2012 Polar Bear Swim back for 92nd edition on January 1, 2012
Kick start 2012 and wash away the 2011 cobwebs by taking a dip in English Bay on New Year’s Day. The 92nd annual Polar Bear Swim takes place at 2:30 p.m. on January 1.
Swimmers have been starting the New Year with a dip in the chilly waters of English Bay since 1920 and each year thousands converge on the beach to take a dip or watch those that do. Whether a first time Polar Bear swimmer or someone who’s carrying on a decades-long tradition, everyone is welcome.
“For as long as most of us can remember the Polar Bear swim has been part of many people’s holiday to-do lists including mine,” says Park Board Chair Constance Barnes. “If you are joining us, help make a difference and bring a non-perishable food item or cash donation for the Greater Vancouver Food Bank.”
Last year new record of 2,246 swimmers participated in the Polar Bear swim. The previous record participation was in 2000 with 2,128 brave swimmers taking the plunge.
- Registration begins at 12:30 p.m. at the bathhouse, English Bay
- Registration is free and includes membership in the Polar Bear Club and a commemorative button (limited quantity)
- Swim starts at 2:30 p.m. sharp
- First three swimmers to reach the marker buoy in the 100 yard race receive trophies
- Arrive early to get a good spot
- Swimmers should have a warm blanket or change of clothes handy
- Children must be accompanied by an adult
- Dog owners are asked to leave their pets at home
- The Greater Vancouver Food Bank will be accepting non-perishable food and cash donations