5 Training Tips for Polar Bear Dips

With very little time till the annual Polar Bear Dip on January 1st, 2017, we've got the inside scoop on Canada's largest charity polar bear plunge. Todd "Dr. Freeze" Courage and Trent "Dr. Thaw" Courage, co-founders of the Courage Polar Bear Dip, have a helpful guide for dippers old and new.

Dip Tip #1: CHILLAX! Don't overthink it, just do it. It's brisk with minimal risk. It's a chance to be a superstar to friends and family and a champion for children at the same time. That's all you need to think about --- so long as a real doctor gives you the thumbs up.

Dip Tip #2: CHOOSE YOUR CHILL. Are you the type to dive right in? Or more of a slow descent? You need to answer that age-old question in advance, not on dip day as you approach the frigid shoreline.

Dip Tip #3: PRACTICE YOUR SCREAM. Sudden exposure to wintry waters can lead to involuntary expletives. Remember this is a family event. Practice screaming in an age-appropriate way. Suggestions might include: "Oh FUDGE! Fudge! Fudge! Fudge!" or "Oh SUGAR! Sugar! Sugar! Sugar!" Practice makes perfect.

Dip Tip #4: WARM YOUR HEART. For many it takes more courage to ask for donations from loved ones than it takes to actually turn yourself into an iced latte. Don't be shy, it's for a very worthy cause.

Dip Tip #5: TAKE BABY PENGUIN STEPS. Polar preppers should slowly build their tolerance to Arctic conditions. Take colder and colder showers and brave the "icy cask of courage" by submerging your feet into a bucket of ice water. You'll turn dip day into a piece of ice cream cake!   

To sign up and take the plunge, or to find our more, visit the Courage Polar Bear Dip website. 

A brave few participate in the Courage Polar Bear Pre-dip this December 2016