Here’s the group of swimmers and land supporters at the Thetis Island Polar Plunge. It’s not the entire group, as some had left before everyone was gathered together for a photo. (Photo by Carol Sowerby)

Polar Plunge on Thetis an exhilarating experience

Eight swimmers and a dozen supporters mark the start of 2019 in chilling fashion

The Chill is Gone.

It may have only lasted a short time, but those moments were exhilarating for the eight people who braved the elements for the Thetis Island Polar Plunge on New Year’s Day.

The enthusiastic group of polar-blooded folks gathered in Preedy Harbour, just days after the worst storm in recent history. Perhaps it was an excessive amount of heat generated from the unwavering spirit of those who endured the week-long power outage on Thetis over the winter solstice and Christmas that led to repeated polar plunges to make the beginning of 2019 special.

About a dozen people also turned out to show their support for the plungers.

Those in the water used an effective warming strategy to stay in the water a bit longer.

According to participant Kelly Bannister, “the hardest part was getting to the beach after all the log pile from the storm.”

 

Genny Redman, Anne-Marie Koeppen, Tatiana Ishwari Nemchin, Carolyn Askew, Gerhard Wanney and Kelly Bannister take a moment before getting all wet. Two other swimmers joined them. (Photo courtesy of Kelly Bannister).

Dawn Gordon, Kelly Bannister, Gerhard Wanney and Tatiana Ishwari Nemchin use an effective warming strategy in the water. (Photo by Carol Sowerby)

Tatiana Ishwari Nemchin is fully invigorated after taking the plunge. Still in the water at the time are: Dawn Gordon, Anne-Marie Koeppen, Kelly Bannister and Genny Redman. (Photo by Carol Sowerby)

Just Posted

Play revolves around teenagers in thought-provoking dialect

Chemainus Theatre’s I & You focuses on the development of an unlikely friendship

Stouffer in a class of her own without Proteau in the field

Fairwinds golfer captures Mount Brenton ladies’ golf tournament by 15 strokes

Tour de Rock cyclists gear up on training ride

Stops in Ladysmith and Chemainus part of the fanfare and preparations

Sculpture relocation plan works perfectly in Chemainus

Heavy lifting required to place Cline’s work into Heritage Square

Police seek tips in 2015 death of Brown

Four years has passed since the body of Penelakut Island teen was discovered

VIDEO: Could we BE any more excited? ‘Friends’ fans go crazy for merch

Movie theatres will show select episodes to mark the NBC series’ 25th anniversary

Vancouver Island RCMP hunt for man after pair of indecent exposure incidents

Elderly Qualicum Beach woman grabbed by man who had been masturbating in the woods

Bodies of two missing Surrey men found near Ashcroft

Ryan Provencher and Richard Scurr have been missing since July 17

Pile of wood mulch ‘spontaneously combusts’ at Vancouver Island industrial site

Business owner thanks fire department for quick response

Five hedgehogs quickly adopted after being left at BC SPCA

Lucky new owners picked up their pets from Maple Ridge branch on Aug. 20

B.C. cricket players get interrupted by racist remark

Community has had protocols in place for years to respond to prejudice

Groovy B.C. wedding a throwback to Woodstock ‘69

Couple hosts themed wedding 50 years after legendary festival

Nearly 50% of Canadians experience ‘post-vacation blues’: poll

48 per cent of travellers are already stressed about ‘normal life’ while still on their trip

Most Read