Polar Bear Swim 2012

Just throwing it out there 'cuz some G Adventurers are taking the plunge! The Vancouver Polar Bear Swim Club is one of the largest and oldest Polar Bear Clubs in the world. Its initial swim was in 1920 when a small number of hardy swimmers took the plunge into English Bay on New Year's Day. Led by their founder, Peter Pantages, the swim has grown from around 10 swimmers in that year to the new record of 2,246 official entries set in 2011. The swim takes place at 2:30pm on the first day of each new year. Costumes and the Peter Pantages Memorial 100 yard swim race are the highlights of this event. To be a club member you must register before the swim -- it's free. Registration takes place in front of the English Bay Bathhouse from 12:30pm - 2:30pm each New Year's Day. You may also register by clipping out the coupon in The Province and presenting it at the registration desk the day of the swim. Prizes are drawn from all registrations. Donation of non-perishable food or cash accepted by the Greater Vancouver Food Bank. Dare to start the new year off in this manner? ;)

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  • Sima

    It was fun & exciting. For those of you who are interested to do it but scared of cold weather & water: walk 10 minutes, warm up your body little bit and wear your swim wear & plastic shoes and dip into water. It's so good and not cold at all. :-)

    January 2, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Thanks everybody for being up for the challenge, it should be a great adventure; have a great time at the Polar Bear Swim!

    December 30, 2011

  • A former member
    A former member

    a dedicated polar bear!

    December 1, 2011

  • Cynthia

    Oh, I wish I could be there!! I'll be in California watching our beloved Canucks play but driving straight from YVR to English Bay on January 2nd to take my 8th plunge (a little late). It's the best way to start the year!!

    December 1, 2011

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