Brrring in 2017 by diving into the Three Tree Point Polar Bear Plunge Sunday!


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Photo of 2014 Polar Bear Plunge courtesy Jana Kleitsch. Click image to see larger version.

Here’s a great, fun way to ring in the New Year– this coming Sunday (Jan. 1) dive into 2017 at the annual Polar Bear Plunge, starting at Noon in the 3400 block of 172nd SW Street (map below) in Burien’s Three Tree Point neighborhood

This annual New Year’s Day tradition will continue with crisp and refreshing saltwater, along with all the trappings that make this the perfect way to start the new year (and perhaps cure a hangover).

One of the more festive parts of this community event is the awarding of the Polar Bear Plunge champion trophy – which consists of a Polar Bear figure on a piece of driftwood – chosen during the event by regulars and previous award-winners. TIP: usually, the “most exuberant” plunger wins, but recently some fully costumed plungers have taken home the prize (HINT: I wonder where one could find an orange wig and an ill-fitting suit?).

And to add some more excitement to the event – this Jan. 1, 2017, the Weather Peeps are predicting:

“A 30 percent chance of snow showers. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 37. New snow accumulation of less than a half inch possible.”

If snowflakes are indeed falling on your bare skin – then the 40-45 degree Puget Sound will feel like jumping into a hot tub!

Here are some Hints and Safety Tips:

  • Dress Up in costume to add whimsy (and perhaps win the prize!)
  • Come early, as parking is limited. Carpool or come by boat!
  • Anyone with heart problems should consult your health care provider before participating. If you don’t participate, you’re still welcome to join and watch.
  • Do Not Drink. Alcohol does not warm you up. It accelerates hypothermia.
  • Do Not Stay In The Water Longer Than 15 Minutes. Body heat is lost 30 times faster in the water than in air.
  • Keep Your Outer Clothing On until swim time and remove any wet clothing before getting back into dry clothes. Bring big dry towels to warm up after you plunge!
  • Have Fun!

Here’s video of the 2016 plunge as shot and edited by Scott Schaefer:

Here’s a cool slo-mo video courtesy Saundra Mock:

Here are some excellent photos courtesy Elston Hill (click images to see larger versions/slideshow):

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And here are some great photos courtesy Jana Kleitsch (click images to see larger versions/slideshow):

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Check out our extensive prior Polar Bear Plunge coverage here.

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