Jumping into the cold waters of the Prince Rupert harbour on Jan. 1 may not appeal to some, but for may the Polar Bear Swim is a New Year’s Day tradition.
This year, members of the Prince Rupert Rotary Club are inviting swimmers and spectators of all ages to Rushbrook Floats next Wednesday for the annual dip in the sea. Those brave souls willing to take the plunge will make their way down the boat launch at one p.m. and there is no fee associated with taking the plunge.
“It’s a great way to make a fresh start for 2014 … it’s part of our community outreach. It’s a tradition that we jump into the harbour each year. It’s a fun event, and who doesn’t want a hot dog after New Year’s Eve,” said Prince Rupert Rotary Club president Crystal Lorette
The club will also be handing out ten $10 gift cards for the swimmers, including a prize for best team costume and best costume.
“It is always great to see people dress up. The Rotary Club always has a strong team of swimmers, and I’m not sure what the costumes are this year but that is sometimes worth seeing by itself,” said Lorette.
Rotarians will be on-site serving up hot chocolate and hot dogs to those coming out of the water and those watching the festivities from the relative warmth of the shore.