WARNING: There are risks associated with going into an icy pond on January 1 anywhere in Canada. The temperature of the water and the surrounding environment will be extremely cold. Consult your physician prior to engaging in this event. Individuals who are pregnant, or have poor cardiac functioning, or suffer from a seizure disorder should not participate. Minimum age to dip is 18 years old.
- 45 million people are slaves today. You are their voice, reminding Canadians that slavery still exists and that we can all do something about it.
- Raise critical funds for the SA Foundation and their work caring for victims and their children.
- Team building activity.
- Bucket list.
Regardless of your reason, we want to help you have an amazing dip experience. The following information is essential to help us do so.
What to do before dip day:
- Follow us: Facebook , Instagram and Twitter to receive regular updates. Check your emails, make sure you allow emails from firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Complete your profile page after registration, especially tell us why you are dipping. This will be read by the emcee when you dip.
- Share, share, share. Tell your friends what you are doing and ask them to sponsor you. Every dollar raised is critical. We encourage every Dipster to do their best to raise a minimum of $500.
- Plan your costume. TIP – Don’t wear so much that it slows you down in the water and getting changed afterwards. A bathing suit and light costume is plenty. Please, keep in mind, this is a family friendly event - MODEST IS HOTTEST, nothing inappropriate. See our past videos for great costume ideas: http://calgaryicebreaker.com/gallery/
- Gather a team or challenge a friend.
Below is important dip day information on:
1. Where to go
2. What to bring
3. What to expect on dip day
4. Frequently Asked Questions
1. Where to go:
2. What to bring:
- Your costume for dipping
- *ONE large thick towel, bathrobe OR parka that you’ll put on immediately after the dip (and you don’t mind it getting a little wet).
- *Pledge form with money and cheques collected if you did this manually (make sure donor info is legible).
- Toque, gloves, anything else you want to put on immediately after the dip
- We cannot stress this enough, wear old running shoes or aqua socks for the dip. (No flip flops or anything else that would come off in the water. Protecting your feet is critical - especially for afterwards when you run to the hot tub or changing tents on snow or ice.)
- Be sure to secure glasses or Go Pro with a strap
- **Optional – for hot tub users – sandals or slippers to get from hot tub into the clubhouse
3. What to expect on dip day:
- You have two options. You must decide what to do before you leave the Clubhouse.
Option #1. Leave your change of clothes in the Clubhouse in the designated changing areas. Leave valuables in the car or with a friend. Only wear basic but warm clothing on top of your costume to walk down to the dip site i.e. jacket, toque and of course the shoes you will wear to dip. At the last minute you can whip off this outer layer and give to a friend. Remember you are standing in line a while waiting to dip. After the dip you will run up to the hot tubs (potentially 50 - 100 feet from dip site), then run to the Clubhouse to change. If you are planning on doing this run, good shoes are essential. Don't wear flip flops!
Option #2. Carry everything down to the dip site. This option works well if you do NOT plan to run up to the hot tubs after. Change and leave your clothes in the heated mens/ladies tents provided at the dip site. After dipping you run back to the tent and change there. Nice and toasty. Done.
- Dress for the outdoors! Plan to wear layers that you can put on quickly after the dip (i.e. a dry parka, hat, gloves, boots, long underwear, fleece, etc.). Stay away from cotton, which does not wick moisture away from your body.
- Registration OPEN BETWEEN 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM SHARP in the Banquet Room in the Clubhouse. REGISTRATION CUT OFF IS 12:30 PM.
- If you collected pledges turn this in with any funds raised (not necessary if you did all your fundraising online).
- If you are dipping as a team you must register as a team. Note that only two will actually dip at the same time as only two can exit the water on the stairs provided.
- You will be given a dip number. This IS the order number in which you’ll dip.
- Hand in ONE large towel or bathrobe. This is the item you will be given when you exit the water. It will correspond with your number.
- Initial the waiver
3.3 Hot Tub Instructions:
There will be three, 6 person hot tubs located at the Clubhouse. IF you want to hot tub right after your dip, this is what you need to do:
- Once you have done the dip, walk (run) up to the hot tubs. Be sure you are wearing good shoes for the dip so that you can carry on up to the hot tubs without stopping.
- Important:Remove shoes before entering hot tub!
- After soaking and warming up, you can change in the clubhouse. You may want to have a friend give you a pair of sandals or slippers for the walk into to the clubhouse if you wish.
Important: Please be courteous in the length of time you spend in the hot tub if there are others waiting to get in. We expect 150 Dipsters and we have THREE hot tubs. Thanks!
Enjoy our hospitality, take selfies, tag @calgaryicebreaker and mingle while you wait. Use #calgaryicebreaker in all your posts. Light complimentary snacks will provided.
All Dispters must be in the Banquet Room in the Clubhouse at 12:45 PM for final instructions.
- Make a splash and smile! NO DIVING! (The water is potentially about 4 - 6 feet deep.)
- Friendly divers in dry suits will help you safely and swiftly exit the cold water. There will be steps to exit the dip area that will accommodate two people climbing out at the same time (with others close behind!).
- Proceed to heated tents OR hot tubs (see Hot Tub Instructions).
- IF the ice is not thick enough for our divers to cut a hole, we will be doing a beach entry, this means you run in and out.
3.6 Connect, eat & celebrate :
Plan to stick around, meet and mingle with your event hosts Old Guys in Action and the SA Foundation staff. We have a beautiful banquet room this year to host you and your cheerleaders after the dip. Enjoy complimentary hot drinks, snacks and prizes. Prizes will be awarded for the following. If we are blessed with an abundance of prizes we will award first, second and third in each of these categories. You must be present to claim your prize.
- Most funds raised
- Best costume
- Best team
- Best couple
- Best intro
- Best (safe) entry
4. Frequently Asked Questions:
- Q: Will you go ahead with the dip regardless of the temperature and weather conditions?
A: Yes. Some of us will, regardless. Don’t feel pressured to dip if the weather conditions are outside your personal “comfort” zone.
- Q: Will there be medical people on hand?
A: Yes. Limited but qualified emergency staff will be on hand.
- Q: Is it cold?
- Q: Can children participate?
A: Not in the dip, (must be 18 and up) but they are welcome to come and cheer you on and witness your courage.
- Q: Can my business get involved?
A: Yes! We are looking for corporate sponsorship and prize donations. Contact us to discuss possibilities.
- Q: Do I have to fundraise?
A: We cannot make you fundraise. We do encourage everyone to tell all their friends that they are doing the polar dip to raise money for the work against human trafficking. We have made this really easy to share on social media so please any chance you get share it. Your friends will give because they want to support you!
- Q: What if I have more questions?
A: Please contact us at email@example.com or call/text Naomi at 1-403-636-1419.
See you on dip day! If you have any questions, call or text any of the event organizers:
Naomi Holland, Dip Director 1-403-636-1419
Ross Weaver, co-founder of OGIA 403-651-0005