Crofton Polar Bear Swim a New Year’s tradition

There will probably be more spectators than participants, but it’s a lot of fun

The last “official” Crofton polar bear swim in 2019 drew a good crowd. (File photo by Don Bodger)

The last “official” Crofton polar bear swim in 2019 drew a good crowd. (File photo by Don Bodger)

Crofton Fire Department members are pumped up about the return of the Crofton Polar Bear Swim.

Sunday, Jan. 1, 2023 will be the first official event that the department usually organizes since New Year’s Day 2020. Informal swims were still held by a few diehards in the community since the pandemic in January 2021 and 2022.

Many brave souls are expected to usher in 2023 with a refreshing quick dip at the Crofton boat launch at noon.

Firefighters and the public – whether participants or supportive spectators – will start to gather at 11:30 a.m. There will be hot chocolate and hot dogs available for the swimmers and spectators.

It’s almost like Halloween in January, with some of the courageous participants dressing up in costumes. Spectators can get a great vantage point of the action from the ferry wharf above near the ticket booth.

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