There are several Polar Bear challenge levels so you can choose the level to suit you. As the Challenge progresses through November to March you may drop down levels if you wish but you cannot go up.

You must be 18 or over to enter any of the challenge levels.

E.g. you can enter as Gold, Arctic or Jedi and slide down through Silver and Classic all the way to Penguin if the going gets tough. But you can’t enter as Classic and then upgrade to Gold…

All swims must be swum in just a swimsuit, single hat, googles, noseclips and earplugs ( if required ). The swims must be swum outdoors in the sea, river, lake or unheated lido.
Please read the   FAQs   to make sure your body of water falls within the rules.
CLASSIC - swim 200 metres twice a month
SILVER - swim 250 metres twice a month
GOLD - swim 250 metres twice a month and complete 5000 metres minimum total distance during the challenge period
ARCTIC - swim 250 metres twice a month and complete 3000 metres total distance each month.
JEDI - swim 250 metres twice a month and complete 3000 metres total distance each month.
In addition to become a Jedi Bear you must also complete ALL the following specified swims at some point during the challenge period. They follow a logical & recommended progression but don't have to be swum in any specific order  ....

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1500 metres at 9 degrees or less

2000 metres at 9 degrees or less

1250 metres at 8 degrees or less

1750 metres at 8 degrees or less

1000 metres at 7 degrees or less

1500 metres at 7 degrees or less

750 metres at 6 degrees or less

1250 metres at 6 degrees or less

450 metres at 5 degrees or less

1000 metres at 5 degrees or less

NB - 1. The specified swims can be included in the 3000 metres total

NB - 2. There must be a minimum of 24 hours between each of the specified swims.

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IMPORTANT NOTE FOR JEDI BEARS.

This is an extreme challenge which should only be attempted by experienced cold water swimmers and a medical check up is advised.

UK temperatures may not get low enough to complete the challenge in the UK so some travel at your own expense may be necessary.

Several of the Jedi swims are individual qualifying swims for an Ice Mile attempt under IISA rules. Please refer to the IISA website for more information on Ice Miles https://www.internationaliceswimming.com/