you consult your healthcare professional before taking the Polar Bear Plunge. If you can’t go in the water, come and watch!
  • Don’t drink alcohol–it doesn’t warm you up, and it accelerates hypothermia.
  • Stay in the water for no longer than 15 minutes—you lose body heat 25 times faster in water than in air.
  • Keep your outer clothing on until you’re ready to get in the water. After the plunge, remove wet clothing before getting into dry clothes.

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