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(Stuff.co.nz)   Have you ever done a Polar Bear winter swim?   ( stuff.co.nz) divider line
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2017-06-19 01:25:54 PM  
No.  I like my testicles not hiding under my lungs for warmth.
 
2017-06-19 01:59:58 PM  
Not just no, but fark no.

/Alaskan
 
2017-06-19 02:07:27 PM  
No, and my name is not winter swim.
 
2017-06-19 02:07:54 PM  
Yes, and I died.
 
2017-06-19 02:19:03 PM  
I've never done one officially, but I have swum (briefly) in the ocean in November in Delaware.

It was bracing, but I don't ever really need to do it ever again.
 
2017-06-19 02:19:51 PM  
I did the ROTC Northern Warfare course back in college, and a chunk of that was boating around on Alaskan rivers.  In order to give us an idea of what it's like in the water, they had us swim across a small river and come back.

The glacier that the river was fed from wasn't very far upstream, so it was barely above 32 degrees.  Water like that is just stunningly cold- like, "it's hard to breath because your chest muscles spasm" cold.  We were in less than 5 minutes and that was way more than enough- we all came out and started stripping on the shore, even though it was a coed course.  It really wasn't possible to be thinking about anything other than "Need dry, warm" at that point.   You can only be functional for about 15 minutes and will die in about 30.  Makes me rally feel for the folks who went down with the Titanic
 
2017-06-19 02:24:48 PM  
Yep. Lived in Scandinavian for a while, and all the guys were like "You North Americans are all wimps! Here, we swim in hole in the ice!", since we were at a cabin, and there actually was a hole in the ice to swim in, I said "Well let's do it then!". None of them had ever actually done it before... they just assumed I wouldn't have the balls to call them on it.

/After the swim I no longer had the balls
//Went to sauna after, and it was like a million needles
///Stupid dog decided to go swimming as well and almost killed himself
 
2017-06-19 02:52:23 PM  

Glockenspiel Hero: I did the ROTC Northern Warfare course back in college, and a chunk of that was boating around on Alaskan rivers.  In order to give us an idea of what it's like in the water, they had us swim across a small river and come back.

The glacier that the river was fed from wasn't very far upstream, so it was barely above 32 degrees.  Water like that is just stunningly cold- like, "it's hard to breath because your chest muscles spasm" cold.  We were in less than 5 minutes and that was way more than enough- we all came out and started stripping on the shore, even though it was a coed course.  It really wasn't possible to be thinking about anything other than "Need dry, warm" at that point.   You can only be functional for about 15 minutes and will die in about 30.  Makes me rally feel for the folks who went down with the Titanic


I've crossed some mountain streams and rivers while hiking. It's fine until the depth gets up to the nutsack and then it's brutal.
 
2017-06-19 03:16:11 PM  
The closest I've gotten was camping in Yosemite over Memorial Day. One year we had a campsite next to a snow-melt stream with a section that was about three feet deep. Just holding your feet in it for a few seconds was painful. A few of us took turns jumping into the small, deep area and submerging ourselves completely. It was brutal, but I remember feeling especially clean and raw afterwards. Spent an hour sitting on a big rock in the sunshine after that.
 
2017-06-19 03:18:05 PM  

Glockenspiel Hero: I did the ROTC Northern Warfare course back in college, and a chunk of that was boating around on Alaskan rivers.  In order to give us an idea of what it's like in the water, they had us swim across a small river and come back.

The glacier that the river was fed from wasn't very far upstream, so it was barely above 32 degrees.  Water like that is just stunningly cold- like, "it's hard to breath because your chest muscles spasm" cold.  We were in less than 5 minutes and that was way more than enough- we all came out and started stripping on the shore, even though it was a coed course.  It really wasn't possible to be thinking about anything other than "Need dry, warm" at that point.   You can only be functional for about 15 minutes and will die in about 30.  Makes me rally feel for the folks who went down with the Titanic


Yikes. Glad you survived that one. I understand you can get hypothermia from being in 60°F water in too long - I figured the body would just immediately go into shock being in freezing water.
 
