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The Polar Bear Plunge

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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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[font=trebuchet ms,helvetica,sans-serif][i]Wear your plunge ‘attire’ under your clothes - then you don’t have to change into them at the plunge.[/i][/font]

[font=trebuchet ms,helvetica,sans-serif][i]Remember that you will be exiting the water quickly, so do not wear anything that may be heavy when wet.[/i][/font]

[font=trebuchet ms,helvetica,sans-serif][i]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.[/i][/font]

[font=trebuchet ms,helvetica,sans-serif][i]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.[/i][/font]

[font=trebuchet ms,helvetica,sans-serif][i]Bring loose fitting easy-on clothing and shoes to change into after the plunge. Your fingers and toes won’t be working so well![/i][/font]

[font=trebuchet ms,helvetica,sans-serif][i]Bring a plastic bag for wet clothes.[/i][/font]


[font=trebuchet ms,helvetica,sans-serif][i]I plan on hitting up the Great Lakes again this February. This will be my third time.[/i][/font]
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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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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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[quote name='Ragin'Raven' timestamp='1358563691' post='1317201']
We actually had polar bear plunges in Florida. My husband participated in one in Jacksonville. :)
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How warm was the water, 70 degrees?! 80?! :shark:
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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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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!!!

[img]http://i21.photobucket.com/albums/b300/K-Dog7469/IMG_8772_zpsa2258363.jpg[/img]

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

[img]http://i21.photobucket.com/albums/b300/K-Dog7469/2013-01-26_13-17-03_65.jpg[/img]

Feelin' a little better post plunge.
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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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[quote name='flaccopoe' timestamp='1359865648' post='1339206']
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.
[/quote]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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[quote name='Miami Hurricane' timestamp='1359865945' post='1339217']
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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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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[quote name='flaccopoe' timestamp='1359866155' post='1339231']


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!
[/quote]haha I enjoy cold weather unfortunately we never get any in sunny south flurda.
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