Jedi & Ninja & Apprentice levels

There are several Polar Bear and Penguin challenge levels so you can choose the level to suit you.

If in doubt then enter one level above that which you feel comfortable at as you can always drop down a level as the challenge progresses but can't go up. Each month you will be emailed an online form to complete to confirm your swims. No proof of swims or distances is required (other than for Jedi / Ninja / Apprentice specified swims ) as this is an honesty event.

Gold or Arctic / Antarctic is the best one to aim for if you are undecided as the higher Jedi and Ninja levels are VERY onerous as they require you to swim a number of specified swims in water below 7 degrees  - The UK sea temperature rarely falls below 7 degrees so to achieve these levels you will need to travel or find a fresh water swimming area which drops to the required temperature.

For NOVEMBER ONLY - If you complete a higher level than that which you entered then you will be raised to that level. You will subsequently drop levels accordingly in the future months if needs be but this gives you a chance to check your boundaries. NB This rule does not apply to Jedi / Ninja / Apprentice levels.

Jedi / Ninja - only recommended for experienced cold water swimmers

A Jedi Polar Bear may ONLY wear a swimsuit, single hat and goggles / noseclips. No shoes, no gloves, no fancy hats, no neoprene hats, no insulating swimsuits, nothing on your feet.

A Ninja Penguin may wear anything.

To qualify as a Jedi / Ninja you must enter the full Jedi / Ninja Challenge and swim at least 3000 metres each month to include 2 swims of at least 250 metres each in a single swim and also you have to complete all 10 of the specified full swims to get  20 points ( each individual specified swim only counts once ) - see below.

PLEASE NOTE - a number of the specified swims require water below 7 degrees  - The UK sea temperature rarely falls below 7 degrees so to achieve these levels you will need to travel or find a fresh water swimming area which drops to the required temperature.

The 10 specified swims need to be done some time between November and March. The 3k per month can include any specified swims done that month.

Jedi Apprentice / Ninja Apprentice.

To qualify as an apprentice you must swim at least 3000 metres each month to include 2 swims of at least 250 metres each in a single swim and you also have to complete half of the Jedi / Ninja specified swims to achieve 10 points or more. ( each of the 10 individual specified and numbered swims only counts once ). If you complete a specified swim at 1 point qualification you may upgrade and replace this to 2 point level if you swim the more onerous swim later on. E.G if you claim 750 metres at 9 degrees or less but later on swim 1500 metres at 9 degrees or less the 1 point swim will be replaced by the 2 point swim.

Each full Jedi / Ninja specified swim is worth 2 points so to be a full Jedi / Ninja you need to have entered the full challenge and achieve 20 points.

The 10 specified swims and points value are -

Swim 1 - 1500 metres at 9.00 degrees or less - 2 points   or  750 metres at 9.00 degrees or less - 1 point

Swim 2 -2000 metres at 9.00 degrees or less - 2 points    or  1000 metres at 9.00 degrees or less - 1 point

Swim 3 -1250 metres at 8.00 degrees or less - 2 points    or  625 metres at 8.00 degrees or less - 1 point

Swim 4 -1750 metres at 8.00 degrees or less - 2 points    or  875 metres at 8.00 degrees or less - 1 point

Swim 5 - 1000 metres at 7.00 degrees or less - 2 points    or  500 metres at 7.00 degrees or less - 1 point

Swim 6 -1500 metres at 7.00 degrees or less - 2 points    or  750 metres at 7.00 degrees or less - 1 point

Swim 7 -750 metres at 6.00 degrees or less - 2 points      or  375 metres at 6.00 degrees or less - 1 point

Swim 8 -1250 metres at 6.00 degrees or less - 2 points    or  625 metres at 6.00 degrees or less - 1 point

Swim 9 - 450 metres at 5.00 degrees or less - 2 points    or  225 metres at 5.00 degrees or less - 1 point

Swim 10 - 1000 metres at 5.00 degrees or less - 2 points  or  500 metres at 5.00 degrees or less - 1 point

You can reach the required 10 points to qualify as an apprentice by any means but each specified swim only counts once.

E.g.

5 full distance swims = 10 points

6 half distance swims to get 6 points and 2 full distance swims to get 4 points = 10

each individual specified swim only counts once

 

 

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