Prepping for the Nantasket Beach Polar Plunge

Photography by Jack Foley

The 20th annual Nantasket Beach Polar Plunge is scheduled to take place on February 24 at Nantasket Beach in Hull. This event raised over $191,000 for Special Olympics Massachusetts last year. Whether you’re a veteran plunger or getting your feet wet for the first time, jumping into frigid ocean waters in the middle of winter requires a little preparation. Here are a few helpful tips to make your polar plunge a success.

Wear Closed-Toed Shoes

Covering your feet helps regulate the temperature of your extremities and will help you avoid stepping on rocks or shells.

Dress to Impress

Participants are encouraged to come in costume. You could win a prize.

Ask Friends for Support

All participants who raise $100 in donations will receive a commemorative Polar Plunge long-sleeve shirt.

Pack Post-Plunge Essentials

Bring a towel, warm clothes and shoes to change into, and winter weather gear such as gloves, jacket and a hat.

Bring Friends or Family

Even if your friends aren’t interested in participating, they can help by holding your towel and taking pictures or video so you have proof of your plunge.

Choose Your Technique

Whether you prefer to run, skip and jump or carefully tiptoe into the water, once you do get wet, it’s wise to get out quickly.

Remember to Breathe

The shock of jumping into cold water is enough to make you gasp or hold your breath. Keep breathing and you’ll get through it.

Have Fun

After the plunge, participants can warm up while enjoying food, music and awards.

Post on Social Media

Let your friends know that you beat them to the beach in 2018. Or, better yet, invite them to plunge with you.

Bring an Autograph Book

Special Olympics athletes who have competed at the state, national and international level will be at the event and they love to sign autographs.


When: February 24
Where: Nantasket Beach, Hull
Why: Show your support and help raise money
for Special Olympics Massachusetts.

*Note the Date: This plunge previously took place in March. Due to the tide predictions, this year’s event will be held on the last weekend of February this year.

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