I took the Plunge . . . and lived to tell about it

January 3, 2011 by Kailani  
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I have to admit that I was a little nervous about our 3rd stop on the Vaseline Dry Skin Patrol’s mission to rescue dry skin . . . The Polar Bear Plunge at Coney Island. I mean, what sane person would jump into the icy waters in the dead of Winter? In fact, when I first heard about this event I was a little concerned about my safety . . . I thought, “Aren’t polar bears dangerous? How in the world are we supposed to swim with them?”

I kid you not.

My blogging friend Cathi had a good laugh at my expense over that one as she tried to explain what really goes on there.

Okay, no polar bears. Ha. Ha.

When we arrived at the area where the Official Polar Bear Club members gather, I was impressed by all their enthusiasm. They were such a happy group of people who were excited to share their sport and wisdom with us.

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We also had the very brave Dr. Jessica Wu with us who suggested that we apply lotion before heading into the water. This would help to lock moisture into our skin and protect it from the rough elements. She also mentioned that we should re-moisturize as soon as we get out of the water so that the cold air wouldn’t dry us out.

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About 30 minutes before the big moment, we took off our jackets and lined up with the Polar Bear Club members. About 2,000 people were expected to participate with another 10,000 spectators cheering us on. When they blew the horn, everyone made a mad dash to the water. There were so many people around us that I couldn’t even see the camera crew. That’s when I knew we would have to re-shoot the whole thing. But that didn’t stop us from going in.

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And Oh. My. God. . . . was it cold!

Yet strangely, I didn’t feel the urge to run out screaming in pain. I just stayed in the water and kept jumping around and laughing with all the other crazy people. Finally, I noticed everyone else leaving the water and thought I had better join them or I may never find them again in the madness.

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dr wu & me out of the water

Yes, I survived but did my skin? I’m happy to say that it did. When I walked out of the water I was so cold that I couldn’t even feel my feet and legs. I thought for sure my skin would be as dry as a bone when I toweled off and changed clothes. Amazingly, my skin looked just as good as it did before I went into the icy waters. I am a true believer in Vaseline Intensive Rescue.

Thank you to Vaseline and the Polar Bear Club for an experience that I’ll never forget.

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Follow along on our last tour stop being held in Duluth, Minnesota for the Beargrease Dogsled Marathon on January 29th.

Would you take the plunge?

About the Author: Kailani:
Owner of An Island Life. A flight attendant and mother to 3 beautiful girls. . . living a blessed life in Hawaii.
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19 Responses to “I took the Plunge . . . and lived to tell about it”
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    JamericanSpice says:

    You brave brave soul. At this point it’s 30s here and I can see my breath and my whole body shiver at the thought of anything else cold touching any part of me.

    And I laughed a bit at your Polar bear diving bit too. lol. Diving with bears, too funny.

    I’m glad you did it and it was an adventurous event!

    I might be swayed by this moisturizer :)
    .-= JamericanSpice´s last blog ..I Need My Prayer To Get Through To Heaven – Music Monday – Meet Me Monday =-.

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    Leslee says:

    BRAVE was the the first word that came to my mind! What an experience tho’!! Way to go…

    Bet you are glad to back in sunny Hawai’i :-)
    .-= Leslee´s last blog ..Favorite Things – December =-.

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    Sues2u2 says:

    I am totally impressed that you did that. All 4 of you! I like having my warm (90F) pool. I’m not certain I could do the Polar Bear plunge.
    .-= Sues2u2´s last blog ..I was reading… =-.

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    Amy @ Marvelous Mommy says:

    Wow I’m cold just thinking about it! Congrats on your accomplishment!!
    .-= Amy @ Marvelous Mommy´s last blog ..Free Ad Space! =-.

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    Melissa says:

    Okay… so maybe I chuckled a bit at your “polar bear plunge” thoughts :) Sorry!
    But wow! Just WOW! I don’t think I could have done it! I’m so impressed!!

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    TheAngelForever says:

    LOL – There is a polar bear plunge up in Lake George each year to raise money for charity. I have never done it, and have to admit I would be cheering people on. Once it hits 40 the flip-flops go away and coats stay on ;)

    Congratulations on this accomplishment. Can not wait to see the Vaseline spot.
    .-= TheAngelForever´s last blog ..Log Cabin Knitting Project For 2011 =-.

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    Debra @ A Frugal Friend says:

    WOW….impressed, but no way would I do it. :-) I’d freeze!!
    .-= Debra @ A Frugal Friend´s last blog ..Snapfish- 99 prints for 99 cents!! Penny Prints!! =-.

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    xenia says:

    I did a Polar Bear Plunge up in northern MN years and years ago… and boy, it was cold! But then, I’m not from Hawaii, so I have even more respect for you getting your warm-weather self in there!

    It sounds like you all had a blast though and I can’t wait to see the video footage that they put together!
    .-= xenia´s last blog ..Winners! =-.

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    Amanda @MommyMandy says:

    That is awesome! I totally would have done it with you.
    .-= Amanda @MommyMandy´s last blog ..It’s a New Year and time for a New YOU! =-.

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    Krista says:

    Um, no. I did this at summer camp in the lake and I’m sure it was much warmer… I like my water warm unless it’s 90+ degrees out, which I’m sure it wasn’t! ;) Good for you though, you’ve had some fun adventures!
    .-= Krista´s last blog ..Heres to a New Year! =-.

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    Lorie Shewbridge says:

    I’ll have to admit that “brave” wasn’t the first word that came to my mind when I saw that you did this… it was “crazy!!”
    I’m glad you survived as did your skin.
    I can’t wait to see your further adventures. :-)
    .-= Lorie Shewbridge´s last blog ..365 Project – January 4th =-.

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    Ayan Deato says:

    I soooo envy you… that was such a great experience. Just looking at the photos and how you describe it makes me want to do it to if given the chance.

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    Kayla says:

    I have always wanted to participate in this or at least something like it! I know it’s crazy, but I’m a crazy kind of person :)

    It looks like you guys had some good ol’ cold-inspiring fun! I really love the picture of you three coming out of the water. Lol
    .-= Kayla´s last blog ..Its Not Thursday- But I Have an Update! =-.

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    Nancy says:

    I have never heard of Polar Plunge until my niece (at that time, was 12 years old) participated in one in Wisconsin. Brrr! It seems fun!! I would not mind participating just one time. :-)

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    Daly says:

    Polar bears! :)

    I think I’d be covered in Vaseline Dry Skin Patrol before entering that water. I really admire your sense for adventure.

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