Syosset risk-takers prepare for freezing swim

March 18, 2014 by  

At the end of March, Syosset residents will have the chance to jump into the frigid ocean, all for a good cause.

The Town of Oyster Bay, near Syosset, will hold its first Polar Bear Plunge, on Tobay Beach. Dubbed ‘Freezin’ for a Reason’, the icy swim will help residents raise money for the Special Olympics in New York.

Organizers of the swim can use flyer printing to get people to register and to solicit donations. Last year, the polar bear plunges across the state raised almost $1m for the Special Olympics. So far, the Town of Oyster Bay and the surrounding area has raised over $3,600.

Swimmers who collect $125 or more will be given a sweatshirt to commemorate the plunge. Other prizes are available for people who raise more money.

Those who wish to participate in the plunge can sign up at the official website for the New York Polar Bear Plunge. Once registered, people can create their own teams or join an existing one. They can also create personal pages on the site, which they can send to others to encourage sponsorship and donations.

Thousands of swimmers are expected to join in across the state. The plunge will take place on March 29, starting at 11:30 am. Those who don’t register in advance will have the chance to do so the day of the swim, starting at 10:00 am.