Polar Plunge

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#1
Roswell Ga
17 Posts
Joined Jan 2013
What is the Polar Plunge and do all of the ship offer it. We are on Silver Cloud Explorer in February.


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#2
9,609 Posts
Joined May 2009
On our Lindblad/Nat Geo expedition in 2013 on the National Geographic Explorer, the Polar Plunge was getting to jump off a platform on the side of the ship into the 29-degree F Antarctic waters wearing only a bathing suit. AWESOME! Not to be missed, imho.

I suspect it's something similar on other ships that offer this. I can only speak from my personal experience.

My journal entry (with photos) from that day:

https://antarcticjourney.wordpress.c...-and-a-plunge/
#3
Oslo, Norway
1,561 Posts
Joined Aug 2006
It's a chance to "swim" in the polar waters. The logistics vary depending on the ship and the expedition staff. Sometimes it's a jump from the landing deck or from a zodiac, but most of the time it's a run into the water from the beach at Deception Island.

Word has it that Ponant stopped allowing it in 2015, but someone shared in the discussion that Silversea Explorer still allowed them to do the beach run version. And they have a blurb about the tethered version on their website, but it's from 2014 and seems a bit outdated, since the warm-weather pool concept described at the top is now very much frowned upon under the IAATO rules due to the disruption of the environment.
#4
9,609 Posts
Joined May 2009
Originally posted by kaisatsu

Word has it that Ponant stopped allowing it in 2015, but someone shared in the discussion that Silversea Explorer still allowed them to do the beach run version. And they have a blurb about the tethered version on their website, but it's from 2014
That's quite a photo, thanks for sharing. So people were "tethered" to a crew member in the zodiac? I had no idea this was one way of doing it. (I've just Googled it to learn more.)

On our plunge that I described above (untethered), the ship's doctor was on hand on the platform the entire time (in a warm parka!), and crew members began pulling you out of the water as you surfaced.

Again, it was awesome!
#6
Nova Scotia Canada
4,660 Posts
Joined Feb 2009
This wife did not say she watched: she was the official photographer as crazy DH and at least a third of the passengers ran into the water at Deception Bay.
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