Are You Brave Enough For The Dorchester Lions Polar Dip?

Posted on Sunday, December 31, 2017 09:47 AM

If you are looking for a way to welcome 2018, why not take the plunge?

The 25th annual Dorchester Polar Dip will be held Monday at Palmer's Pond.

Spokesperson for the local Lions Club Dan Matthews says they always have participants even if it is very cold.

"We've had as many as 45 people, and as few as 8 or 10, it depends on the temperature," says Matthews. "When the temperature is down around minus 15, 17 degrees, we have fewer willing to brave the elements."

Matthews says the event goes ahead every year, even with very cold temperatures.

"We have not cancelled the Polar Dip in 25 years, safety people of Dorchester Fire Department and the Lions will be present to help the dippers no matter the whether conditions," says Matthews.

He adds there is no age limit, "we've had people in their sixties doing it, the limit is not on age, but on stature, the water is only 4 feet deep so we don't want anyone less than four feet."

Last year they had 42 Polar Dippers brave the freezing waters.

Registration is $25 each, and takes place prior to the plunge at 1 o'clock.


(Photo Credit: Dorchester Lions Club)