Take the Polar Plunge on Long Island

Every year, thousands of brave Americans jump into cold water in the middle of winter. It may sound crazy, but these polar plunge events often raise money for charity—and they are said to be more thrilling than they sound. A few more are taking place on Long Island this year so get ready to dive into freezing water for a good cause.

Keep in mind, polar plunges aren’t for everyone. Doctors recommend being evaluated before diving into cold water because it can put a strain on the heart. Those at a high risk for heart disease can experience chest pain or a heart attack.

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Port Washington

What: 14th Annual Town of North Hempstead Polar Plunge
Where: North Hempstead Beach Park (175 W Shore Rd)
When: Saturday, March 3, 12pm
Why Go: Raise money and then take a dive. This polar plunge is supporting the thousands of athletes of Special Olympics New York. Plungers who raise $150 will get a sweatshirt, while those who raise more get additional prizes. Registration starts at 10am. Click to plunge

Oyster Bay

What: 5th Annual Town of Oyster Bay Polar Plunge
Where: Tobay Beach (Ocean Parkway)
When: Saturday, March 10, 11:30am
Why Go: Like the North Hempstead Polar Plunge, this one is also raising money for the Special Olympics New York with the same prizes. Registration starts at 9:30am. Click to plunge


What: 4th Annual Rockaways Polar Plunge
Where: Jacob Riis Park Bay 9 (Rockaway Beach Blvd)
When: Saturday, March 24, 12pm
Why Go: A month after a plunge that took place to raise money for cystic fibrosis, the beach is hosting another event to raise money for the Special Olympics. Registration starts at 10am. Click to plunge


What: 2nd Annual Splish Splash Polar Plunge
Where: Splish Splash (2549 Splish Splash Drive)
When: Saturday, April 14, 12pm
Why Go: Head East to the beloved water park to raise money for the aforementioned cause. The plunge will take place in the kahuna bay wave pool. And by this date, it probably won’t even be that cold. Registration starts at 10am. Click to plunge

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Anna Halkidis is a senior web editor at Long Island Pulse. Feel free to reach out at anna@lipulse.com or on Twitter @annahalkidis.