2022 Tuolumne County Polar Plunge February 26

Frequently Asked Questions


How much do I have raise to participate?

  • Plunger/Chicken - Participants are asked to raise a minimum of $125. Participants receive a Plunge T-shirt and lunch.

  • Cool School student - Participants must raise a minimum of $50 but in order to earn a T-shirt and lunch must raise a minimum of $125.

Is this a swim?
Absolutely not. Participants run into the water, frolic around for a minute or two, snap photos, then out of the water we go!

How far do I have to go in the water?
That is completely up to you! Dip your whole body or your big toe, whatever you decide is fine by us!  If you don’t want to get wet at all, register as a chicken. You’ll be excused from plunging but qualify for the same incentive rewards as our Plungers. 

Do I have to dress in costume?
Heck no! But don’t be surprised if the majority of participants will. When else will you have an excuse to dress in costume in the middle of winter?  If you’re part of team, get in the spirit of things and come up with a team theme. Whatever you choose to wear, please keep in mind this is a family affair so plan your costume or plunge attire accordingly.

What should I bring to the Plunge?
You will want to wear some type of water shoe. Don’t forget to bring a towel and a change of clothes too!  Some type of plastic bag or backpack to put your wet clothes will probably be a good idea.

Is there a minimum age requirement?
No, anyone is welcome to join us. However on Plunge Day, those under the age of 18 must bring a Polar Plunge waiver signed by a parent or legal guardian. No waiver, no Plunge, no exceptions!

Do spectators have to pay to watch?
Nope! Your cheering squad is more than welcome to come and watch the festivities free of charge. Really, they gotta see it to believe it!

What are the event COVID-19 Health & Safety requirements or guidelines?

  • Please stay home if you feel sick.
  • Masks are not required but encouraged to wear in crowded areas.
  • Hand-sanitizing stations will be available on site.
  • Spectators are encouraged to wear masks in crowded areas and space out wherever possible.
  • Any additional details will be confirmed closer to the event.