What do you do on the first day of the new year? Some of you may start working on your resolutions, take down Christmas decorations or sleep and recover from you hangover. You could also be like thousands of other people all around the world though and spend the day taking a dip in freezing cold waters!
People have been participating in Polar Bear Plunges all around the world for years. Some people do it to raise money for charities, and many of those tend to be for state Special Olympics. Though not held on New Year’s Day, one popular plunge that raises money for the Special Olympics is the Maryland State Police Polar Bear Plunge. The 17th annual plunge will be held this weekend, and almost $1.5 million has already been donated!
Other people take the plunge for an adrenaline rush. I read in the CNN article, Are Polar Bear Plunges Good for You? by Olivia B. Waxman, that while talking about his plunge at Coney Island in New York, MTV Jersey Shore’s Vinny Guadagnino told OK! Magazine, “You get a rush when you’re there because there are so many people doing it. It’s definitely like a shot of adrenaline.”
If you have a Polar Bear Plunge on your bucket list, CRI is here to help you cross it off! On Monday, January 28, our Aquatics Program will be holding the 3rd annual Polar Bear Plunge at the RAC outdoor pool from 6:30 to 8 p.m.
For anyone who has done it in the past and thought it wasn’t cold enough, we have something new for this year’s plunge. We are adding ice to the pool, and we want to see who is tough enough to brave the cold and even play a game of volleyball or basketball! After participating, we will be serving hot chocolate and giving away prizes as well!
Waxman also wrote in her CNN article that, “People with a family history of stroke, aneurysm, blood pressure problems, hypertension, or sudden cardiac death should be extra cautious and should probably be evaluated by a doctor before jumping in near-freezing water.”
Our pool water may not be as cold as the Atlantic Ocean where some of these events are held, but we still want you to be safe and cautious before taking the plunge with us on Monday!
If you have any advice for first time polar plungers or want to share your experience, we want to hear about it!
I hope to see you there!