Top 5 Polar Plunge Tips

Critical Tips from A Polar Plunging Expert

This year’s Polar Plunge is coming up quick and The Duluth Experience Team is taking the plunge this year to support Special Olympics Athletes in Minnesota. We’re lucky because we’ve got an in-house Polar Plunging expert – Jonee Vance. Yay! Thanks to Jonee’s leadership and experience, we’re ready to plunge.

If you’re planning to plunge… you rock! We’ll see you there. If you want to get involved consider joining The Duluth Experience Team or making a donation!

In the meantime, check out Jonee’s Top 5 Polar Plunge Tips and get ready for your plunge! Cheers!

1. Think Warm, Drink Warm

It’s gonna be cold folks and the best way to prepare is to think warm and drink warm. This is as much a physical challenge as it is a mental challenge. In fact, a bit of meditation before your plunge can actually raise your core temperature at will. It’s true. Researchers have discovered that breathing techniques practiced by Tibetan monks can stimulate their metabolism and generate heat. According to the study, one of the techniques involves deep concentration while envisioning flames at the base of the spine. Mind over matter? Maybe a little sno-ga?

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Try a little ice yoga before your plunge. Dude… wear some shoes. Image: The Duluth Experience.

Related: Learn More About Duluth’s Polar Plunge

If meditation isn’t your thing, or you want a little bit of physical support, sip warm fluids prior to the plunge. Although drinking a piping-hot cup of coffee or tea won’t do much to raise your core body temperature, it will briefly warm up your hands, mouth and stomach… and it tastes and feels good.

2. Costumes are Great (but the less clothing… the better)

Cool costumes will keep you warm. Just kidding. They will, however, make you look super awesome as you prepare to jump in the icy waters. Lots of folks coordinate Team costumes… you’ll have to wait and see what The Duluth Experience comes up with. One important consideration is that you should minimize the clothing that you wear as part of your costume. The more fabric there is, the more ice you’ll have to deal as your clothing freezes.

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Jonee (red hat) and her crew do the Plunge. Image: Mix 108.

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It’s also a good idea to bring a bag for dry clothes and a plastic bag for your wet clothes after you’ve plunged. Try to bring a dry change of clothing that is easy to put on. The last thing you want to deal with when you’re cold and wet are clumsy zippers and buttons!

3. Bring a Towel

This is pretty much common sense but you’d be surprised at how many folks forget their towel. Don’t do it. You’ll want a towel… big time.

4. Wear Shoes… and Bring an Extra Pair

Everyone jumping is required to wear shoes (sneakers work great). Make sure to wear a pair of shoes that you don’t mind getting wet. You’ll have to walk onto the ice and you may have to wait a moment for folks ahead of you to jump. Without shoes… your feet will freeze to the ground and that’s a major problem.

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Make sure to bring an extra set of dry shoes to wear after your plunge! Image” The Duluth Experience.

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Here’s the most important piece of advice we’ll give you: don’t forget to bring a pair of dry shoes to wear afterwards!

5. Have a Post-Plunge Warm-Up Plan

You’ve jumped into the water, you’re shivering and smiling, and wondering what’s next. Well, we recommend you stop into one of the local watering holes and get yourself a victory beverage. The event takes place in Canal Park so you’ve got a lot of great options. Just make a plan and celebrate with your Team!

What is the Polar Plunge?

The annual Polar Plunge challenge engages thousands of brave jumpers at numerous locations around the state for a common cause. It’s a great way for everyone—individuals, organizations and businesses—to get involved in supporting Special Olympics Minnesota. The best part… all of the money raised goes to programming and events for more than 8,200 Minnesota athletes.

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Infographic showing how Polar Plunge donations are used. Image:

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Make a donation to The Duluth Experience Polar Plunge Team by visiting our Polar Plunge Team Page.

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