Scientists tagging whales in Antarctica

Taking the plunge in Antarctica

Let’s get straight to the big question. Why on earth would anyone go swimming in Antarctica?! It sounds like a crazy thing to do, but there’s actually a number of reasons why hurling oneself into the freezing cold waters of the Southern Ocean is one of our top activities. First off, the cold water energizes you with a feeling of refreshment and invigoration that is unlike anything else!

Did you know that cold dipping is a Scandinavian tradition that has numerous health benefits? Taking a plunge in the coldest of waters provides plenty of perks for your well being including reducing stress, boosting energy, improving your immune system and relieving pain.

Doing a polar plunge is a tradition in some parts of the world, held on New Year’s Day to celebrate a new beginning. ‘Polar Bear Plunges’ are often held in order to raise money for charities. Did you know that every December the polar plunge is held as part of the ‘midsummer’ celebrations in Antarctica? It’s a rite of passage for scientists and visitors at several of the research bases.

Polar plunging is a popular activity during our itineraries and something our guests have participated in for many, many years. You’ve made it this far; this is how you take your Antarctic adventure to the next level and go all the way.

Counting penguins in Antarctica

Is it Cold?

Well, yes of course it is! But it’s not as bad as you think. It only lasts a quick moment, and there is a warm robe and hot (or stiff) drink waiting for you when you exit the water. You can always warm up in the ship‘s sauna.

What Does it Feel Like?

It depends on the person, but you might feel anywhere from delightfully shocked to a million tiny prickles on your skin. One of the most remarkable things is when you exit the water, the air feels warm, leaving you to feel revitalized as your skin tingles from the icy water.

Is it Safe?

Every safety precaution is taken. If the weather isn’t cooperating, we won’t do it. The ship’s doctor will be present, and we have safety personnel, safety boats, and other safety measures in place. It is perfectly safe.

Counting penguins in Antarctica

Can I Do It?

Anyone can do it, though we do recommend checking with your doctor prior to the voyage if you have any pre-existing medical conditions. Polar Plunging is not recommended for those who have high blood pressure, heart conditions, or any other serious medical issues.

Do I Have To Do It?

No one is required to participate; it is entirely up to you. If you’re not feeling up for it, you can happily sit on the deck with a hot beverage and enjoy the show. A word of advice – if you are healthy enough to participate, we recommend going for it! It’s exhilarating, it gives you an incredible adrenaline rush, and it’s a great story to tell!

What Do You Wear?

We recommend simply donning your swimsuit so don’t forget to pack one! Ladies, one pieces are better but two pieces are fine. Some folks like to wear something fun or funny but we don’t recommend wearing layers or clothing that will just get wet and heavy.

Let’s Get Wet!

Are you ready to take the plunge? Call your preferred travel professional or our team today.