The 2016 Whidbey Island Polar Bear Dive happens January 1, 2016 at Double Bluff Beach. Pre-registration can be done at the South Whidbey Parks and Rec website and participants can also register on the day of the event beginning at 10:30am in preparation for the 12pm noon jump. The $15 registration includes an official 2016 Whidbey Island Polar Bear Dive t-shirt along with hot coffee and cocoa. Last year, 140 people plunged into 2015 and at least twice this amount attended this community event for simply the entertainment value.
Proceeds from this event support Island County 4-H Teen Leadership Activities. The Island County 4-H Teen Leadership Program provides teens in our community with opportunities and experiences that strengthen positive leadership skills through participation in leadership conferences and service learning activities. These opportunities provide our teens with positive adventures that encourage them to work towards being a productive and appreciated part of their community. Funds raised during this event allow more teens from our community to participate in leadership activities by keeping the associated costs from being an obstacle. Leadership conferences that we have found to be most valuable include the annual Washington State Teen Leadership Conference at WSU in Pullman, WA and the Teen Know Your Government Conference in Olympia.
Contact South Whidbey Parks and Rec at 360-221-5484 and www.swparks.org or check out the Whidbey Island Polar Bear Dive Facebook Page for more information.