How to Participate

1. Sign the waiver

2. Set up fundraising page & fundraise

Set up your individual and/or team fundraising page(s) on Zeffy, here.  

3. Take the plunge on January 1st

Join us at Lakeside Park in Nelson, BC on Sunday, January 1st to take the plunge at noon. 


Raise the most money and win many prizes!  

Every dollar raised or donated during the Polar Bear Swim matters. Your support helps Kootenay Co-op radio, your local community-powered radio station that reflects the unique spirit of the Kootenays and help Friends of Kootenay Lake run important stewardship projects needed to improve the health of Kootenay Lake. 


Ways to Fundraise

  1. Set a personal fundraising goal.
  2. Share your fundraising page on social media or through email.
  3. Create an incentive for your fundraising goal (e.g. shaving your head if you reach your goal).
  4. Create a video to explain why this event matters to you and share it with your friends and family.
  5. Add a note and link to your fundraising page in your email signature.

Swim Tips

  • Follow 100% of BC Provincial Health Officer guidelines related to COVID-19.
  • If you have a heart condition – just watch!
  • Children can swim with and be supervised by an adult.
  • Do not drink alcohol – it does not warm you up – it accelerates hypothermia.
  • Do not stay in the water longer than 15 minutes. Body heat is lost 25 times faster in water than in air.
  • Do not remove your clothing until swim time. 
  • Wearing water shoes or socks into the water is recommended to keep your feet warmer as you get dressed after your plunge.
  • Warm up with coffee or hot chocolate around a fire!
  • Have fun and play safe.