What do you need to know to participate in the Polar Bear Dip?
Why do we do it?
By participating in the Polar Bear Dip, you are supporting Habitat for Humanity Greater Toronto Area
Habitat for Humanity Greater Toronto Area is a non-profit housing organization that mobilizes volunteers and community partners in providing affordable housing and promoting homeownership as a means to breaking the cycle of poverty. One hundred percent of all administrative and fundraising costs are paid for by the operation of our ReStore locations. Habitat ReStores sell new and gently-used donated building and household products. Every 5.5 minutes, Habitat for Humanity helps a family improve their housing situation somewhere in the world.
Habitat for Humanity Greater Toronto Area has built more than 270 homes in the Greater Toronto Area. Since 2005 the Toronto Polar Bear Dip has raised almost $200,000 - funds that have gone directly to build projects in our community. We look forward to seeing you on the 1st!
Register right away to prove your brawn! You can sign up as an individual, create a team, or join a team. Don’t dare dip? Be a team player and sign up to fundraise only (don’t worry…polar bears and chickens get along!).
Step 2: Collect Donations
Make a personal contribution and share your fundraising page with your friends, colleagues, and family. From the fundraising dashboard, you can invite friends to support you or doubledog dare them to join your team for the January 1st dip! We require a minimum donation of $30 to participate. But don’t stop there! We have great prizes for the top teams and top individual fundraisers!
Step 3: Tweet like bird and roar like a polar bear!
Be sure to tell everyone that you're daring to dip in Lake Ontario on New Year's Day. Don't forget to Like The Toronto Polar Bear Club Facebook Page,
and mention the dip on Facebook, and follow us on twitter so that you don't miss
our updates. Drop some dip shout outs on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and more. #topolarbearclub
Step 4: Dare to Dip!
We really look forward to seeing you on January 1st. Arrive by 11a.m. in time to register and take part in the festivities. Your dip must-haves:
Stepping on something sharp isn't fun in freezing cold water. Wear water socks, sandles or shoes. Avoid shoes that fall off (who's ever heard of a polar bear in flip flops?!)
Bring lots of towels, a blanket to claim your patch of beach to change on, and warm loose fitting clothes and footwear that are easy to put on in a hurry (big loose fitting boots are amazing)
Bring a friend to mind your stuff and help you when you get out of the water
While the dip is an excellent hangover cure...Please refrain from drinking on the day of the dip
Have a lot of fun
Step 5: Brag!
Check it off your bucket list and brag that you are now an official member of the Toronto Polar Bear Club! Don’t forget your Club keepsake and certificate.