13th annual Polar Bear Plunge set for Jan. 1 at Matthews Beach

Start off the New Year with a splash!

Seattle Parks and Recreation and the Meadowbrook Community Center Advisory Council are co-sponsoring the 13th annual Polar Bear Plunge at noon on Thursday, Jan. 1, 2015 at Matthews Beach, 9300 51st Ave. NE. Registration begins at 10 a.m., and the plunge starts at noon sharp.10471230_386841974818005_646270682953780929_n

A 2015 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.

Warming refreshments will be served. While people wait for the plunge to kick off, there will be games, a photo booth, music and a T-shirt/sweatshirt vendor.

As in previous years, younger polar bears and anyone else who needs a little more room can take part in the Polar Cub Club part of the event immediately preceding the main plunge. For the truly hearty, double-dipping is allowed.

Seattle Parks and Recreation offers a few tips for enjoying a fun, safe swim:

  • Make the plunge even more special by dressing up in a costume!
  • Come early, and carpool or take the bus (you can plan your trip at http://tripplanner.kingcounty.gov/).
  • 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.

The Polar Bear Plunge was the first official event of its kind in the Seattle area and has inspired other, similar events throughout the region. Janet Wilson, Aquatic Center Coordinator at Meadowbrook Pool, started the event on Jan. 1, 2003. About 300 people participated in that first Polar Bear Plunge, and since then the attendance has soared to more than 1,800 brave bears. Like the plunge on Facebook here.

 

12th Annual Polar Bear Plunge Set for January 1, 2014, now with 20% more whimsy!

Seattle Parks and Recreation and the Meadowbrook Community Center Advisory Council will co-sponsor the 12th Annual Polar Bear Swim at noon on Sunday, Jan. 1 at Matthews Beach, 9300 51st Ave. NE. Everyone can register starting at 11 a.m. by picking up a wrist band. The plunge starts at noon sharp.

A 2014 Official Patch of Courage will be given to all heroic polar bear participants who immerse themselves neck-deep in the lake. The patch will show the world that participants braved the frigid waters (today, a bracing 48 degrees and who knows the temperature on New Year’s Day).  Warming refreshments will be served.

As in previous years, younger polar bears and anyone else who needs a little more room can take part in the Polar Cub Club part of the event immediately preceding the main plunge.  For the truly hearty, double-dipping is allowed.

Seattle Parks and Recreation offers a few tips for enjoying a fun, safe swim: 

  • Make the plunge even more special by dressing up in a costume!
  • Come early, and carpool or take the bus (you can plan your trip at http://tripplanner.kingcounty.gov/).
  • 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.

The Polar Bear Plunge was the first official event of its kind in the Seattle area and has inspired other, similar events throughout the region. Janet Wilson, Aquatic Center Coordinator at Meadowbrook Pool, started the event on January 1, 2003. About 300 people participated in that first Polar Bear Plunge, and since then the attendance has soared to more than 1,800 brave bears of every age. 

Like us at https://www.facebook.com/polarbearplungeseattle

 

 

Take the plunge! Start 2013 off right with a bracing swim in Lake Washington at the Polar Bear Plunge!

Seattle Parks and Recreation and the Meadowbrook Community Center Advisory Council are co-sponsoring the 11th Annual Polar Bear Swim at high noon on Tuesday, Jan. 1, 2013 at Matthews Beach, 9300 51st Ave. NE. Registration starts at 11 a.m. and the Plunge starts at noon sharp.

There will be refreshments and a 2013 Official Patch of Courage for all heroic polar bears who immerse themselves neck-deep in the lake, to prove to friends and loved ones they actually braved the frigid waters, which today were a bracing 48 degrees Fahrenheit.

Make the plunge even more special by dressing up in a costume! Sign our memory book at www.theofficialunofficialpolarbearplunge.blogspot.com, and share your experience at the event on your Facebook page, blog, YouTube or Twitter accounts.

Once again, we’ll feature the new Polar Cub Club, a special time just before the big polar bears plunge, for younger folks or people who need a little bit more room. Some people actually choose to double dip.

Parks offers a few tips for enjoying a fun, safe swim:
• Come early, and carpool or take the bus.
• You can plan your trip at http://tripplanner.kingcounty.gov/
• If you have heart problems or other serious medical concerns, we recommend you consult your health care professional before taking the Polar Bear Plunge. If you don’t go in the water, come and watch!
• Don’t drink alcohol – it doesn’t warm you up, and it accelerates hypothermia.
• Don’t stay in the water for longer than 15 minutes – you lose body heat 25 times faster in water than in air.
• Don’t take off your outer clothing until you’re ready to get in the water, and remove wet clothing before getting into dry clothes.

The Polar Bear Plunge was the first official event of its kind in the Seattle area. Janet Wilson, the Aquatic Center Coordinator at Meadowbrook Pool, started the event on January 1, 2003. About 300 people participated in that first Polar Bear Plunge, and since then the attendance has soared to more than 1,500 brave bears of every age. The plunge has inspired other, similar events in the Seattle area.

