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Matthews Beach Polar Bear Plunge

Polar Bear Plunge at Matthews Beach: Seattle Things to Do #145

Your extensive knowledge of mathematics has probably alerted you that 2011 is a prime number, and you’re searching for something extra-special to do to start the new year. Why not make a splash in 2011 by heading down to Matthews Beach for the 9th annual Polar Bear Plunge? This was the first event of its kind in Seattle, and it stands to become a long tradition. Not only will participation in the event wake you up after a night of celebration, it will give you street cred for the rest of the year; participants all receive the Official Polar Bear Plunge Patch. And did we mention that warm food awaits you after your dip?

Here are a few (somewhat obvious) safety tips, straight from the Seattle Parks and Recreation website for the event:

  1. If you have heart problems, consult a doctor before participating.
  2. Do not stay in the water for longer than 15 minutes.
  3. Do not drink alcohol before, during, or immediately after the plunge.
  4. Change out of wet clothes immediately after the dive.

Costumes and kids are encouraged. See you at noon on January 1st!

Photo credit: seattleye on flickr

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