You don't want to miss this....join Eric and Jenn as they take the plunge into the Gulf of Mexico at High Noon on January 1, 2017. For those of you who may not know, the Polar Bear Dip is where it all started for the bride and groom. In the true spirit of the dip (entering into the new year with a clean heart, soul, and mind), they spent their first day together at the 2015 dip, then became engaged during the 2016 dip! This is one celebration they hope to continue for many years to come.
Despite what you may fear, the water is refreshing and typically is warmer than the air temperature - last year, the water was 59 degrees!!!
As veterans of this event, Eric and Jenn recommend the following:
- Do it!! Thousands of people of all ages come from around the world to participate in this event
- Feel free to wear funny costumes, if desired. This is a common practice of many dippers!
- Come and watch the dipping spectacle, even if you decide not to dip
- Wear your bathing suit under a set of clothes; disrobe about 5 minutes before the dip to adjust to the temperature
- Run in the water as far as you can (dive under if you are feeling exceptionally frisky - Eric has been known to drag Jenn out into the deep)
- Bring a waterproof camera, if you have one (you will want to capture this moment)!
- Bring a bathrobe or large towel to wrap-up following the dip
- Pack an extra set of clothes to change in to after the dip (sweat pants and fuzzy socks are a must)!
- Plan to stay and enjoy a free New Year's Day meal, a beer or two, and listen to the awesome live music on one of the Flora-Bama stages