Polar Bear Swim and Challenge

Get active and go for a swim with your dad! This event takes place in two parts. The first is a 30-minute workout on your own as a father-child pair or socally-distant outdoors with your crew. The second is enjoying a swim at a YMCA indoor pool with your crew. 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 30-minute Fitness Challenge for a SPECIAL PATCH! This year, we will provide you with some virtual resources to complete the fitness portion of the Polar Bear Challenge from home, including a Virtual Fitness class that will be offered on Facebook LIVE! Stay tuned and good luck! 

Facebook Live Workout: Join Spotted Turtle, Swift Arrow, GongaBear and a special guest fitness instructor for a Virtual Workout on Facebook Live on Thursday, Jan. 14 at 7 p.m. 

Part 2: Polar Bear Plunge

Upon arrival for the swimming portion of the challenge, you'll complete the "Polar Bear Pledge" (a safety component) and then you'll take the Polar Bear Plunge. Enjoy the space in the YMCA pool! This portion of the event is 40 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. You may take the swim assessment at any YMCA branch, regardless of the location you're signed up for for the Polar Bear Swim.

registration, dates and locations

Updated Friday, Jan. 29:
On Wednesday, Jan. 27, Governor Roy Cooper announced that he is extending the current modified Stay At Home Order through the month of February. Additionally, Secretary Mandy Cohen’s Secretarial Directive that cautions against leaving home for any reason other than work, school, exercise, healthcare needs or groceries is still in place. As state guidance remains the same, the Y Guides team has made the decision to cancel our Polar Bear Swim events at YMCA branches throughout the Triangle. This decision was difficult, but is the safest decision possible for our participants, volunteers, staff and YMCA communities. It is not advisable for us to host indoor gatherings for events such as the Polar Bear Swim at this time.

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