Witnesses to history will, at each participant’s request, record the names of the bold souls who complete the mission by signing our online blog. www.theofficialunofficialpolarbearplunge.blogspot.com

10th Annual Polar Bear Plunge Set for January 1, 2012

Seattle Parks and Recreation and the Meadowbrook Community Center Advisory Council are co-sponsoring the 10th Annual Polar Bear Swim at high noon on Sunday, Jan. 1, 2012 at Matthews Beach, 9300 51st Ave. NE. Registration starts at around 11 a.m. by showing up to get your official Polar Bear Plunge wrist band ceremoniously attached to your paw (wrist). 

There will be refreshments and a 2012 Official Patch of Courage for all heroic polar bears who immerse themselves neck-deep in the lake, to prove to friends and loved ones they actually braved the frigid waters, which in 2010 measured at an exhilarating 41 degrees Fahrenheit. 

Make the plunge even more special by dressing up in a costume! Sign our memory book at www.theofficialunofficialpolarbearplunge.blogspot.com, and feel free to link information about the event on your Facebook page, blog, YouTube or Twitter accounts.

Once again, we’ll feature the new Polar Cub Club, a special time just before the big polar bears plunge, for younger folks or people who need a little bit more room. Some people actually choose to double dip. 

Parks offers a few tips for enjoying a fun, safe swim: 

  • Come early, and carpool or take the bus. 
  • You can plan your trip at http://tripplanner.kingcounty.gov/
  • If you have heart problems or other serious medical concerns, we recommend you consult your health care professional before taking the Polar Bear Plunge. If you don’t go in the water, come and watch! 
  • Don’t drink alcohol – it doesn’t warm you up, and it accelerates hypothermia. 
  • Don’t stay in the water for longer than 15 minutes – you lose body heat 25 times faster in water than in air. 
  • Don’t take off your outer clothing until you’re ready to get in the water, and remove wet clothing before getting into dry clothes.

The Polar Bear Plunge was the first official event of its kind in the Seattle area. Janet Wilson, the Aquatic Center Coordinator at Meadowbrook Pool, started the event on January 1, 2002. About 300 people participated in that first Polar Bear Plunge, and since then the attendance has soared to more than 1,000 brave bears of every age. The plunge has inspired other, similar events in the Seattle area.  

Witnesses to history will, at each participant’s request, record the names of the bold souls who complete the mission by signing our online blog.  www.theofficialunofficialpolarbearplunge.blogspot.com

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Polar Bear Plunge Set for January 1

Seattle Parks and Recreation and the Meadowbrook Community Center Advisory Council are co-sponsoring the ninth Annual Polar Bear Swim at high noon on Saturday, Jan. 1, 2011 at Matthews Beach, 9300 51st Ave. NE. Registration starts at around 11 a.m. by showing your official Polar Bear wrist band ceremoniously attached to your paw. Or wrist. 

There will be refreshments and a “2011 Official Patch of Courage” for all heroic polar bears who immerse themselves neck-deep in the lake, to prove to friends and loved ones they actually braved the frigid waters, which in 2008 measured at a chilly 41 degrees Fahrenheit. 

This year, dress up in a costume! Sign our memory book at www.theofficialunofficialpolarbearplunge.blogspot.com, and feel free to link information about the event on your Facebook page or tweet it! 

We’ll once again feature the new “Polar Cub Club,” a special time just before the polar bears plunge, for younger folks or people who need a little bit more room. Some people actually choose to double dip. 

At the 2010 swim, the turnout set a record, and Parks staff distributed Polar Bear Vitamins (marshmallows) to each bear who felt he or she needed an “edge.” 

Parks offers a few tips for enjoying a fun, safe swim: 

  • Come early, and carpool or take the bus.  You can plan your trip at http://tripplanner.metrokc.gov/cgi-bin/itin_page.pl?resptype=U&destloc=Matthews%20Beach%20Park  
  • If you have heart problems or other serious medical concerns, we recommend you consult your health care professional before taking the Polar Plunge. If you don’t go in the water, come and watch! 
  • Don’t drink alcohol – it doesn’t warm you up, and it accelerates hypothermia. 
  • Don’t stay in the water for longer than 15 minutes – you lose body heat 25 times faster in water than in air. 
  • Don’t take off your outer clothing until you’re ready to get in the water, and remove wet clothing before getting into dry clothes.

 Costumes are part of the fun, and are welcome! 

The Polar Bear Plunge was the first official event of its kind in the Seattle area. Janet Wilson, the Aquatic Center Coordinator at Meadowbrook Pool, started the event off on January 1, 2002. About 300 people participated in that first Polar Bear Plunge, and since then the attendance has soared to more than 1,000 brave bears of every age. The plunge has inspired other, similar events in the Seattle area.  

Witnesses to history will, at each participant’s request, record the names of the bold souls who complete the mission by signing our online blog. 

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