Polar Bear Dive day is upon us.
At noon tomorrow, Jan 1, 2012, Whidbey Islanders will join other polar bears around the world in welcoming the New Year by running shrieking into water that’s about 1/3 their body temperature.
I’ve never done it, but this year I’m considering, because I’ve been reading The Flinch, which is about facing things that make us recoil in horror. The Polar Bear Dive strikes me as the Mother-of-All-Flinches.
The 2012 dive goes down at Double Bluff beach, near Freeland.
Registration starts at 10:30.
That’s where my Flinch takes over – right there at that lag.
What happens between signing the medical release at 10:30 and actually rushing into the near freezing water an hour and a half later? Sit in the car with the motor running? Head to the nearest bar to get buzzed on hot buttered rums?
Personally, I’d much prefer to sign one minute and plunge the next, before I have time to come to my senses.
Whidbey awoke this morning to ice coating everything and a white frosted beach. Tonight rain and snow are forecast. So the morning should be just about right for polar bears.
More info at the Whidbey PBD Facebook Page.
Photo of Polar Bear testing the water is from Nathan 2009‘s Photo Stream.