Plunge into 2019 at the coolest event of the year


Jump into the water with other jubilant merrymakers Jan. 1 at the seventh-annual Polar Bear Plunge at Point Defiance Marina boat launch.

The Plunge continues to be wildly popular, with more than 1,000 people in attendance and 350 taking the plunge off the boat ramp or docks in recent years. Those brave enough to jump into Puget Sound ranged from small children to the more mature, from costumed to fully clothed.

The event is presented by BECU and supported by Bloodworks Northwest.

Trade your winter coat for a swimsuit and go knee deep, waist high or all the way in. The Cub Plunge is for those who want to enter the water from the launch ramp at 5912 N. Waterfront Drive in Point Defiance Park. It begins at 11:30 a.m., followed by the Polar Bear Plunge at noon for people who want to jump off the docks feet first. Costumes are welcome but not required, though participants need to have protective footwear.

For the safety of participants, life jackets will be available and lifeguards will be stationed on the docks. Daring folks who jump in can warm up afterward in heating tents, sip free hot drinks, and purchase treats from the snack bar. Changing tents will be available. 

In addition to a year’s worth of bragging rights, participants receive a Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium coupon good for $3 off general admission. Commemorative T-shirts will be available for $5 while supplies last.

Parking is limited nearby, but a shuttle bus will transport participants from the Owen Beach parking lot to and from the Plunge between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.

Volunteers are always needed to serve refreshments or set up and take down after the event. For more information, visit or call (253) 591-5325.

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