|The Polar Bear Challenges run from 1 November 2018 to 31 March 2019.|
Registration form Here – please read ALL the following info carefully so you know the rules…..there’s also some FAQs
Polar Bear Challenge – FAQs
You must be 18 or over to enter any of the Challenges
The Challenge is to complete a set number of swims and distances during this period over the winter – all swims are honesty swims and do not require proof although you must email MamaBear at PolarBearChallenges@aol.co.uk to let me know when you’ve completed each swim (and swim distance for Gold challengees).
If you cheat you are only cheating yourself !
All swims must be done in the sea, river, lake or unheated lido.If you’re planning a winter holiday then for swims taking place outside of the UK the water temperature must be at the same number of whole degrees as the current maximum outdoor natural water temperature in the UK;E.g. max UK water temperature 10.1 – all overseas swims must be below 11 degrees.max UK water temperature 11 – all overseas swims must be below 11 degrees.
The challenge is run under the clothing rules of the Channel SWimming and also the International Ice Swimming Association which means that the only attire allowed is one standard swimsuit ( which may not extend over the shoulders or below the knees ), a single standard silicone or latex swimhat (no bubble or fancy hats), goggles, noseclips and earplugs if required. Shoes may be worn to enter or exit the water but they must be removed for the duration and distance of the swim counted for the challenge.
There are 3 Polar Bear Challenge levels -Polar Bear Classic – swim 200 metres twice a month from 1 November 2018 to 31 March 2019.Polar Bear Silver – swim 250 metres twice a month from 1 November 2018 to 31 March 2019.Polar Bear Gold – swim 250 metres twice a month from 1 November 2018 to 31 March 2019 and a minimum total of 5000 metres during the Challenge period. ( see addendum #1 ).*
A badge and a certificate will be awarded to successful Polar Bears.
For each successful swim you need to email PolarBearChallenges@aol.co.uk and your swim will be recorded.
OVERSEAS SWIMMERS For swims taking place outside of the UK the water temperature must be at the same number of whole degrees as the current maximum outdoor natural water temperature in the UK