Polar Bear Plunge is a popular way to celebrate a New Year across the globe. Netherlands, United States of America, United Kingdom, New Zealand, South Korea, Antarctica participate in Polar Bear Swim or Plunge.
In Canada, "Polar Bear Swims", "plunges" or "dips" are a New Year's Day tradition in numerous communities across the country.In Vancouver, BC's annual Polar Bear Swim Club has been active since 1920 and typically has 1,000 to 2,000 registered participants, with a record 2,128 plunging into English Bay in 2000. Registration is not enforced and the actual number of swimmers may be significantly higher. Estimates of the number of observers are typically up to 10,000. Suburban White Rock, BC's was founded in 1958, and other suburbs including North Vancouver, Surrey, Delta and Langley also hold swims.
Kelowna also holds annual polar bear swim and this year it was as a fundraiser for Adaptive Adventures.
Today, January 1, 2020 at 2 PM people of all ages took off their own winter jackets and ran towards Okanagan Lake for a plunge. The air was filled with excitement and expectation of a miracle. To be fair, it was about 4 C and no snow on the sand or ice in the water. It was a great year to start dipping!
Lifeguards were monitoring the event and everything went smooth for every participant.