2017-06-19 03:37:16 PM  
csb,
I knew the man who's father started the polar bear swim.
rip Tony Pantages you magnificent bastard.
odd that the inventor died of a hear attack while swimming in the warm oceans of hawaii
 
2017-06-19 04:08:35 PM  

Arkanaut: I figured the body would just immediately go into shock being in freezing water.


You were right.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cold_shock_response
 
2017-06-19 04:30:55 PM  

Arkanaut: Glockenspiel Hero: I did the ROTC Northern Warfare course back in college, and a chunk of that was boating around on Alaskan rivers.  In order to give us an idea of what it's like in the water, they had us swim across a small river and come back.

The glacier that the river was fed from wasn't very far upstream, so it was barely above 32 degrees.  Water like that is just stunningly cold- like, "it's hard to breath because your chest muscles spasm" cold.  We were in less than 5 minutes and that was way more than enough- we all came out and started stripping on the shore, even though it was a coed course.  It really wasn't possible to be thinking about anything other than "Need dry, warm" at that point.   You can only be functional for about 15 minutes and will die in about 30.  Makes me rally feel for the folks who went down with the Titanic

Yikes. Glad you survived that one. I understand you can get hypothermia from being in 60°F water in too long - I figured the body would just immediately go into shock being in freezing water.


Oh, it's not that you won't survive it- you will unless you accidentally breath in water during the initial gasp after diving in.  The point was to make sure we didn't see a stream during some time in the field and say "We can cross that, no big deal".  It's not a big deal if you're in "normal" places- soldiers do it all the time, even if they are going to grumble about getting wet.  But in the Arctic, getting wet is a life threatening situation- you can only function for a few minutes in the water, and if you don't get dry and warm afterwards things will get bad very quickly.
 
2017-06-19 05:24:01 PM  
Weather data for my birthplace (and the birthplace of both sides of my family going back several generations).

img.fark.net

I think I would freeze to death just by even looking at the water.
In short, hell nawwwwwww.
 
2017-06-19 05:31:11 PM  
No, because, evidence to the contrary, I am not a masochist.
 
2017-06-19 05:39:43 PM  
Not of my free will.
 
2017-06-19 05:53:15 PM  
Hell to the no.  But my shower started to get a little cool this morning just as I was done, so I'm pretty sure I can speak from authority...
 
2017-06-19 06:08:05 PM  
Once, when I was nine years old.

My father was an avid scuba diver and he claimed to have this special oil which created a layer between the skin and water. Therefore I wouldn't feel the cold... Yeah...

So I slathered on this clear oil and proceeded to jump into the North Pacific, on new years day. DIDN'T. DO. A. FARKIN. THING!

I could hear my fathers laughter as he landed in the water nearby.
"The oil doesn't work dad!" I screamed.
"Sure it does" he said. "You're in the water!"

/we had a good laugh about that yesterday
//and that's how I learned about snake oil..
 
2017-06-19 06:29:44 PM  
img.fark.net
 
2017-06-19 06:59:22 PM  
no. no i have not. no sirree.
 
2017-06-19 09:29:01 PM  

DjangoStonereaver: I've never done one officially, but I have swum (briefly) in the ocean in November in Delaware.

It was bracing, but I don't ever really need to do it ever again.


I hear ya.  Long ago, my family celebrated Thanksgiving on Cape Cod.  After dinner it was getting dark and a bunch of the less than thirty year old people headed outside to get stoned.  Somebody suggested we go for a swim and it was on.  I actually got my head underwater, er my cranium that is.  It was so farking cold it burned. If you're ever tempted, my advice is NO, don't do that.  The water off Cape Cod will freeze your balls off in July.
 
2017-06-20 12:55:21 AM  
I swim in the ocean every Jan 1 morning. It's part of my New Years ritual.  Not sure Hawaii counts as a polar bear swim though.
 
2017-06-20 02:55:27 AM  
Swam in Lake Baikal in late April of 1978, while there was broken ice just off the beach. I wanted the visit to be memorable, and by god it was! Swam about 8 strokes out from shore, but I swear it only took me 4 to get back. Whew! отлично!
 
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