Trade your winter coat for a swimsuit at the free 2017 Polar Bear Plunge. Be brave: Jump into 2017! Go knee high, waist deep or take the full plunge!
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Polar Bear Plunge
January 1, 2017
11:30 a.m. | Free | All Ages
More info: metroparkstacoma.org
Point Defiance Boat Launch
5912 N. Waterfront Drive in Point Defiance Park, Tacoma
Kick off the new year with a cool tradition—a refreshing plunge into invigorating Puget Sound!
Jump into the water with other jubilant merrymakers at the 6th annual Polar Bear Plunge held January 1 at Point Defiance Marina.
The event is free and takes place rain or shine at the Point Defiance boat launch, located at 5912 N. Waterfront Drive in Point Defiance Park. For the safety of participants life jackets will available and lifeguards will be stationed on the docks.
Daring folks who jump in can warm up afterward in heating tents, sip free hot drinks, and purchase treats from the snack bar. Changing tents will be available.
Volunteers are always needed to serve refreshments or set up and take down after the event. Contact Gene at [email protected] to volunteer.
Point Defiance Marina has anchored the northeast side of Point Defiance Park since 1944, when it replaced the original boathouse pavilion of the early 1900s. While down at the waterfront stop by to browse the gift shop, rent a boat or sign up for a boating or fishing class.
Healthy plunge guidelines:
- Anyone with a history of heart problems should talk to their healthcare provider before participating in the Polar Bear Plunge.
- Stay away from alcohol. Alcohol does not warm you up, it accelerates hypothermia.
- Don’t stay in the water longer than 15 minutes. Body heat is lost 25 times faster in the water
than in air. Puget Sound water temperature is around 45 degrees this time of year.
- To keep warm—wait until immediately before entering the water to remove any extra clothing worn over your swimsuit or plunge outfit.
- Don’t forget to bring dry clothes and a towel.
- Service animals only are allowed in the water with participants, all other animals must stay on
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