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.
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 5000 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

500 metres at 5 degrees or less

1000 metres at 5 degrees or less

NB - 1. The specified swims can be included in the 5000 metres total

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

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