Photographer: David Williams. As I opened my window blinds on Sunday morning, January 3,I found myself humming the Rocky theme song. I knew it was going to be one of those days that took me way out of my comfort zone, and I was nervous but very excited.
First, there was the Polar Bear Plunge. Credit: Peter Cooper. Taking your clothes off in the name of body positivity during summer is one thing.
Or you could do it by plunging half-naked into a freezing body of water, cleansing your soul of the toxins from the evening prior. Canadians right across the country opt for the latter as part of the Polar Bear Swim, an annual event often held on New Year's Day, whose history in the Great White North dates back almost years. A polar bear swim consists of a jump into frigid waters and emerging when one can stand it no more.
Organized init is one of the oldest such clubs in the United States. Winter swimming in South Boston began in the 19th century, by some accounts as early as The practice was likely introduced by European immigrants, who believed that cold water plunges followed by saunas or steam baths were good for one's health.
Updated June 22, A record number of naked backsides have galloped down a Hobart beach into the water for the annual mad dash of Dark Mofo's winter solstice nude swim. With the air temperature hovering around 7 degrees Celsius, a record number of participants arrived in the dark to don red swimming caps supplied by organisers and steel themselves for the event, held annually as part of the Museum of Old and New Art's MONA festival of the bizarre.
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It's the fifth year area nudist groups will be holding the skinny-dipping version of the traditional polar bear plunge, in the icy waters of Boundary Bay at the naked-friendly Crescent Rock Beach. Prizes will be handed out to youngest and oldest competitors, longest swim time, and best festive costume -- though organizers note that "less is often more. The charity event will collect cash donations benefiting the War Amps Playsafe and childhood amputee programs.
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Thanks Lamb. I recall telling Brett this a couple of years ago… that the Lake always rolls over the Canada Day long weekend. But true to form Lake O rolled over this weekend… as it has 5 of the last 6 years on this date.
The subject who is truly loyal to the Chief Magistrate will neither advise nor submit to arbitrary measures. Paul Patterson has seen a lot of Canadians throw themselves into icy water, but the pandemonium at Zwicker Lake, N. Sandi Falconer. First Person is a daily personal piece submitted by readers.