Rain, snow or sunshine, the brave swimmers of the Polar Bear Club go out every single Sunday starting from October until May.
Here’s Brenna praying to the sun gods, asking for strength, wisdom and warmth. She performs this ritual every Sunday morning, you can always find her standing by the water’s edge with a smile on her face after her plunge.
Swimmer's get together at the end of each swim and hold hands in a circle, sharing eachother's happiness and energy. The length of the swim usually lasts about 20-30 minutes.
Nothing stopped the Polar Bear’s from taking a dip in the ocean this past February, especially on one of the coldest Sundays of 2016. The wind was whipping as temperature’s were reaching to the low 30′s but nothing stopped him from jumping in the ocean then stretching out his arms towards the sun.
After his stretch and mental prep, this Polar Bear takes on the icy waters alone. "The cold water wakes me up physically and mentally, I like to swim away from the crowd so I can connect with myself during this time."
Many swimmers use this ritual as a form of therapy, allowing some to cope with death, addiction and daily struggles.