Sunday, January 4, 2015

Polar Bear Splash

Fifteen hardy people jumped into the freezing water yesterday at the Prescott Valley swimming pool for the annual Polar Bear Splash. That's snow behind them. It was about 34 degrees Fahrenheit outside. (1.1C) The water temperature was 33F.

 Gasps could be heard from the swimmers when they jumped in.
















This guy had his own camera strapped on.
















Meanwhile, kids had some fun with this big snowball slingshot.

11 comments:

Andy said...

Fun to watch. Me participating is out of the question. :)

Stefan Jansson said...

Does it count if you do it in a swimming-pool? Over here they do it in the ocean.

Mersad said...

Those GoPro cameras are great for underwater photos!

Mersad
Mersad Donko Photography

Mike Nice said...

That's definitely cold - any colder and there would be floating ice!

Lowell said...

You have really crazy people up there, too. I will not go into the ocean or a pool or a lake if the water isn't at least 82 degrees. What's wrong with these people? :)

EG CameraGirl said...

Believe it or not, this craziness goes on in Canada too...even though fire departments have to chop holes in the ice for the "Polar Bears."

Sharon Anck said...

It just goes to prove that crazy people exist all over the world.

Kathy said...

I can't imagine the shock of hitting that water. For that matter, you were pretty grave to just go and be a spectator! It's in the high 30s here and I'm freezing!

William Kendall said...

It's done here too. They break open a section of ice on the Ottawa River and have it done there. I know in southern Ontario where I grew up, it generally is held on beaches at Lake Ontario.

Randy said...

Brave bears.

MJ said...

Missing Prescott, even in the snow! Here in SE Wisconsin, they do the Polar Bear plunge in icy Lake Michigan. Fortunately it was a balmy day in the teens. Tonight, it's 6 below!