3 polar plunges to kick off 2018

PORTSMOUTH, R.I. — Looking to kick off 2018 with a splash? Here’s a look at area polar plunges happening on New Year’s Day. 

As of Dec. 29, the New Year’s Day weather forecast for Portsmouth will be very cold with temperatures in the teens. 

“Sunny, with a high near 14,” according to the National Weather Service (NWS). 

The following polar dives will be held on New Year’s Day, Monday, Jan. 1: 



Portsmouth Polar Dive to benefit Hannah Wertens

Portsmouth’s annual polar dive on New Year’s Day will benefit a local teenager, who is currently fighting cancer for the third time. 

This year’s dive will benefit Hannah Wertens, 14-year-old girl fighting cancer.

The fire will be lit on Monday, Jan. 1, 2018, at 11 a.m. at Island Park Beach along Park Avenue. Hannah will sing “God Bless America” at 11:53 a.m. and everyone will enter the water at noon. 

Read more here



Prudence Island 

The first plunge of the new year will take place at noon at Sandy Point on Prudence Island. 

If heading over to the Prudence Island plunge, remember the ferry runs on the following holiday schedule: 



2018 Polar Bear Plunge Newport

The Newport Rhode Island Polar Bear Plunge has been going on since 1969.

Every New Year’s Day, at exactly noon, everyone runs into the chilly winter waters of Easton’s Beach (First Beach) in Newport. People dress up in costumes individually or in teams, or just their own bathing suits.

While it’s free to jump in the water, donations are accepted. Donations benefit A Wish Come True. 


Plunge Tips

Plunging for the first time? Here are some tips from Portsmouth Press’s publisher (who’s plunged just a few times, maybe 5 or 6 ). 

  • Get in and out quickly. Go for a running start. 
  • Wear water shoes! Especially near a rocky coast. 
  • Make sure to not start too far from the water line. This is really important. There’s nothing worse than running out, cold and wet, and spending lots of time looking for your towel. 
  • Bring a buddy to hold your towel. Depending on crowds, it’s helpful to have someone hold your towel. 
  • Change back into comfortable clothes quickly. 
  • Don’t change back into jeans! (Made this mistake my first plunge). Bring quick-drying clothes. 

Do you have any polar plunge tips? Tell us in the comment section below or email Sandy@PortsmouthPress.com 

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