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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 ….

2021 Tybee Polar Plunge goes virtual

2021 Tybee Polar Plunge goes virtual

TybeeIsland.com

We couldn’t let a year go by — not even this year! — without the return of the world-famous, Guinness-World-Record-setting Tybee Polar Plunge! So, it’s back! With a pandemic twist!

This year, the Tybee Post Theater’s big annual fundraiser is going virtual! You can take the Plunge anywhere you want! It’s still on New Year’s Day at high noon, but you pick the body of water.  From Long Beach to Long Island, and yes, anywhere along the Tybee beach, we don’t care!

For the past 22 years, the annual New Year’s Day Tybee Polar Plunge has been held at the Tybee Pier and Pavilion, where several thousand brave souls would gather to stampede together into the chilly waters of the Atlantic Ocean en masse. This year, due to the ongoing pandemic and restrictions on large gatherings of people, the Tybee Post Theater decided the event would go on, but go on virtually.

Tybee Polar Plunge goes virtual

Tybee Polar Plunge goes virtual

By WSAV Staff

The annual Tybee Polar Plunge is going virtual.

For the past 22 years, the Tybee Polar Plunge has been held at the Tybee Pier and Pavilion, where several thousand people have run into the chilly waters of the Atlantic Ocean at once.

This year, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Tybee Post Theater’s annual fundraiser will be held virtually. The event will still be held on New Year’s Day at high noon, but participants can choose to take the plunge anywhere they want. Read 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