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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