Polar Bear Swim and Challenge

Get out and active with your dad at one of our association branches. This event takes place in two parts. The first is the fitness challenge and the second is enjoying the pool with your tribe and dad. At this event, you have the opportunity to earn an awesome patch, as well as a white bear claw. 

Part 1: Fitness Challenge

Before jumping into the pool with a bear (or a Dad), complete the Polar Bear Fitness Challenge for a SPECIAL PATCH! You will have 30 minutes to complete the challenge and 15 minutes to change and prepare for the Polar Bear Swim. Good luck! 

Part 2: Polar Bear Plunge

After the fitness challenge, you'll do the "Polar Bear Pledge" (a safety component) and then you'll take the Polar Bear Plunge. Enjoy the space in the YMCA pool! After your pool time, bravely grab your bear claw from a bucket of bone-chilling, icy water. This portion of the event is 45 minutes.

Swim Band Information

If your child has a swim band, please make sure to bring it! If they do not have a swim band or forget to bring it with them, children will be required to wear a life vest or take the swim assessment during their scheduled pool time. If you would like your child to take the swim test at an earlier time, please see the available times below to be assessed at each branch. 


Registration for our Polar Bear Swims opens on Friday, Nov. 15. This is a FREE event, but please register for the event you're planning to attend by clicking on the link for the appropriate branch and time below. 

Branches and Times

Alexander Family YMCA:
Feb. 8 (2 p.m., 3 p.m., 4 p.m.)

*the 2 p.m. and 3 p.m. timeslots are full

Swim testing at Alexander is available Weekdays: 2 - 4 p.m. AND M-Th: 7 - 9 p.m. AND Saturdays: 12 - 5 p.m

Kerr Family YMCA:
Feb. 8 (2 p.m., 3 p.m.)

Swim testing at Kerr is available on Mondays-Thursdays: 10 - 11:20 a.m. AND 7:30 - 9 p.m. AND Saturdays: 11 a.m. - 5:45 p.m. AND Sundays: 1 - 6 p.m.    

A.E. Finley YMCA:
Feb. 8 (1 p.m., 2 p.m., 3 p.m., 4 p.m.)
Feb. 22 (2 p.m., 3 p.m., 4 p.m.)

Swim testing at Finley is available on Saturdays: 12 - 6 p.m. AND Sundays: 12 - 7 p.m.

Taylor Family YMCA:
Feb. 8 (2 p.m., 3 p.m., 4 p.m.)

Swim testing at Taylor is available on Monday/Wednesday/Friday: 7 - 9 p.m. AND Saturdays: 10:30 a.m - 6 p.m. AND Sundays: 12 - 7:00 p.m.