Kick 2015 off right on New Year’s Day with a Polar Bear Plunge into the Gulf of Mexico in support of the South Walton Fire District.
Registration for this second-annual event starts at 11 a.m. on January 1, 2015, at Gulf Place. The plunge will begin at 1 p.m. sharp at Ed Walline Beach Access across from Gulf Place. The event will also include a $50 prize for the best costume, camp fires on the beach, hot drinks, food and live music.Participants are asked to make a $20 donation to benefit the fire district’s department relations committee. Funds go towards purchasing fire and life safety educational and promotional items such as smoke alarms, color books, and helmets.The 30A Store is printing t-shirts for the event and will have a fire pit and s’mores for roasting. All proceeds will go to the fire department.If you think you’re up for this chilly challenge, here are some Plunge pro tips!
DO…*Wear your splash ‘attire’ under your clothes – then you won’t have to worry about changing at the beach.
*Remember that you will be exiting the water quickly, so do not wear anything that may be heavy when wet. Be creative with your splash attire!
*Bring a nice big towel to dry off along with a warm change of clothing to wear when you get out of the water.
*Wear tennis or water shoes. Not only is the ground very cold, but your feet may become numb in the water.
*Bring loose fitting easy-on clothing and shoes to change into after the splash.*Bring a plastic bag for wet clothes.*Have a dry partner to take care of your belongings and take pictures while you’re in the water.
DON’T…*Don’t plunge if you have any heart or serious medical conditions.
*No diving or somersaults. The water is may be shallow!
*Don’t show up right before the splash… you may need time to mentally prepare for the splash.
*Don’t stay in longer than 15 minutes. Body heat is lost 25 times faster in water than in air.
*Don’t drink alcohol prior to the splash. Despite what you think, alcohol does not warm you up, it accelerates hypothermia.
*Don’t forget to smile and have fun!In the event of Red Flag Conditions, the plunge will relocate to the Gulf Place Community Park Pool.