1. What should I wear?
Good question! What you plunge in is totally up to you! Costumes are totally encouraged (and there's a prize for best costume!), uniforms are great, or just your scivvy's are fine too. Experienced plungers almost always wear footwear of some kind, so that's a hot tip. Try not to wear things that will come off in the water - we don't need the fishies eating your plastic glued on decor for the rest of the spring.
2. An awesome donor gave me a cheque/cash in person instead of online! What do I do??
Congrats! While getting online donations is best, some people just like to see the money change hands. If someone hands you a donation in person, you can enter their contribution as an offline donation onto you fundraising page so that you can track your total and add to the overall goal. Then, hand in any cash or cheque donations to the event either on Friday, April 6th, between 5-8 pm at Prince Arthur Hotel, or at the event (Saturday, April 7th) between 10 - 11:30 am!
3. What kind of set up will be at the Plunge site?
Good question! It's pretty simple. There's a spectator area, there's a hole carved in the ice near where the boats put in at the marina, and a few brave divers will be in the water to assist you out after you plunge. After you plunge, a large heated tent will be set up for you to change into some warm and dry clothes. Your registration comes with an awesome Thunder Bay Polar Bear Plunge towel, but there's no harm in bringing an extra!
4. Can my friends and family come and watch?
Yes please! Spectators are welcome! And better yet, if you have any who would like to volunteer, tell them to sign up here! Remember, plunging starts at 12:00 pm sharp, and it goes pretty quick! Community teams and Individuals plunge at 12:00 - 12:20 and Cool School Teams plunge at 12:20 - 12:40.
5. Can I sign up team members myself?
Not really. We want to make sure that everyone has read and understands the waiver and knows the details! You can invite people to join your team on your fundraising page, send them the sign up link, and get them started. If you have any issues signing up, please feel free to contact us!
6. I don't really swim (especially when I can't feel my limbs in near freezing water!) Now what?
Ok- well mad props to you! Here's a few things that should help you feel better. The water is not very deep - about 3 feet only. And, there are divers in the water who will help you out right away! And, if you're still not sure, make a lifejacket part of your costume! There's no shame here! This is all for fun and all for great community causes!
7. Will there be food and drinks?
Oh heck yes there will be! On site we'll have hot chocolate and coffee for plungers. Then, everyone is invited to come to the awards lunch at the Prince Arthur Hotel from 1-3 pm for lunch and an awards presentation.
8. Where should I park?
There's plenty of space to park at the Marina. The Plunge takes place at the boat launch area of the Marina, so try to park in around there. It'll get busy though so bring some warm clothes to walk to and from the Plunge site in. Some people choose to park nearer to the Prince Arthur Hotel so that they are close to their vehicle for after the lunch and awards (1-3 at Prince Arthur Hotel).
9. It's Plunge Day! Am I too late to register?!
Fool! This is us shaking our head at you. but... no - you're not too late. There is a last minute registration that happens from 5-8 pm on April 6th at the Prince Arthur Hotel, then for those that wake up on the 7th with serious FOMO, grab your suit, run to the Marina and register before 11:30 and we'll let you PLUNGE. But seriously.... why wait!