Author Topic: The Polar Bear Club of Queens  (Read 756 times)

Offline Dudley

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The Polar Bear Club of Queens
« on: October 10, 2018, 11:33:31 AM »
Hi guys, I wanted to see what sort of interest level there would be in establishing a Polar Bear Club Of Queens. For those who don't know what it is, a Polar Bear club is when you go to the ocean in the middle of winter and jump into the freezing cold water, and then feel pretty amazing for the rest of the day. A lot of people do it on New Year's Day, and a lot of people do it every weekend during Winter.

I've done the one in Coney Island in Brooklyn and it was a lot of fun and I'd like to do it again, but I don't feel like going all the way to Coney Island because a) it's far and b) Queens is awesome so let's do it in Queens.

I was thinking The Rockaways would be a perfect place for it, maybe some of the food places are open during winter, and I'm pretty sure at least the Rockaway Brewing Company bar would be open which is a good place to get changed afterwards and drink beer. It's not too far from the water.

Wouldn't it be awesome to have a Polar Bear Club Of Queens T-Shirt that says "Polar Bear COQ" on it in big letters?

Would this be something people could get behind? Maybe we could do it just on New Year's Day this year and see if it can grow over time?

I welcome your thoughts on this, and if people are interested it would be pretty awesome to spread the word to the rest of the borough and really get it going.

Offline lalochezia

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Re: The Polar Bear Club of Queens
« Reply #1 on: October 10, 2018, 12:42:12 PM »

Offline Tom Lowenhaupt

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Re: The Polar Bear Club of Queens
« Reply #2 on: October 10, 2018, 08:20:57 PM »
During dry periods (no rain/snow) sections of Flushing bay are swimmable, see https://www.riverkeeper.org/water-quality/citizen-data/.

Offline carrefour_ny

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Re: The Polar Bear Club of Queens
« Reply #3 on: October 13, 2018, 07:58:01 PM »


Why goat yoga? Or drunk yoga? Same kind of reason, presumably.

Online deja

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Re: The Polar Bear Club of Queens
« Reply #4 on: October 15, 2018, 12:00:22 AM »
It's not that bad once you are in, the water temperature is usually higher than the air temperature.  It's that first leap... lol. 

Offline Dudley

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Re: The Polar Bear Club of Queens
« Reply #5 on: October 19, 2018, 01:27:46 PM »
It's not that bad once you are in, the water temperature is usually higher than the air temperature.  It's that first leap... lol.

What I found when I first did it was that the worst part was standing on freezing cold sand with bare feet. You can feel the heat being sucked right out of your body. Surfer booties, or at least flip-flops, are a must!

Disappointed at the distinct lack of interest in this activity by the way, but myself and a couple of friends will still do it. Maybe it'll grow organically, and if it doesn't then so be it, myself and a couple of friends will be the only idiots representing Queens this Winter!  8)


Offline toddg

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Re: The Polar Bear Club of Queens
« Reply #6 on: October 19, 2018, 02:07:10 PM »
Represent!  I will be brimming with Queens pride and enthusiastically cheering for you while watching you on TV from my overheated apartment.   (Sorry.)

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Re: The Polar Bear Club of Queens
« Reply #6 on: October 19, 2018, 02:07:10 PM »