The Polar Bear and Penguin Challenges for 2018/19 season are now closed but please email MamaBear at if you'd like to join the mailing list.

The Challenges run from 1 November 2019 to 31 March 2020 and the challenge is to complete a set number of swims and distances outdoors in the sea, river, lake or unheated lido during this period over the winter

The Polar Bear challenge is run under the clothing rules of 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.

The Penguin challenge does not have any clothing rules so you can wear anything you like including wetsuit. gloves, boots etc.

Swimmers from all countries are welcome to take part but your winter swimming temperatures must be no higher than UK winter swimming temperatures.

Polar Bear Challenge and Penguin Challenge 2019/20