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#1 K-Dog

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Posted 17 January 2013 - 08:51 PM

I am doing this for my first time this year.
Has any one else done it?

Any secret insider tips I should know about ?
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Posted 17 January 2013 - 08:56 PM

Have fun!

Wear clothes! Have a change or two ready with maybe an extra jacket!
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Posted 17 January 2013 - 09:03 PM

Wear your plunge ‘attire’ under your clothes - then you don’t have to change into them at the plunge.

Remember that you will be exiting the water quickly, so do not wear anything that may be heavy when wet.

Bring a robe, blanket, towel or jacket to wear while waiting to plunge and for when you get out of the water. A towel to dry off as well as an extra towel to stand on is also a good idea.

Wear tennis or water shoes. Not only is the ground freezing, but your feet will be numb in the water and it’s good precaution.

Bring loose fitting easy-on clothing and shoes to change into after the plunge. Your fingers and toes won’t be working so well!

Bring a plastic bag for wet clothes.


I plan on hitting up the Great Lakes again this February. This will be my third time.
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Posted 17 January 2013 - 09:25 PM

I wish i had a way up there i really want to go up there and do it I mean it seems really fun just really cold
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Posted 17 January 2013 - 11:09 PM

After you dress post-swim, do some intense physical exercises: suicides, pushups, crunches, etc. The workout will rapidly heat your body.
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Posted 18 January 2013 - 08:12 PM

thanks for the great advice and tips !!!!
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Posted 18 January 2013 - 09:46 PM

Make sure you bring someone along to hold your towel, robe, coat, whatever for when you get out of the water. You're going to want to warm up quickly.


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Posted 18 January 2013 - 09:48 PM

We actually had polar bear plunges in Florida. My husband participated in one in Jacksonville. :)
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Posted 18 January 2013 - 09:55 PM

We actually had polar bear plunges in Florida. My husband participated in one in Jacksonville. :)


How warm was the water, 70 degrees?! 80?! :shark:
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Posted 18 January 2013 - 10:04 PM

60's is more like it. It's not the frigid temperature that you get in the North, but it's still a fun event. :)
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Posted 18 January 2013 - 10:12 PM

I've done it! It's fun! The last time I did was in 2010 and it was snowing like crazy. Made it even more fun! I agree about wanting to have someone there to hold your stuff and the water shoes or shoes you don't mind ruining. Oh and also you could always go in costume to make it interesting. I dressed up the year it snowed. :)

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Posted 26 January 2013 - 07:47 PM

Boy was that ever cold.

Thanks for the tips every one. It all turned out great.

My toes were numb for about an hour but that was the worst of it.

I just might do this again.

Check out the look of intensity on my face!!!

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Or maybe "Good God its cold, where is my towel ! "

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Feelin' a little better post plunge.

Edited by K-Dog, 26 January 2013 - 07:48 PM.

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Posted 02 February 2013 - 11:27 PM

I knew someone who fell through a frozen pool once. Luckily, his house was just a couple of feet away, so he was able to warm up quickly after escaping.

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Posted 02 February 2013 - 11:32 PM

I knew someone who fell threw a frozen pool once. Luckily, his house was just a couple of feet away, so he was able to warm up quickly after escaping.

I fell in a frozen stream once when posing for a picture. It was a bit of a shock to the system but it wasn't too bad.
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Posted 02 February 2013 - 11:35 PM

I fell in a frozen stream once when posing for a picture. It was a bit of a shock to the system but it wasn't too bad.


The most dangerous part can be escaping through the hole in the ice. If you fall deep, you might not be able to find where you entered and you won't be able too break the icy ceiling, as water slows you down significantly. I'm glad I don't live in a part of the world where this is an issue!
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Posted 02 February 2013 - 11:42 PM

The most dangerous part can be escaping through the hole in the ice. If you fall deep, you might not be able to find where you entered and you won't be able too break the icy ceiling, as water slows you down significantly. I'm glad I don't live in a part of the world where this is an issue!

haha I enjoy cold weather unfortunately we never get any in sunny south flurda.
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