Plunging into cold water does come with risks. Below are some of our tips for how to make sure that you are plunging carefully. Remember: be smart, safe, and aware of your limits.
Before you plunge, it is a good idea to practice exposing yourself to cold water in a controlled environment (see Ways to Plunge). It is recommended to wear water resistant attire, some even plunge with footwear on to protect their feet. You should also have a dry towel, footwear and clothes readily available for when you finish your plunge.
Limit Your Time
You are free to get out as soon as you jump or you can participate in the 2-minute challenge. It is best to limit the amount of time you spend in the cold water to no longer than 5 minutes.
Don't overthink, just jump. This is a chance to challenge yourself, but you don't have to take the plunge alone. Have fun with it and invite your friends and family to join you!
Be aware of any health conditions you have that may be triggered by the cold water. Before plunging, you should talk to your doctor if you have high blood pressure or sugar levels, a heart condition, or other health concerns.
Don't Do This At Home
The Perth Polar Bear Plunge will have medical professionals on scene in case of emergency. DO NOT attempt to jump into a freezing lake or river by yourself.
You are responsible for following the proper polar plunge protocols and safety tips that have been provided. Make sure you stay informed and exercise caution. Plunge safely!
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