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3 Polar Plunges in Portsmouth To Kick Off 2017

3 Polar Plunges in Portsmouth To Kick Off 2017

PORTSMOUTH, R.I. — Portsmouth residents and visitors will have not one, but 3 polar plunges to choose from for kicking off 2017 with an icy splash. 

As of Dec. 26, the New Year’s Day weather forecast for Portsmouth includes

“a chance of showers. Partly sunny, with a high near 46,” according to the National Weather Service (NWS). 

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


Island Park 

Polar Dive for the Dogs

On Sunday, kick off the new year at Portsmouth’s annual polar dive. This year’s dive at the large sea wall opening on Park Avenue in Island Park  in Island Park will benefit the dog park. 

The bonfire will start around 10:30 to 11 a.m. with the dive starting at noon at the beach across from the Beachcomber bar. The celebrations will continue after the dive at the Beachcomber. 

Raffle proceeds and donations from this event will aid the Portsmouth Dog Park Fund.

Organizers are raising money for the dog park benches and water fountain (or bubblah). This event will include music, raffles, and more! 


McCorrie Point Beach


Portsmouth Youth Football and Cheer will hold its polar plunge on Sunday from noon to 2 p.m. at McCorrie Point Beach. 

In 2016, a group of coaches from our league had the idea for a last minute plunge, and so beings the tradition for our league! Please join us as we ring in the new year with a PYF plunge. All funds raised will be donated back to our program!

We will have a tent and heaters as well. Please share this event with all your family and friends.


Prudence Island 

The first plunge of the new year will take place Sunday 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: 


Plunge Tips

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

  • Get in and out quick. 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 

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