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"Polar Bears" To Mark 100th Anniversary

 
 
Reply Wed 1 Jan, 2003 08:54 am
For those not in the know, the "Polar Bears" is a swimming club in Coney Island, Brooklyn, New York. Every New Years Day, for 100 years, they have marked the occasion by swimming in the frigid Atlantic:

Link To Polar Bears 100th Anniversary Story

Why do you think that people swim in frigid water FOR FUN? Would YOU ever consider joining a Polar Bear Club? Have you ever done anything as goofy as that?
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New Haven
 
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Reply Wed 1 Jan, 2003 09:06 am
No! I wouldn't go swiming in the frigid waters.

I would go to a nice, hot steaming sauna however! Razz
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Walter Hinteler
 
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Reply Wed 1 Jan, 2003 09:14 am
Well, when having looked at their webside, I noticed that
"The history of the club is rooted in the European tradition of saunas and cold-water bathing. The Polar Bear Club, "was a reason and a way to keep the bathhouses busy at Coney Island," says McGann. These days, the bathhouses are gone but some swimmers remain. " And they stay just some minutes in the water.

Polar Bears website

Actually, this is done quite a lot here in Europe (and in some places with an ever much longer tradition as well) - not only as a saune pleasure, but just for fun and fitness (they are makings holes in the ice of the Moscow-river!).

However, I personally even try to avoid the cold water swimming in a sauna!
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New Haven
 
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Reply Wed 1 Jan, 2003 09:18 am
There's a group of people in South Boston, who go to the ocean naked during the cold of winter. I don't remember what their name is. Mr. Green
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au1929
 
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Reply Wed 1 Jan, 2003 09:25 am
Just the thought of it makes me cold. Brrr Rolling Eyes
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mikey
 
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Reply Wed 1 Jan, 2003 09:27 am
L street brownies is the club in South Boston.
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New Haven
 
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Reply Wed 1 Jan, 2003 09:32 am
Do you know why they have the name "Brownies"?
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mikey
 
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Reply Wed 1 Jan, 2003 09:33 am
i can only imagine lol
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gezzy
 
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Reply Wed 1 Jan, 2003 04:08 pm
LOL. I hate the cold in general, so I would never even consider it. Just the thought sends chills up my spine. Brrrrrrrr!!!!
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gezzy
 
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Reply Wed 1 Jan, 2003 04:09 pm
The sauna sounds wonderful though :-D
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Mr Stillwater
 
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Reply Sun 5 Jan, 2003 11:45 pm
Sydney's Bondi Beach has a very famous club "The Bondi Icebergs" started in 1929 for the very same purpose (ie freezing your nuts off).

http://www.icebergs.com.au/history/swimming/jj.htm

You can note that the white blobs in the water are actual blocks of ice!
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Diane
 
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Reply Mon 6 Jan, 2003 07:56 am
There are a couple of groups here in Connecticut that take the plunge for charity.

The participants get pledges of money from friends and hand it in to the organizers and the charity, in this case it was the Special Olympics. I think they have raised as much as $30,000 in one day.

Thank heaven for wild people who love a challenge!
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