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Tybee’s polar plunge adding virtual twist: covid safety precautions

By Mariah Congedo/WTOC-TV

The Tybee Polar Plunge is a long tradition that brings in thousands of people from across the country every year. This year, organizers still wanted to give those eager to take the plunge the opportunity, but by doing so in a safe way.

Typically, the beach would be full of people in costumes jumping into the cold water, but the Tybee Post Theater didn’t want to encourage the crowds of people. Instead, people can take a video of themselves taking the plunge from anywhere they want.

This year marks the twenty-second year of the plunge. On New Year’s Day at noon, people who’ve registered can jump in the water from anywhere they choose.

The plunge benefits the Tybee Post Theater, and Executive Director Melissa Turner says with how hurt they are financially from this year they knew they had to find a way to put on the event. Those who plunge are asked to take videos or pictures of themselves to submit to the event’s Facebook page.

Turner says they’ll still be giving out prizes to winners of various categories and the opportunity to take part in the popular “Gang of Goofs” costume contest. Turner says so far, they have about 600 people registered. See more ….

Taking the (Polar) Plunge

Taking the (Polar) Plunge

Annual favorite event on Tybee rings in the New Year

By Rachael Flora/ConnectSavannah

EVERY YEAR on New Year’s Day, at high noon, hundreds of shivering revelers storm into the Atlantic Ocean, all in the name of charity.

The Tybee Polar Plunge has been a tradition for quite some time. The Tybee Post Theatre took over the festivities in 2012, but Executive Director Melissa Turner estimates it had gone on for a dozen years prior.

“It was started by some guys that were with the American Legion post on Tybee, and the original one was just a probably crazy drunken dare on New Year’s Day,” laughs Turner.

Over the years, the drunken dare snowballed into a major tradition, complete with commemorative T-shirts, that benefited local Tybee charities. It became such a big deal that the original organizers decided to hand the reins to the Tybee Post.

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Dare to dip at annual Tybee Polar Plunge

Dare to dip at annual Tybee Polar Plunge

By Christopher Berinato/SMN

The saying goes, that which doesn’t destroy us only makes us stronger. Well, what better way to toughen yourself up and start the new year strong than by running headlong into the frigid waters of the Atlantic Ocean?

Tybee Island is continuing this wild tradition with its annual Tybee Polar Plunge on New Year’s Day. READ MORE

Polar brrrr: 2018 Tybee Polar Plunge benefits Post Theater

Polar brrrr: 2018 Tybee Polar Plunge benefits Post Theater

By Christopher Berinato/SMN

The legendary Phoenix may purge itself in fire to begin anew, but there is no need to be so dramatic. A brisk dip in the Atlantic Ocean works just as well to start the New Year right.

The 2018 Tybee Polar Plunge offers a fun opportunity for friends and families to take the icy challenge, with proceeds going to support the beloved Tybee Post Theater.

Thousands of participants are expected to take the mad dash into the water Jan. 1. The popular event kicks off with the Gang of Goofs costume contest and parade at 11 a.m. …Read more.