New Year Plunges, Dips and Dives

December 17, 2015

Photo at right: After the Polar Bear Plunge at Matthews Beach, a swimmer gives the universal hand sign for “I Love You.” Photo courtesy of Seattle Parks and Recreation

A burst of adrenaline and shouts from fellow cold-water plungers is one of the most exhilarating, if not refreshing, ways to start the new year! Commonly known as Polar Bear Plunges, these chilly dips into local waters are an annual ritual for thousands.

Here’s our schedule of several plunges, dips, or dives planned for Jan. 1, 2016, unless otherwise noted in blue.


Resolution Run and Polar Bear Dip, Bellingham, Lake Padden:
Polar Bear Dip, Birch Bay, Waterfront Park:
Polar Bear Plunge, Lacey, Long Lake Park:
Polar Bear Dip, Renton, Gene Coulon Memorial Beach Park:
Resolution Run and Polar Bear Dive, Seattle, Magnuson Park:
Polar Bear Plunge, Seattle, Matthews Beach Park:
Polar Bear Plunge, Tacoma, Point Defiance Park:
Jan. 16–Mar. 19— Special Olympics of Washington Polar Bear Dips:


Polar Bear Swim, Charleston, Sunset Bay Park:
Polar Bear Swim, Corvallis, Osborn Aquatic Center:
Jan. 2— Resolution Run and Polar Bear Dive, Newport, South Beach:
Feb. 13–27— Special Olympics Polar Plunge in Oregon:


Polar Bear Challenge, Boise, Lucky Peak Reservoir Spring Shores Marina:
A Reason for Freezin’, Coeur d’Alene, Sanders Beach:
Idaho Punk Rock Plunge, Hayden Lake:!idaho-punk-rock-plunge/c18js
Feb. 6—Special Olympics Penguin Plunge, Boise, Eagle Island State Park:

British Columbia

Polar Bear Swim, Vancouver, English Bay:
White Rock Polar Bear Swim, White Rock:

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