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. Please make sure ALL cheque donations are made out to Roots to Harvest - they will be split between the organizations still. If someone hands you a donation in person and record their information (if they want a donation receipt). If you want that donation to show up on your fundraising page, you need to bring it to the Roots to Harvest office at 450 Fort William Rd, with all of the donor details so that we can enter it. If you're not concerned about it showing until later on, then hand in any cash or cheque donations to the event either on Friday, March 27th, between 5-8 pm at Prince Arthur Hotel, or at the event (Saturday, March 28th) between 12:00 - 1:30 pm!
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. Bring a towel or two (one to stand on while you change?) to get you into warm and dry clothing as fast as possible!
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 2:00 pm sharp, and it goes pretty quick! Community teams and Individuals plunge at 2:00 - 2:20 and Cool School Teams plunge at 2:20 - 2:40.
5. Can I sign up team members myself?
Nope. 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 3-4 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 (3-4 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 March 27th at the Prince Arthur Hotel, then for those that wake up on the 28th with serious FOMO, grab your suit, run to the Marina and register before 1:30 and we'll let you PLUNGE. But seriously.... why wait!