Rescheduled Polar Plunges Attract Brave Bathers

Mill Way Beach Polar Plunge

YARMOUTH – Hundreds of brave bathers jumped into the water this past weekend at a couple polar plunges that were cancelled on New Year’s Day – ironically because it was too cold.

The Barnstable Harbor “New Year’s Day” swim took place at Mill Way Beach.

Money raised from the sale of commemorative t-shirts benefitted Dance in the Rain, an organization which focuses on peer to peer support for people with mental health issues.

“It’s a great place for therapy through creative arts and meditation techniques,” said Jim Nelson, a peer in the program.

Smuggler’s Beach Polar Plunge

“You’re so much more than your mental health, that we bring hope and possibility to people and challenge them to grow,” said founder Mary Munsell, just minutes before jumping into the water.

A rescheduled polar plunge also took place at Smuggler’s Beach in Yarmouth on Sunday to benefit the Friends of Yarmouth Council on Aging.

Temperatures this weekend were in the 40’s – a lot warmer than the low single digits on New Year’s Day that prompted the postponements.

The Monument Beach polar plunge cancelled on New Year’s Day will take place on January 27.

In February, polar plunges will be held for the MSPCA on Super Bowl Sunday at Craigville Beach and for Child and Family Services on February 24, also at Craigville Beach.


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