Polar Bear Plunge California Style


To start out their New Year, willing participants jump into the frigid waters of a public pool. This day the air temp was 50 degrees and the water temperature a crisp 39 degrees.

The woman in the middle wearing the water wings was a local media anchor who participated. The event was a fund-raiser for recreational swimming programs.

Polar Bear Plunges are popular in cold, winter climates, making the plunge something to dread and remember. Here in Northern California, this is as close to cold as it gets.


16 thoughts on “Polar Bear Plunge California Style

  1. We are only a week away from our mid-winter polar plunge here – a bunch of crazies all go for a dip in the ocean. Our mornings low temperatures are usually around freezing … not for me thanks – I wouldn’t even do it in California πŸ™‚

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  2. I like the expression on the media anchor’s face as she is jumping in! Great shot!
    It’s funny how the changing of seasons makes me forget about the cold of winter…now with the heat and humidity, it seems like winter was never here!
    I have never done a Polar Bear Plunge but they have one at Coney Island every year…Geez, I could never do it…I shiver even at the slightest drop in water temperature in the shower!
    Have a lovely Saturday my friend!

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    1. Aww, come on Lia, don’t you want to freeze your fanny off? I don’t know if I would do it either, except with my random hot flashes it would probably feel lovely, LOL. Heading out to the delta for some water time this weekend. You enjoy your weekend too.

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      1. LOL! Nah, I prefer the heat to the cold any day! :-)))
        Enjoy the delta! Sounds lovely!!!
        Cheers my friend! Happy weekend!!!

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  3. 1) Regarding your Arctic Plunge, you said, “This is as close as it gets.” For your participants, I am sure there is much rejoicing over that.

    2) The woman anchor in the middle looks like she’s on her cell phone. Now THAT by itself might make the 11 o clock news.

    3) Having been born and bred in the permafrost-laden tundra on Southern Alberta an hour north of Montana, I have only this small tidbit of encouragement to offer…..WUSSES! Suck it up, buttercup! I’ve had colder experiences talking to my kids about about the birds and the bees! (just kidding, California, relax… πŸ™‚ )

    Awesome stuff, Terri. πŸ˜‰

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  4. In Wisconsin, charity groups often do a Polar Plunge. Usually there is ice on the lake and you can see your breath. I have not done it, but I have been a contributor many times.

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