The Polar Bear Plunge is Back!

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Tandra Smith

Georgia Southern’s aquatics program is hosting their annual Polar Bear Plunge event on January 25th at 6:30pm at the RAC Outdoor Pool.

“[The Polar Bear Plunge event] is a fun opportunity for students to experience what it might feel like to be up North,” Tanner Deisch, aquatics program director for Campus Recreation & Intramurals, said. “We get it as cold as we can.”

Prolific amounts of ice will be added to the RAC pool, and participants are encouraged to play water volleyball and basketball in order to keep active and the blood flowing while in the icy water.

Around 55 to 60 people participate in the event every year. Deisch said that last year’s event was historically small due to the cold weather.

“If the weather continues to be cold, then the turnout will be about the same,” Deisch said. “If the weather is nicer, there could be more [participants].”

There will be a few new things about the event this year. There will be a lot more interactive games than in past years, so students aren’t just hanging around the pool without anything to do. In addition, there will be a team leader helping lead the various games.

They will be serving cookies and hot chocolate, and anyone willing to participate with compete for many different prizes.